A porcelain dental crown may be the answer to restoring a decayed or damaged tooth. It would be nice if we could simply regrow new teeth when one becomes damaged, but teeth weren’t designed to do that.
Fortunately, sometimes fixing a tooth is a matter of the dentist placing a filling or, in the case of a tooth with extensive damage, a porcelain crown. At Dental Arts of South Jersey, porcelain crowns are becoming the preferred choice of many patients looking to restore and repair their teeth.
A variety of materials, including metals, go into creating dental crowns. Metals stand up to chewing forces well, but they are not as esthetically appealing as porcelain. Some people like the look of gold crowns, but, more often than not, people tend to prefer a crown that looks as natural as the rest of their teeth.
Porcelain crowns provide a win-win for cosmetic dental restorations. Porcelain is a strong and durable material. It also resists stains and bacteria. There are two different types of porcelain crowns:
In the former, you keep the added strength of the metal interior. Pair this with the look and feel of porcelain for the exterior. The disadvantage is that sometimes the metal interior is visible. Although, an adjustment to the crowned tooth can sometimes take care of this. The metal interior also makes for a thicker crown. This, in turn, requires further tooth preparation to make room for the crown.
If esthetics are a concern, the all-ceramic crown may provide a better option.
Dental technology has evolved much over the years as have dental restoration techniques and materials. The all-ceramic crowns fit the bill here.
Often, all-ceramic crowns use zirconia or other aluminous material in their makeup. These materials lend the crown a more life-like appearance. They are also thinner and need less tooth preparation. But, all-ceramic crowns are not without their disadvantages. All-ceramic crowns are strong and durable. However, they are not always the best choice for heavy chewing surfaces.
The cost of a dental crown varies due to many factors including the type of crown you choose and the size of the tooth surface that is to receive the crown.
The average crown can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,500. A consultation with your dentist can provide a tailored estimate to your individual situation.
Do you have dental insurance? Sometimes a dental insurance policy will cover some of the cost of crowns. If not, there are other ways to finance your dental care such as CareCredit.
The life of your porcelain crown depends on your unique situation. With proper dental care, a porcelain crown can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or longer. If you’re unsure about this, talk to us. We’d be happy to explain and demonstrate oral hygiene practices and products that will help you keep your crowns in good shape.
Our friendly staff at Dental Arts of South Jersey can assist you with your porcelain crown needs. If you have a damaged tooth in need of repair, give us a call today. We can help you determine if a porcelain crown is right for you.
For more information, call us today at (856) 324-3361 to schedule a consultation. Our professional staff are happy to assist you with all your dental health needs.