Types Of Dental Crowns And Cost

Are you in need of a dental crown after a root canal treatment? If so, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the different material options your dentist has presented to you. It’s important to choose the right material for your crown, and in this article, we will explore the various types available to help you make an informed decision.

Types Of Dental Crowns And Cost
Types Of Dental Crowns And Cost

All Metal Crowns:

First and foremost, we have all metal crowns. These crowns are typically made from nickel chromium or cobalt chromium alloys. While they are strong and durable, they may not be aesthetically pleasing as they don’t resemble natural teeth. Therefore, they are often recommended for posterior teeth. Additionally, they are the most affordable option available.

Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) Crowns:

The second option is PFM crowns, which consist of two layers – a metal coping and a ceramic layering on top. These crowns offer a more natural appearance compared to all metal crowns, making them suitable for both anterior and posterior teeth. If budget is a concern, PFM crowns are a viable choice.

Zirconia Crowns:

Zirconia crowns are known for their exceptional strength and lifelike appearance. However, they have an opaque quality that makes them less natural-looking than our own teeth. Despite this drawback, they can be used for both anterior and posterior teeth, and their cost falls between that of PFM and lithium disilicate crowns.

Lithium Disilicate Crowns:

Considered the most aesthetically pleasing option, lithium disilicate crowns closely resemble natural teeth. They are ideal for those seeking a highly aesthetic result, as they are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth. These crowns are available for both anterior and posterior teeth, but they tend to be more expensive.

When it comes to recommending a crown material, the choice depends on several factors. For patients with limited financial means, all metal crowns may be the only viable option. However, in most cases, dentists would suggest PFM, zirconia, or lithium disilicate crowns for optimal results.

At my clinic, I believe in providing my patients with all the available options. I take the time to explain the pros and cons of each material and offer my recommendation based on their specific needs. Ultimately, the decision lies with the patient as they choose the crown that suits them best.

One common concern among patients is whether metal crowns cause issues during an MRI. It’s important to note that all metal crowns, such as those made from nickel chromium or cobalt chromium, are ferromagnetic and can cause artifacts or distortion in an MRI scan. If you have any questions about interactions between different materials and MRI scans or the suitability of implants for MRI, please let me know in the comments below, and I will address it in a future video.

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