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Dental Crowns 101: Types of Crowns and Their Advantages

Dental crowns are important in today’s society, with over 2.3 million implant crowns made annually.

People lose teeth all the time, and it’s best to keep that smile young and fresh. So, if you are in need of a dental crown, it may be overwhelming. 

Let’s talk about the types of crowns you can talk to your dentist about and find out which is right for you.

How the Crown Is Installed

There are two ways that a crown is installed over a broken tooth, in place of a missing tooth, or after a root canal. Here are the ways and why they are popular options.

Bridges

Dental bridges are crowns that are installed by securing it to an underlying tooth, surrounding teeth, and even gums if necessary.

If the tooth has been removed, then these are often temporary solutions that will last for 5-10 years. However, they are quite affordable with average costs between $500 to $1200.

Bridges are custom-designed to fit your dental patterns, and they are a pain-free way to get your smile back to normal.

Implants

Implants are the most effective, permanent way to fill in that gap. Once a tooth is removed, a rod is implanted into your gums as an artificial root to hold the new crown in place.

This is a permanent fix that should last a lifetime, keeping your smile intact. However, this is a more expensive option, with costs totaling in the range of $3,000 to $4,500.

Types of Crowns

Now that we know how the crowns are used, let’s talk about what they’re made of. Some crowns work best on existing teeth, and others work best for replacements.

Porcelain

Ceramic crowns are typically used to replace front teeth and it is made of porcelain to blend in with your smile.

When used for back teeth, the porcelain is attached to a metal structure for extra strength, and it is extremely durable. Porcelain is an excellent option for implants and full-size bridges.

Gold Alloys

With a mix of gold, copper and other metals, this is a strong option to be bonded to an existing tooth. This crown will not decay or cause any damage to the existing tooth, making it a popular option, especially after a root canal.

Check out more about these alloys to best understand their benefits.

Base Metal Alloys

This crown is made up of non-noble metals that are highly resistant to corrosion, and make for a very strong crown. It also requires the least amount of the existing tooth to be removed prior to fitting.

Next Steps

Now that you know the types of crowns available, there is no time like the present to get one for yourself. Crowns are extremely necessary to prevent any more damage to your teeth.

If you are looking for a crown today after a procedure or breaking your tooth, check out our crown services today.

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