The predominant material choice for all-ceramic crowns today is either zirconia or aluminous materials. They provide a metal-free aesthetic option with a number of benefits.
All-Ceramic Porcelain Crowns
By eliminating the need for the supportive metal core, an aesthetic all-ceramic crown can be created with a reduced thickness of material. This makes them a more favorable treatment choice in areas with limited space. Additionally, the elimination of the metal core allows for light transmission through the porcelain for better optical, life-like properties and a higher level of aesthetics.
All-ceramic materials continue to evolve in strength and durability, but caution should still be exercised for areas of the mouth requiring heavy function. Continuing research is exploring the significant vulnerabilities of the porcelain systems in such areas.
The cost of a dental crown depends on several factors, including the technical demands of the treatment, the training and expertise of the dentist, the training and expertise of the dental technologist, and the location of the dentist. Dental Crowns may range in price from $1,000 to $1,200 and last between 10 and 15 years or longer, though results vary depending upon your unique considerations.
Regardless of treatment coverage by your dental insurance policy, or if you don’t have insurance, you always have the option to finance your Dental Crowns through CareCredit directly at our office. Alternatively, if you do not require financing, a 10% courtesy can be applied for a full up-front payment.
Prolonging the Life of a Crown
The longevity of the full coverage crown is determined by the precision of its fit to the underlying tooth. The fit of a crown can vary tremendously and requires attention to detail by the providing dentist. An ill-fitted dental crown can house bacteria that may build into more serious tooth decay in years to come.
It is also important that the tooth be in a healthy state to ensure its longevity. In all cases, your dentist will evaluate the gums and supporting bone structure to ensure these supporting tissues are in a healthy state. This protects the tooth and minimizes the potential for eventual gum recession that exposes the crown margin.