Which types are the most expensive? Are the lower cost materials less safe or do they have any other disadvantages?
What Types of Dental Crown Material Are the Most Effective?
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Different Types of Dental Crowns
There are many types of crowns that all have their place and time to be used in dentistry. There are gold crowns, porcelain fused to metal, and all ceramic crowns. All ceramic crowns are my choice anytime I can place them because of their ability to be bonded to enamel and their superior aesthetic qualities compared to the others. Your dentist would look at your particular case and determine the most viable option for you.
Dental crown materials
There are many different types of crowns, these could be all gold, or porcelain fused to metal, or all ceramic. There is really no one best material for all situations. I would be very cautious of crowns at the low end of the price range for your area. Often these are porcelain fused to metal crowns which contain nickel instead of a precious metal such as gold. The issue with nickel is that many people, particularly women, are allergic to it. This increases the chances of problems later on. These types of crowns are also frequently made offshore for a very low cost and with questionable quality.
Crown material choices
I dont charge different fees for different crowns. Each situation dictates which material would be best. Examples are gold, porcelain fused to gold and all-porcelain. Many factors lead to the propper choice; too long to explain in one email.
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Dental Crown Effectiveness
Your question is about effectiveness and expense. Often, the two go together, because in every service business, the end result depends on many factors including the quality of materials used. Dentists can have crowns done by artists who use the finest materials and create beautiful, life-like crowns, or they can choose laboratories that use the cheapest materials and don't focus on creating precise fits to your teeth. This can be much cheaper, but ultimately can destroy your teeth. Not a bargain, then!
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