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Dental Crowns - All You Need to Know

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Dental crowns are replacing a damaged tooth crown. In this article about dental crowns you will find when a dental crown is needed and which types of dental crowns exist and what differentiates them. The procedure of placement the dental crowns as well as their price is also discussed here.

What is a Dental Crown?

                A dental crown is used for restoring the aesthetic appearance and function of damaged tooth. It acts as an artificial replacement of the tooth’s crown. When cemented into place (on existing tooth or on a dental implant) it will fully encase the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line.

When a dental crown may be needed?

  1. To protect a tooth with insufficient structural strength from cracking.
  2. If you have a broken tooth or one that has reduced functionality.
  3. To restore a tooth that has a very large cavity. If the cavity is large enough that the walls of the tooth remain very thin, just placing a filling may result in a deep fracture of the tooth’s root. The fracture of the root leads to the tooth extraction.
  4. In case of misshapen teeth or serious cosmetic reasons that cannot be resolved with veneers.
  5. Restoring a dental implant


Types of Dental Crowns

                Although all dental crowns have the same function of replacing a damaged tooth crown, there are different types depending on the materials they’re made of.

Full Metal

                The cheapest and most durable dental crowns are the ones made of stainless steel. However, they severely lack in aesthetics because of their metallic aspect. Their use may be temporary until a proper one is placed. Two important advantages is that metal outlast any other types of dental crowns and they are easier to work with –can be made to fit better. Although widely used long ago, the choice for gold alloy dental crowns have been replaced by patients opting for more natural looking porcelain crowns. Metal crowns might be uncomfortable for patients with teeth sensible to heat as metals are good thermal conductors.

All-Porcelain & Ceramic

                They are made from a glass-like material and in terms of aspect it qualifies as a good looking replacement for natural teeth. However, porcelain and ceramic don’t last as long as full metal or porcelain fused to metal crowns, which constitutes their main drawback. It’s the best choice for patient that are allergic to metals.


                Resin crowns have a great appearance, cost less, they blend the best of all crown types with the other teeth, but it’s also the least durable. Despite being much more prone to breaking than any other crowns, it may be the best choice for a patient that values most the aesthetic aspect and needs to restore a frontal tooth. A resin crown is suitable to patients that are allergic to metals.

Porcelain Fused to Metal

                These are the most common types of crown because of their natural look and feel and that they are more durable than all-porcelain crowns. Under the porcelain shell there is a metallic cap that adds structural strength when cemented on the tooth. Sometimes, due to the gum receding or bad crown placement, the metal underlying the crown porcelain might show as a dark line along the gum and crown contact line.

Porcelain Fused to Zirconium

                Zirconium dioxide has become the preferred material to use in dental crowns because of its aesthetic and functional properties. It is a strong material, doesn’t conduct heat, it’s non-metallic, free of corrosion and its margins never darken. Zirconium based dental crowns have almost the same translucency as the natural teeth and it eliminates completely the dark line at the gum line that may appear with porcelain fused to metal crowns.


The Procedure

                The first step is being looked at by a dentist. After examining the tooth and its root by having X-rays, the restoration choices will be determined. A root canal may be needed in case the nerve’s chamber has been damaged. If a dental crown is what the dentist recommends, then the tooth will be prepared for its placement. An impression of the area will be taken so that the crown will integrate perfectly with the surrounding teeth. Until the crown will be manufactured (a couple of days up to two weeks, depending on the laboratory your clinic is working with) a temporary crown will be placed. The actual placing of the crown can be done in a 15 minutes appointment.


Total Cost:

Country Crown - Porcelain Fused to Metal  Crown - Porcelain Fused to Zirconium Crown - Gold
Costa Rica  260    
Croatia  290 301 325
Cyprus  403    
Greece  201 352  
Hungary  251 387 236
India  96 148  
Italy  485    
Lithuania  229    
Malaysia  141    
Philippines  58   683
Poland  291 446 384
Slovakia  204 350  
Spain  366 346 149
Thailand  222    
Turkey  232 318  


        The factors contributing to the price you’ll pay for dental crown are diverse:

  1. Geographic location – highest prices are in USA while the lowest are in India.
  2. Type of crown – Zirconium based crowns are the most expensive, but also the best choice
  3. Experience and training of the dentist
  4. Condition and size of the tooth
  5. There may be a need for additional procedures like root canals, or dental implants
  6. Additional X-rays that are not included with the treatment


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