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Choosing the Right Type of Crown for Your Smile

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Has your dentist informed you that you need a crown on a tooth that is visible when you smile?  How about needing a crown in the back of your mouth, where it is not easy to see when you smile?

Here are three common types of dental crowns:

Ceramic or Porcelain– These crowns are made out of porcelain or dental ceramic and they are popular for their tooth-colored, natural looking appearance.

Metal– Metal alloy crowns are made out of gold or silver-colored dental materials.  These are known to be strong and durable for excessive biting forces.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM)- For these crowns, porcelain covers metal in these crowns.  These can be both durable and have a great appearance at the same time.

How do you know which crown is right for you?

Here are some things to consider when choosing a crown for your tooth:

Where is the tooth needing a crown located?  Is it in the front or back of your mouth?  Typically, tooth-colored crowns are preferred on teeth towards the front of your mouth due to their appearance to enhance your smile.  Metal crowns are usually recommended on your back teeth because of their durability and they are not as visible when smiling.

Compare the cost of different crowns with and without insurance.  Generally, the ceramic crowns are 10-20% more expensive than the metal and PFM crowns.  Crowns will typically not be covered by insurance if they are under 5 years old (and you used the same insurance originally) or they are purely for cosmetic reasons.

If you need a crown but you are unsure of which type of crown is best for you, talk to your dentist to discuss your options.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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