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A Comparison of Dental Crowns - Front and Back Teeth

Dental crowns can be made of different materials. Some are strong, affordable but doesn't look very natural, others are highly aesthetic, durable but quite expensive. Find out what factors you (and your dentist) should consider when making a decision about the type of crown to use.

Dental crowns are available in the shape of a tooth and are used to restore a brittle, weak, broken or cracked tooth. All these issues can be solved with the dental crowns that are available nowadays.

These crowns come in different materials like zirconia, gold, porcelain and others.

Crowns for the front teeth
The ideal crowns for the front tooth are the porcelain crowns. These come in three categories which are as the following:

Bonded all porcelain is the most preferred choice of the dentist. However, these materials are not very strong by itself. If the dentist is good at his job and can fix it well then the threat of it breaking can be minimized.

Extra strong all porcelain is the second in this category which is made of new ceramics strong materials. Many dentists prefer these to the previously mentioned due to the fact that these do not need to be fixed in a special way as the bonded ones. They are strong and easy to fit.

Porcelain fused to metal is the third in this category. Dentists or patients, who are not too keen about how the crown looks, go in for this kind of option which is a good replacement but not as good as the others mentioned earlier. Any nonprofessional can understand that someone has got a crown fit when this material is used. It also has the tendency to get black, near gum lines which surely makes it prominent.

Crowns for the back tooth
For the back tooth, it is advisable to use something which is strong without caring much about the look since it is at the back and is usually not visible.

Probably the best option is the porcelain fused to metal crown. Since this has metal, it makes it strong. It is easily understood that a crown has been used for the back tooth when using this, but as mentioned earlier, the back tooth is not visible so nobody can notice the fitting.

Porcelain alone is not a good choice at all as the back tooth is used for chewing food and the porcelain can be easily affected with some food items.

Metals like gold are also a good option for those who have the funds and even do not bother about the golden glitter which makes it so prominent. It is best to think a bit about the looks and not go in for a gold one as that could be glittery.

How much does a dental crown cost?

It's hard to give an exact estimate as prices greatly depend on your geographical location, the experience of the dentist and the material of the crown.

Resin crowns are the most affordable, but they don't last very long, so you should really look for crowns made of some more advanced materials.

For back tooth, a porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM crown) is a good choice, in the US this costs around $1,000 - $1,200. You might see significantly higher prices in large metro areas, though.

For front tooth dentists usually recommend all ceramic solutions, like zirconia or emax. They are a few hundred dollars more expensive than PFM crowns, however due to their enhanced aesthetics, they usually worth the extra cost.