Metal Dental Crowns

Discover Metal-Based Dental Crown Restorations

When it comes to dental crowns, there are a few different types to choose from. One of the most common materials used for crowns is metal. Metal-based dental crowns have been around for decades and are a popular choice for many patients.

Learn more about metal dental crowns with our Wasilla dentist’s guide below.

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What Are Metal Dental Crowns?

Metal dental crowns have been around for decades and are a popular choice for many patients. These crowns are known for their strength and durability, which makes them a popular choice for back teeth. Metal dental crowns are also resistant to wear and tear and can withstand a significant amount of force.

What Type of Material is Used in Metal Dental Crowns?

There are several types of metal dental crowns available, including:

  • Gold crowns are made from gold alloy, which is highly biocompatible and resistant to corrosion.
  • Silver crowns are made from a combination of silver, tin, and other metals. They’re durable and affordable but can discolor over time.
  • Platinum crowns are made from platinum alloy, which is strong, durable, and resistant to corrosion. They’re more expensive than other types of metal crowns.
  • Palladium crowns are made from a combination of palladium, gold, and other metals. They are a good option for patients with metal allergies.
  • Base metal alloy crowns are made from a combination of non-noble metals such as nickel, chromium, and titanium. They’re strong, durable, and affordable, but can cause allergic reactions in some patients.

Benefits of Metal Dental Crowns

Several benefits can be gained by receiving metal crowns, including:

  • Strength and Durability: Metal crowns are extremely strong and can withstand significant pressure, making them an excellent choice for back teeth.
  • Longevity: Metal crowns can last for many years, often up to 20 years or more with proper care and maintenance.
  • Preservation of Natural Tooth Structure: Metal crowns require less removal of natural tooth structure compared to other types of crowns, such as porcelain or ceramic.
  • Resistance to Wear and Tear: Metal crowns are less likely to chip or break compared to other types of crowns.
  • Biocompatibility: Many types of metal used in dental crowns, such as gold and palladium, are highly biocompatible and unlikely to cause allergic reactions.

Drawbacks of Metal Dental Crowns

There are also a few drawbacks patients should be aware of when considering a metal crown, such as:

  • Appearance: Metal crowns aren’t tooth-colored and may be more noticeable than other types of crowns, especially if they’re used on front teeth.
  • Heat Conductivity: Metal crowns can conduct heat and cold, which may cause discomfort in some patients.
  • Wear on Opposing Teeth: Metal crowns may cause more wear on opposing teeth compared to other types of crowns, due to their hardness.
  • Cost: Metal crowns can be more expensive than other types of crowns, depending on the type of alloy used.
  • Allergies: While rare, some patients may be allergic to certain metals used in dental crowns, which can cause inflammation and other health issues.
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The Metal Dental Crown Process

Preparation and Impressions

The first step in getting a metal dental crown is to prepare the tooth. Your dentist will remove any decay or damage from the tooth and shape it to fit the crown. They may also need to build up the tooth if there’s not enough structure left to support the crown.

Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist will take impressions of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab, where the crown will be custom-made to fit your tooth and bite. In the meantime, they’ll place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made.

Crown Placement

When the permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to the dental office for the placement procedure. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the new crown on the tooth to check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.

Once the fit is perfect, they’ll cement the crown in place using a dental adhesive. They’ll then check your bite to ensure that the crown fits correctly with the opposing teeth.

Follow-Up Care

After the crown is placed,  you’ll be provided with instructions on how to care for it. You should continue to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, to keep the crown and surrounding teeth healthy.

Metal Dental Crown Costs

The cost of metal crowns can vary depending on several factors, including the geographic location, the dentist’s experience and expertise, the complexity of the case, and any additional procedures required. Generally, metal crowns tend to be more affordable compared to other types of crowns due to the cost of materials and the simplicity of their fabrication process.

On average, the cost of a metal crown can range from $800 to $1,500 per tooth. However, this is just an estimate, and prices can vary significantly. Dental insurance coverage may also affect the out-of-pocket expenses for a metal crown, as some insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are metal crowns safe?
How long do metal crowns last?
Can you have an MRI with metal crowns?
Are metal crowns safe?

Yes, metal crowns are generally considered safe. They‘ve been used for decades and have a proven track record of success. Some patients may be allergic to certain metals used in dental crowns, so it’s important to discuss any allergies or concerns with your dentist.

How long do metal crowns last?

Metal crowns can last for many years, often up to 20 years or more with proper care and maintenance. The lifespan of a dental crown depends on factors such as oral hygiene habits, diet, and general wear and tear.

Can you have an MRI with metal crowns?

While metal dental crowns are generally safe, they can interfere with some medical procedures, including MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Metal can cause artifacts on the MRI image, which can make it difficult for doctors to interpret the results. If you have a metal dental crown, inform your healthcare provider before undergoing an MRI so they can take appropriate precautions.

Discover if Metal Crowns are Right for Your Dental Needs

Metal dental crowns offer a strong and durable option for patients seeking a dental crown. Talk to Dr. Dawson about your options for dental crowns, and they can help you make the best decision for your unique situation. Contact our Wasilla office to schedule a consultation and begin your journey to a healthy, beautiful smile.

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