When a dentist recommends porcelain crowns as a restorative option, many patients tend to associate the procedure with the anticipated costs. While the placement of a crown may not seem like much to a layperson, it pays to consider all the facets before being put off by the seemingly big price tag. In fact, a porcelain crown is considered a great investment when appropriately examined for all its benefits – especially when you study what goes into making it look and feel like your own natural tooth.
In the past, crowns are partially made of porcelain with a metal base – known in the industry as Porcelain-Fused Metal (PFM) crowns. The porcelain crowns of today are entirely constructed out of the aesthetic material hence affording a life-like appearance in both form and function. Not only that. Today’s patients are given many more options when it comes to colour matching their pearlies to the rest of their natural teeth. This is very important to ensure a seamless blend of restored and natural teeth, so that they are virtually indistinguishable from each other.
Porcelain Crowns for Both Looks and Quality
Full porcelain crowns are also more aesthetically pleasing compared to older types of crown. Metal-based crowns have a tendency of developing black lines that border the gums. The modern crowns, on the other hand, boast better design control without the appearance flaws that plague the outmoded procedures.
When it comes to quality of the composition, all-porcelain crowns are robust and built to last for a long time. While it may be true that when compared to the metal-backed restorations, the strength of all-porcelain crowns are mildly weaker in their construction, all normal mastication functions generally remain intact. The integrity of the restored crown certainly holds up well in terms of its engineering and solid construction for use in your mouth!
For all of these benefits you would have to expect a higher investment cost. If nothing else, the production costs would naturally rise in tandem with the cost of technology that makes all-porcelain crowns possible. As with most new breakthrough technologies and their entailing R&D costs, the implementation of improved practices and materials incurs certain expenses that need to be factored into the cost price of the crown and the relevant procedures. Thankfully, the superior product you get at the end justifies the additional costs.
Last but not least, the professional training and expertise of the dentist cannot be marginalized in a discussion regarding the costs of the dental work. The investment reflects not only the years of training and experience that the dentist possesses, but often belies the skill and artistry that is necessary to create a precise cosmetic restoration that looks and feels like your own natural teeth. You would also need to factor in the time and all the preparatory considerations that goes into the dental work. The dentist isn’t the only one involved in the process but carries out the exacting task alongside dental assistants, hygienists, and any others.
Indeed, when you begin to factor in all these aspects of considerations, it does paint a more accurate picture of the actual work that a full-porcelain crown represents.
If you are looking for advice on dental crowns contact client management team at Quality Dental in North Sydney to book an appointment – call (02) 9922 1159 or visit www.qualitydental.com.au