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A dental crown is a tooth-shaped outer shell that is cemented onto a tooth build up or replacement post. Crowns are used to restore the size, color, shape of a broken tooth. Crowns can be used to strengthen a weak tooth or to cover root canals. Crowns can be made from porcelain, metal or a combination called porcelain-fused-to-metal.
The cost of a dental crown depends on the materials used; the size, location and condition of the tooth; local rates; and the dentist’s training and experience. Depending on the material of the crown the cost can range between $780 to $1700. (In Mexico crowns range from $250 for porcelain to $450 for an EMax composite). Dental insurance might cover a portion of your crown cost. The problem with some insurance policies is that even when they say they cover 80% of a given dental procedure, watch out if they use the term UCR which stands for “Usual, Customary, and Reasonable” fee criteria. Basically it means that they will pay 80% of any fee that the insurance company considers to be reasonable; of course, you have to pay the rest. What this means to you is that your dentist may charge you, say, $1000 for a crown. However your insurance company may consider $1000 to be unreasonable and will only pay 80% of the first $600. So instead of paying only $200 for the crown you’ll actually end up paying $560!
Crowns come in many materials and options. Materials range from stainless to PFM Porcelain, to Zirconium ceramic to EMax veneers. More on Dental Crowns from WebMD.
Differences between PFM versus all e-max and zirconia crowns
Porcelain fused to metal dental crown (PFM)
A PFM dental crown is indicated in case of minimal inter-occlusal clearance that requires a stronger restoration. It is also used on any tooth that requires a full crown for preventive and restorative purposes.
PFM dental crown is contraindicated when the size of the tooth pulp is negligibly smaller thus compromising the tooth preparation process. It is also contraindicated when the clinical tooth crown is very short and lacks the required stability including retention that is enough to provide the space for porcelain and metal. An e-max or a zirconium crown can be a best option when one is looking for an aesthetic appearing tooth crown.
The E-Max dental crown is considered to be a best inclusion in dental crown technology. It is a form of all-ceramic crown which provides best aesthetic appearance by complimenting with the natural teeth and it lasts longer. It has an appealing translucent color and is highly durable with extra strength.
Emax crown is generally constructed by 4 techniques: Pressed, milled Yttrium Zirconia, pressed to Zirconia, and a milled esthetic glass.
E-max crown is indicated for stained or damaged teeth with poor quality and to provide an aesthetic look. The E-max crown consists of a block of top grade material, lithium di-silicate ceramic which assures correct fitting, durability, toughness, and opaqueness thus it is priced more. The crown is also made of a glass ceramic crown that is endurable with a higher toughness but still providing a delicate look.
The E-max crown has a lifelike shape and transparent color that provides an exact color match with the patient’s own natural teeth. It has no metal alloy base thus does not affect the aesthetics around the gum line. The crown is long lasting, strong, and less prone to fractures when compared to other traditional crown types. When compared to zirconia crowns, an E-Max crown is less likely to get chipped.
A zirconia crown is made of a strong, biocompatible material, zirconia which is also used in medical applications like artificial joints. It is a well-known, type of all-ceramic crown which significantly improves the tooth appearance that has been previously disfigured or stained for years.
Different types of zirconium dental crowns include:
glass-infiltrated zirconium toughened alumina (InCeram Zirconia)
yttrium cation-doped tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (Cercon Zirconia)
partially stabilized zirconium (Mg-PSZ)
shrinkage free ZrSiO4 ceramic
Cercon Base ZrO2 sintered crown
Zirconia is a crystal form that is indestructible and lasts longer. It has adequate strength and durability. In fact, its crown cannot be spotted amongst natural teeth. Patients are least likely to develop an allergic reaction to zirconia and thus considered a safe option when compared to porcelain fused to metal crowns.
Zirconia crown is long lasting, easy to wear and durable when compared to other crowns. The translucent appearance of zirconia crowns blends well with the natural teeth color and thus provides the most pleasing appearance. It requires minimal tooth preparation thus preserves most of the original tooth substance which is also favorable while removing the crown. Hence, zirconia crown is an ideal option to cover-up the damage including stains and to restore the tooth function.
Cost Estimation of PFM crown, E-max crown and zirconia crown The cost per porcelain fused to metal crown is approximately $700. An E-max crown costs around $1200 each, while a zirconia crown costs around $1500 per unit. (In Mexico a fused to metal PFM crown costs $250-$300, E-max $450 and zirconia $500).