During our lifetime, teeth can get damaged for various reasons: tooth decay, accidents, and the passing of time, among others. To solve this issue, dental crowns in Mexico are a great option.
This tooth restoration option can rehabilitate the shape, strength, and appearance of a tooth.
When visiting their trusted dentist in Mexico, patients can choose between different types of dental crowns; porcelain fused to metal, full porcelain (E-max), zirconia, or gold.
When is a dental crown needed?Dental crowns may be necessary for various reasons, including:
- To cover a misshapen or damaged tooth
- To shield teeth that have been weakened by decay or a very large filling
- To complete dental implants
- On dental bridges
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown, also known as a “cap”, is an artificial restoration shaped like a tooth that is placed over the remaining part of a prepared tooth or a dental implant, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
Step by Step Dental Crown Procedure
Before starting to prepare the tooth where the crown will be placed, your dentist will examine your teeth and mouth and might need you to get some x-rays to check the state of your roots and bone.
Preparing the tooth
To begin, your dentist will anesthetize the area where the tooth is and the gum tissue around it. The next step is to reshape the tooth where the crown will be placed; the tooth will be shaped according to the type of crown the patient will be getting.
If there’s a large area of tooth missing, your dentist will use a filling material to rebuild the tooth so it can support the crown.
When the tooth is reshaped, the next step is to take impressions of the tooth. They can be taken using a special paste or sometimes they’re made with a digital scanner.
Impressions of the upper and lower teeth will be made too, to be sure the crown is not going to affect the bite of the patient.
Then, the impressions will be sent to a dental lab where the crown will be made; the period for the fabrication of the crown will depend on the material chosen.
To protect the prepared tooth, your dentist might place a temporary crown while your crown is being made at the dental lab.
A temporary crown will not match perfectly with your natural teeth as a permanent one does; they’re also not as tough, so you’ll have to take extra care of them.
While having a temporary crown try to avoid hard or sticky foods and floss and brush gently.
Placing the Permanent Crown
Once your dental crown has been manufactured, you’ll have to make a second visit to the dentist's office to get your permanent crown placed.
Your dentist will make sure that your new crown has been made correctly, ensuring that the fit and color match properly. Then, your temporary crown will be removed.
After making sure everything is correct, your dentist may administer an anesthetic to numb the area and then permanently fix the dental crown over the tooth using strong dental cement.
Types of dental crowns
There is a variety of materials that can be used to make dental crowns:
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
This type of dental crown has been dentistry’s main choice for a long time because of its great esthetic results and its strength and reliability. They can be used for both, front and back teeth.
Some advantages of porcelain fused to metal crowns are:
- Great durability
PFM dental crowns have an elaboration time of 3 to 5 days depending on the specific conditions of the patient.
Zirconia is a ceramic material that is stronger than porcelain and also provides exceptional aesthetics. Dental crowns made of this material are starting to be used more commonly.
They offer many advantages such as:
- Great strength
- Great biocompatibility
This type of dental crown is a great choice for back teeth thanks to the great mechanical strength it provides.
Zirconia crowns are crafted in a dental laboratory using CAD/CAM technology; the elaboration period is of approximately 5 days.
This is an all-porcelain crown, made from a single block of lithium disilicate making it resistant, and durable.
Some advantages of E-max crowns are:
- Great match to natural teeth
- Very durable
- Less risk of chipping
As a result of their remarkable translucency, E-max crowns have a beautiful, lifelike appearance, making them perfect for the restoration of front teeth.
When getting E-max dental crowns, the time required for the procedure is approximately 4 days, we recommend sometimes spending an additional day to make any adjustments if necessary.
Gold dental crowns are made of gold fused in porcelain material and although they can restore any tooth, they’re often used for back teeth due to their strength and the fact that they are not tooth-colored.
Some of the advantages they offer are:
- Highly resistant to corrosion
- Exceptional strength
This type of crown is less likely to break and chip in comparison to other dental crowns, of course, this can also raise the price of them, but in the long run, it can save you money as you won’t have to replace them that often.
The elaboration time of gold dental crowns involves 6 days with daily appointments of around 1 to 2 hours each.
Patients interested in gold crowns must request them at least one week prior to the initial appointment.
Dental Crown Cost in Mexico
The price of dental crowns depends on the material, the location of the crown, and how complex the procedure will be; typically, getting dental crowns in the United States can cost over 1,500 USD per tooth.
Getting dental crowns in Mexico can help you rehabilitate the functionality and appearance of your teeth at the best price.
At our clinics you can get dental crowns at a greatly affordable price, providing the same high-quality results; the zirconia crowns price here at Sani Dental Group starts at 450 USD or you can get beautiful porcelain crowns at a starting price of 395 USD. Learn more about our great dental crown prices.
In addition to having the best dental work prices, we also offer dental financing options to make paying for your dental care convenient and easy, and all of our treatments have up to a 5-year full warranty.
Dental Crowns at Sani Dental Group
With more than 30 years of experience, here at Sani Dental Group, we work hard to keep bringing the best quality dentistry and dental care to our patients.
Our team of dentists is dedicated to providing patients with the best dental care so that they can achieve the perfect smile while also regaining teeth functionality.
FAQ Dental Crowns
1. Can a dental crown fall off?
Yes, dental crowns can fall off or get loose due to injuries, biting on really hard foods, or due to problems with the tooth underneath. It is important to contact your dentist if this happens.
2. Is it possible to get a cavity under a crown?
Yes, it is possible. Cavities by marginal decay are the most common, and it happens in the margins of the crown, which are difficult to keep clean, making them vulnerable to decay.
3. How long will my dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last up to 15 years. This will depend on the care provided to them.
4. How do I take care of my dental crowns?
Some recommendations to take proper care of your dental crowns are:
- Take care of your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily to prevent decay and bacteria.
- Avoid hard or sticky foods. This type of foods can cause your crown to chip and crack. It’s important to not consume them regularly.
- Visit your dentist regularly for oral exams. During these visits your dentist will make sure your crown is in good condition.
5. Do I have to clean under my dental bridge?
Yes! You can use floss to clean in, between the gum and the base of the bridge, and clean under the false tooth to remove plaque.