Dental Crowns

Photo Before and After Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns – High quality dentistry you can afford:

These restorative or cosmetic procedures are usually done in order to improve the appearance of your teeth and strengthen them. Individual teeth or implants are covered by dental crowns, and these are designed, custom-made, and fitted to look like your natural teeth.

You can get Dental Crowns through the Medical Tours Costa Rica Medical Tourism Group:

What are the reasons for this type of restorative dentistry?

  •  Protection for a tooth that had a root canal
  • Protection for a tooth that is weak.
  • When a cracked tooth needs to be held together and when it needs to be sealed from decay.
  • When a discolored tooth needs to be covered.
  • When a weak tooth needs to be restored.
  • When you need to improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.
  • When a replaced tooth in a bridge needs to be supported.
  • When the natural bite needs to be restored.
  • When your speaking function needs to be improved.

What is a crown made from?

The pieces used in this type of restorative dentistry are usually made from porcelain-fused-to-metal, or entirely from metal, resin, or ceramic.

  1. If you opt for metal crowns, they can be made from gold alloy, other alloys (palladium for example) or a base-metal alloy (nickel or chromium for example). When compared to other types of crowns, less tooth usually needs to be removed if metal is used, which keeps wear on opposing teeth at a minimum. Chewing and biting are usually withstood by metal, and your restorative pieces will usually last longer in terms of wearing down. You can also expect metal crowns not to chip (they do so very rarely) or break. One of the negative aspects of this type of crown is its metallic color, but they are a good choice if you are getting dental crowns in the back of your mouth.
  2.  If your choice is a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, it can be matched to the color of your adjacent teeth. On the other hand, you can expect this type of restorative piece to cause more wearing down of opposing teeth when compared to metal or ceramic. There is also a chance that this type of dental crown can chip or break, especially the porcelain portion, but only all porcelain pieces will look more like your natural teeth. However, the metal that underlies the crown’s porcelain section can show through as a dark line. Porcelain-fused-to-metal can be a good choice for front or back teeth.
  3. The least expensive type of crown are all-resin pieces, but these wear down much more easily, and they are prone to fracturing, chipping and breaking. Therefore, you need to consider the fact that you will need to have them replaced much sooner than you would the other types.
  4. All-porcelain or all ceramic pieces give you the best match to your natural teeth. In addition, they are usually more suitable if you are allergic to certain types of metal and/or metal alloys. A significant drawback is that all porcelain pieces are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Additionally, they will wear down opposing teeth a bit more than resin or metal. If you want the best aesthetic look, then all ceramic pieces would probably be the best choice.
The type of restorative pieces you choose will be up to you, your dentist, and what your budget will allow. Generally, you can expect to pay around 50% of what you would have to pay at home for similar restoration work, so you need to take all of these factors into account in order to make an informed decision.

How long should I expect to remain in the country for the procedure to be completed?

The procedure is generally completed during two visits to the dentist’s office. It is usually done on an outpatient basis which eliminates the need for a hospital stay.

Since you will have time in between your visits to the dentist, you will be able to take tours and enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of Costa Rica if you so desire.

In order for the dental crown procedure to be completed properly, it will be recommended for you to stay in the country for about three weeks. However, you could choose to fly home and return for the second part of the procedure. If you choose to travel home and come back, you need to take the cost of an additional flight when considering your budget.

Whether you remain in the country the entire time or choose to go home in between, this process needs to be done in two stages, during two separate visits to the dentist’s office.

If you need to get more information regarding this type of restorative dentistry, or if you want to get a no obligation quote on the cost of dental crowns, simply complete the contact form, and one of our consultants will contact you with all of the details you requested or a quote. Alternatively, you can speak to a Costa Rica dental tourism consultant directly by calling 1-866-665-6433, from 9:00 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday, Central Standard Time.

If you would like more general information on dental crowns, you can read the Wikipedia article.