A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
If you are planning to get a dental crown, one of the decisions you will have to make is that of the crown material to use. Some of the common materials include gold alloys, base metal alloys, all porcelain, and porcelain-fused to metal. Here are some of the factors you should use to choose the best material for your case:
The Position of the Teeth
The position of the tooth you want to treat is significant for two main reasons. First, it determines the kind of forces the tooth will be experiencing on a regular basis and, secondly, it determines the visibility of the dental crown. Teeth that experience considerable forces on a regular basis, such as the molars (chewing forces) are better off with strong crowning materials such as all metal alloys. Teeth that are clearly visible to other people, specifically the front teeth, are better off with aesthetically pleasing crown materials, such as porcelain.
You also need to consider your main priorities for getting the crown (other than saving your teeth) so that you can choose the material that aligns with them. What do you care about the most; do you want the most durable crown, the most beautiful one or the cheapest one in the market? Discuss your priorities with the dentist, and they will point you in the right direction.
The Cost of the Material
If you are on a budget, then there are some expensive materials that you should steer clear of. A good example that comes to mind is gold crowns, which are some of the most expensive materials for dental treatments. This is especially true if you are paying for the treatment from your own pocket; note that this will be the case if your insurance company considers the treatment a cosmetic one.
Types of Allergies You Have
Some people are allergic or hypersensitive to some of the materials used in dental crowns, which mean they can't have them in their mouth. Tell your dentist about any allergy or hypersensitivity issues you may have. In some cases, you may only realize you have issues with the material during or after the treatment, which may call for a replacement material.
The Recommendation of the Dentist
Lastly, you have a say on the material that will end up on your teeth as a dental crown, but you should make the choice with your dentist's advice in mind. The dentist will listen to all of your concerns, examine your teeth and then advise you on the best material for your situation.
Contact a company like Dentiland for more information and assistance.