Overview of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns in Mexico have been developed as a method to save teeth damaged and to protect and restore the full functions of the bite, at a fraction of the cost found in the USA or Canada.
Dental crowns are custom fitted over a tooth that has suffered from decay, breakage or has been chipped.
The Materials Used in Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain or acrylic. They can be fused to metal and slipped and glued over broken or damaged teeth. Crowns may also be custom made to fill in the spaces between teeth.
1.) Gold Crowns
Gold crowns used to be quite popular, though their use has diminished in recent years. Nevertheless, for individuals with extremely strong byte patterns, or for large teeth at the back of the mouth such as the molars, gold is an exceptionally durable and strong substance that offers superlative protection to a tooth that is not highly visible.
2.) All porcelain dental crowns
Natural looking and lighter.
3.) All ceramic dental crowns
These dental crowns are the most popular today.
4.) Zirconia dental crowns
This type of crown, because it does not need a metal center, is lighter, more realistic looking, and has a better appearance.
5.) Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
This type of crown is strong, design with porcelain over a metal core structure. However, consumers should know that the edges of the metal core may show at the gum line. When considering this type of crown, discussed porcelain fused to metal crown options with your dentist.
Crown Insertion Procedure:
After carefully examining the teeth thru taking x-rays and CAD/CAM technology, the dentist will be able to prepare the cracked or damaged tooth and create an impression of your teeth. The impression or mold is then sent to a dental laboratory where a dental design technician will create the crown. Until the permanent dental crown is created, a temporary crown can be fitted over the tooth to provide additional protection against further damage.
The completed crown is typically bonded to the damaged tooth using adhesives or dental cement.
The best candidates for dental crowns include patients who:
- Need dental implants
- Have old crowns that need new crown replacements
- Have major tooth decay (that still have efficient tooth structure for the crown)
- Have chipped or cracked teeth (that still have efficient tooth structure for the crown)
Benefits of dental crowns:
- Protects the tooth from further decay or damage
- Restore your teeth’s strength
- Allows you to chew and bite normally again
- Allows you to enjoy all the foods you love
- Restores your old smile
- Restores lost self-esteem
Cost of Dental Crowns in Mexico
The cost for a single crown is based on the materials used, the geographical location of the dental clinic/office and the location of the tooth to be replaced by a crown. You can also include the experience of the dentist as part of the cost.
The prices for dental crowns in the US can range from $650 to $1,450 per crown depending on the materials used, and on the location of the tooth. The cheapest cost of a dental crown in the US is $650 for a metal crown.
In Mexican cities such as Los Algodones, the cost of a single dental crown ranges from $160 – $450 depending on the type of materials used. The cheapest you could find are the metal crowns that can be purchased as low as $160 per crown. Also, in Los Algodones, you can purchase a crown with an abutment for only $300.
There is also a Best Dental Crown package you can avail wherein you can choose from a porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM) that costs $160 per crown or an E-max that starts at $300 per crown. The package also includes your transportation from airport to clinic and back, hotel accommodation at Hacienda Los Algodones (rates as low as $30 per night exclusively for dental patients) and FREE shuttle service between the clinic and hotel. Another city you can visit to have your crowns placed and fixed is Tijuana, where a porcelain crown can cost from $200 – $338.