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How Long Should a Crown Last?

Crowns for upper front teeth on a 3D printed model

We get this question all the time.  We understand that for most people a crown is not an insignificant expense, so it’s only natural to want to know how long this investment will continue to function.  About a week ago, a member of my extended family who lives out of state contacted me with this question because his dentist was cementing a new crown in his mouth and told him that he should expect to need the crown replaced in about 8 years.  I’m always concerned when I hear comments such as this because I feel like planning the timeline for the failure of a crown or filling the moment ...

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What is a Dental Crown Made Of?

Dental Crowns Indianapolis

Currently there are three main types of crowns made with different materials currently used in dentistry today.  Here we’ll explain what those three are and the main differences between them.

The cast gold crown is what many would consider to be the 'oldest' dental crown in use today.  These crowns are made out of a noble or high-noble gold alloy (largely gold, platinum, and palladium, with a few other trace elements added to increase the hardness of the crown to make it more durable).  Gold crowns have been used in situations where there is very little tooth structure (because the tooth doesn’t need to be reduced as much to allow for ...

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