Affordable dental crowns in Phuket Town will improve the appearance of your damaged teeth, as well as easing discomfort and restoring strength. With prices 75% less than at home why not fix that tooth you’ve been meaning to do for years?
Dental crowns are ‘caps’ that fit over the whole tooth both strengthening and hiding ugly teeth. They are available in many different materials including gold, metal, composite, porcelain and zirconia and can be used on any tooth.
The cost of a dental crown is dictated by the material used. The most common materials for crowns are porcelain ceramic and porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Your dentist will advise you of the pros and cons of each particular option so you can decide what is the right choice for you.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns are often used on front teeth because they have a natural, translucent appearance. However, they are strong enough to be used anywhere in the mouth. The material is also metal-free and bio-compatible, minimizing the risk of allergic reactions. While they are strong, they may wear down surrounding teeth over time, and although they are strong, they aren’t as strong as metal and are prone to fracture.
PFM crowns are made from metal and ceramic. They are lighter than porcelain - and stronger because they are made from metal. These offer strength, but also are esthetically pleasing as the part of the crown that is on show is made from porcelain. This material isn’t as strong as the metal and may fracture. Another problem with PFM crowns is that sometimes the metal can be seen through the porcelain, which isn’t ideal.
Dental crowns may be used to strengthen teeth that may have been weakened or damaged, either by decay, fracture or root canal treatment. Some extra large fillings may also benefit from a crown as fillings are quite flexible and may fracture the tooth.
Used in cosmetic dentistry they improve the appearance of a tooth and help to maintain a natural-looking healthy smile by covering irregularities such as discoloration or shape.
They are also used to help restore the function of a tooth, for instance a bite, if the tooth is damaged, and can also be used to replace missing teeth in bridges and dental implants.
Crowns are long-lasting and useful in a variety of situations. However, they don’t come cheap.
One of the main reasons is the cost. At around 75% cheaper in Phuket Town than at home it certainly makes the procedure a lot more accessible.
If you are considering dental crowns in Phuket Town and wondering whether the materials are inferior in any way there is no need to worry. The exact same materials are available here and your dental crown will not be any different in quality to what you would get from your dentist at home.
As world leaders in dental tourism, you would expect that the care received here is excellent – and it is. Phuket Town has been a popular tourist destination for many years, but it is also true many dental tourists are now lured here because of the high standards of care and the lower prices.
Healthy competition among clinics for patients ensures that standards remain high – everyone wants patients to come to their clinic, and so they have to maintain excellent quality and competitive prices.
The procedure for dental crowns usually takes two or three days; you'll need an initial appointment on day-one and another follow-up three to four days later, with any lab work carried out in between. Clinics with on-site laboratories will be able to complete dental crowns in just a couple of days, sometimes even the same day.
To prepare your tooth for a crown, the dentist will first thoroughly clean and shape the tooth with a drill. Impressions are made and sent to the lab. Before you leave (and get to enjoy island life for the next few days), the dentist will fit a temporary dental crown for protection.
On your second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the surface of the tooth is filed down in preparation to receive the permanent crown. Once you and your dentist are happy with the crown's fit, shape and color, it will be firmly cemented in place.
In Australia, dental crowns start from around AUD $1,200 but start around AUD $264 in Phuket Town. Zirconia crowns are around AUD $1,500 in Australia, compared to AUD $444 in Phuket Town.
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