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Five Life-Changing Alternatives to Dental Crown

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Five Life-Changing Alternatives to Dental Crown

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Dental crowns are a robust restorative dental procedure that maintains the integrity and longevity of the natural tooth. It is a dental prosthesis that replicates the shape, size, and colour of the tooth of interest. Moreover, it helps to provide a natural-looking smile.

While dental crowns are an excellent option to repair a damaged tooth, they might not be the only option to choose from. There can be multiple treatments and approaches to fix a damaged tooth. Some of the dental crown alternatives include onlay, provisional treatment, tooth filling, and in the severely damaged tooth, tooth extraction.

The choice of treatment depends on the extent of damage and the location of the tooth. A dentist may evaluate and assess the dental condition of the patient to provide the best options. Today’s article will highlight the best alternatives for a dental crown. Moreover, we will discuss the factors that you must consider before getting dental treatment.

What are dental crowns?

dental crown is a prosthesis that replicates the shape, size, and colour of any tooth in the mouth. Moreover, it acts like a cap that covers the damaged tooth and increases its life span. Dental crowns are typically made from a wide range of materials such as gold, metal, porcelain, and resin. 

Some of the common dental conditions where a crown is a viable option include –

  • Cracked tooth
  • Weak tooth
  • Post-root canal treatment
  • Tooth crown fracture
  • Over an implant
  • As a part of a dental bridge unit
  • Chipped old restorations
  • Restoration of front teeth

What are the alternatives for a dental crown?

There are several alternatives for a dental crown. We will be discussing the five top options that are effective in replacing dental crown as a treatment option –


Onlays, especially porcelain onlays, are a better alternative to a dental crown. Some of the reasons for onlays being a superior choice of treatment include –

  • Preservation of the natural tooth structure, leading to a healthier mouth.
  • While preserving the tooth enamel, the porcelain onlay bond’s well with it forming a seal to avoid fractures.

. In contrast, onlay has some beneficial values; it also comes with the challenge of having a high dental skill level. Moreover, this procedure is slightly time-consuming. However, choosing the right dentist can help you overcome such challenges and enjoy onlay. The treatment cost of onlay generally ranges from $650 to $1,200 per tooth.

Provisional Crowns

Provisional crowns are typically in-office fabricated crown. The temporary crown is usually bonded to the tooth until the final restoration is fabricated, or the patient can afford a more definitive treatment.

One of the downfalls of the provisional crown is that they are only temporary. On average, an interim crown may last up to 3-9 months. There is a high risk of losing the tooth if the provisional crown is used for a longer duration.

The cost of the provisional veneer may come across $200 to $700.


Veneer treatment is a cosmetic dental procedure performed by placing thin shells of porcelain or composite on the front teeth’ surface. Several factors determine the placement of a veneer.

Veneers typically cover only the teeth’ front surface, and they’re usually used for cosmetic purposes. The advantage of placing a veneer instead of a dental crown is that less tooth structure needs to be trimmed. It also depends on the extent of the damage; a veneer may not provide the right kind of support to a severely broken tooth. veneers can cost an average of $925 to $2,500 per tooth

In-office lab Indirect Resin Crowns

in the office lab, indirect resin crowns are an excellent option for a short-term alternative to a dental crown. Typically, an indirect resin crown is made from resin. As the name suggests, the dentist’s indirect resin crown is made in the office and finished on the same day. The cost of this treatment may range between $400-600.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is one of the cheapest and most straightforward alternatives to a dental crown. However, it comes with the risk of losing a natural tooth and replacing it with a more extensive dental treatment. Moreover, when a tooth is extracted, the surrounding teeth shift and impact a person’s ability to chew. However, many people go forward with this option to stay away from the misery of tooth pain. The tooth extraction cost may range between $75 to $300 for non-surgical tooth extraction and $150 to $650 for surgical removal.

What factors should you consider before getting an alternative?

Some of the factors you must consider before getting a restorative dental treatment are –

  • know the reason for getting a dental crown – usually, If a tooth hurts when you bite down, your tooth may be cracked. A cracked tooth is often a severe condition that requires a dental crown. Additionally, dental conditions like vertical cracks till the gum line may need a full-coverage crown. Many people also go for the dental crown to cover tooth discolourations.
  • Ask the dentist for all the alternatives – while a crown may be one good option, there can be others too. For example, you might choose to get a filling instead of a dental crown. Therefore, always be aware of the alternatives and weigh your options accordingly.
  • Take your time to decide – it is okay to take some time to determine the best treatment option.

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