The Art Of Aesthetics has a reputation for being one of the best dental laboratories in the San Francisco CA Bay Area and Las Vegas NV. Dental laboratories share similar technologies, manufacturing processes, and materials as a jewelry maker and utilize similar concepts. For example, a custom-designed, handmade, one-of-a-kind ring that was created just for you by a jewelry designer would cost more than a mass-produced ring constructed by a machine. This is similar to dental prostheses.
Crowns and bridges designed and handmade by a skilled and properly trained ceramist cost a lot more than machine-made crowns. You may want to buy a more affordable ring or piece of jewelry, but you do not want to compromise with the dental prosthesis. In many cases, regardless of the cost, poorly made dental prosthesis will cost you a lot more in the long run, having to be replaced more often than necessary.
Learn as much as possible about your dentists. What are their crowns made out of—high noble or semi-precious metals? Are the crowns biocompatible and shock absorbent? Do they wear at rates similar to your natural teeth? If you are a heavy grinder, then full zirconia will work very well. If you are not, then zirconia core with porcelain layered is much more shock absorbent. The bottom line is that you are the one who needs to be most responsible for your teeth, and it is your duty to be fully educated before you visit a dentist.
Alternatively, you can print our lab-slip (laboratory prescription form) from our website and take it with you on your next visit to your dentist. Ask your dentist to send your crowns to The Art Of Aesthetics in the San Francisco CA Bay Area. If your dentist has digital technology, let him or her know that we are a digital dental laboratory accepting all digitally scanned impressions: Trios, iTero, Cerec, True Definition, to name a few.