What is a dental crown?
Teeth can be damaged for many reasons, such as tooth decay, injuries or time. Teeth can lose their shape or size. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped cover or “cap” that is out over a tooth to restore a damaged tooth’s shape, size, strength, and improve your tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance.
Your dentist may prescribe a crown for the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking
- To hold it together on a cracked tooth
- To restore a tooth when there not enough of the natural tooth remaining
- To support a tooth with a large filling
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover deformed or severely discolored tooth
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
- To attach a bridge to replace missing teeth
For children, a crown may be used on primary (baby) teeth in order to:
- To save a tooth that’s been significantly damaged by decay
- To protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene
- To decrease the frequency of general anesthesia because of age, behavior, or medical history to fully cooperate with the requirements of proper dental care
What is a dental crown made of?
- Stainless steel
- All resin
- All-ceramic or all-porcelain
- Pressed ceramic
What is the procedure for dental crowns?
You will usually have two visits to the dentist to prepare you for a dental crown.
The first dental crown visit
During your first visit, the tooth that’s going to receive the crown is examined and prepared. X-rays are taken of the tooth and the bone around it. You may have to do a root canal treatment before your dental crown procedure.
The tooth that’s receiving the crown will be filed down across the top and sides. This makes space for the crown. The amount of tooth that gets filed away depends on the type of material being used for the crown. All metal dental crowns are thinner and don’t need as much of the tooth removed as all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. If too much of your tooth is missing due to damage or decay a filling material can be used to build up the tooth structure for the crown to cover.
After reshaping the tooth, a paste or putty is used to make a impression of the tooth that’s going to receive the crown. Impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth that’s getting the dental crown will also be made. This is done to make sure that the crown will not affect your bite.
The impressions are sent to our dental lab. The dental laboratory makes the crowns and usually returns them to the dentist’s office in two to three weeks. During this first office visit, your dentist will make a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth while you’re waiting on the permanent crown.
The second dental crown visit
The permanent crown is placed on your tooth during your second visit. The temporary crown will be removed and the fit and color of the permanent crown is verified. A local anesthetic is sometimes used to numb the area around the tooth and then the new crown is permanently cemented in place.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last from 5 to 15 years. The life of a crown depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices and personal mouth related habits. These mouth related habits can include things like:
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Chewing ice
- Biting fingernails
- Using your teeth to open packages
Do dental crowns require special care?
There’s no special care needed for a crowned tooth. The only thing that you should continue is following good oral hygiene practices. These practices consist of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, especially around the crown where the gum meets the tooth. You will need to avoid biting on hard surfaces with a porcelain crown to prevent cracking the porcelain.
How much do dental crowns cost?
The costs of dental crowns can vary depending on where you live and/or the type of crown you pick. Porcelain crowns are typically more expensive than gold crowns, which are typically more expensive than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Dental crowns range in cost from $800 or more per crown. Most of the time the cost of crowns is not usually fully covered by insurance. To be certain, check with your specific dental insurance company.
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