A dental crown is a tooth restoration procedure that covers the entire tooth to restore its strength and shape. The crown can be made of porcelain, gold or other metal alloys, depending on what the dentist has determined would best suit your needs.
Dental crowns are typically used when there are multiple cavities in one tooth or if you have an old root canal that’s not being treated well with fillings. Crowns may also be used for teeth that have been broken due to trauma or decay caused by periodontal disease.
Do dental crowns have age limitations?
Dental crowns can be used on any tooth, including your natural teeth and dental implants. Dental crowns are not recommended for children because their teeth are still developing, but older adults can also benefit from getting a dental crown.
How many appointments does it take to get a dental crown?
Getting a dental crown requires two visits to the dentist’s office: one to prepare the tooth for the crown and another visit where the crown is placed. The length of time between these two visits will vary depending on how long it takes for your dentist to complete the restoration process.
Your dentist may use a temporary cosmetic cover until you return for your second appointment so that you won’t be bothered by having an open space in your mouth while waiting for the permanent crown to be completed.
What are the different types of dental crowns?
Dental crowns can be made from porcelain or lab-created composite resins. Porcelain dental crowns mimic the natural color and shine of your teeth, whereas composite resin can be any color you want as long as it’s a shade that matches your existing teeth.
Composite resin is also more opaque than porcelain, so it may not look exactly like your natural tooth. What material is used for my dental crown will depend on how much tooth structure you have remaining and the condition of your surrounding teeth and gums.
How long do dental crowns last?
The life expectancy of a dental crown depends on several factors — including the type of material used in the restoration, how well you take care of your teeth and if you’re missing any other teeth that would support the crown. Although they may last many years, it’s possible for a dental crown to fracture or chip. When this happens, your dentist may recommend replacing the crown with a new one.
Risks associated with dental crowns
Risks include damage to surrounding teeth and gums, allergic reactions to porcelain dust during fabrication, temporary sensitivity after placement, and fracture or chipping of the crown if it’s not properly supported by surrounding teeth and gums.
It’s also possible for bacteria to get underneath a poorly fitting crown and cause an infection — so it’s important that your dentist checks the fit and occlusion (alignment) of your crown after it’s been placed.
Cost of dental crowns
The cost of a dental crown can range from $500 to more than $1,000. The type of material used will influence the price as well as other factors such as how many teeth are being crowned or if replacing an old crown is necessary.
Patients who have dental insurance may be able to negotiate a lower fee for their procedure through their provider. Keep in mind that even though you have dental insurance, you should still expect to pay at least 20% of the total cost out-of-pocket since you’re responsible for paying your deductible first before coverage begins.
If you’re interested in getting a dental exam at our office and would like to learn more about dental crowns, get in touch with the Dental Crown Clinic in Melbourne today.