A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented in place over an existing tooth or dental implant. They can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain-fused-to-metal, stainless steel, all resin, or all ceramic.
The most common crown is porcelain-fused-to-metal. They are color matched to the surrounding teeth and look like natural teeth. They are a good choice for front and back teeth.
There are several reasons your dentist may recommend a crown:
- For Protection: To keep a weak or decayed tooth from breaking, to hold together parts of a cracked or broken tooth, or to cover and support a large filling
- For Restoration: To cover a dental implant or to hold a traditional bridge in place
- For Cosmetics: To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
Depending on how well you care for your restoration, it should last about 15 years. Factors that affect the lifespan of a crown include habits like: teeth clenching or grinding, nail biting, and chewing ice. To help prolong the life of your restoration, continue to brush, floss, and rinse as recommended by your dentist and oral hygienist.
What to expect when you need a crown:
Crowns take 2 dental visits. During the first visit, the dentist will examine and prepare the tooth. You will have impressions made and X-rays may be required to check the root structure. You will leave the office with a temporary crown to protect the tooth while the actual crown is made. During the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be permanently placed.
How much do crowns cost?
Crowns have a reputation for being expensive. Generally, a portion of the crown will be covered by your insurance. If you don’t have insurance or have limited coverage, New You Dental Center has in-house financing and easy terms for payment. Please call our office to discuss your options. We want to help you maintain a healthy smile. Avoiding treatment could lead to more expensive oral issues.