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Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

Tooth decay or traumatic tooth injury can cause permanent damage to both the root and the crown. The most common way to medically and aesthetically address this problem is to restore teeth with dental crowns.  The clinical crown is the visible part of the tooth, which gets completely covered by cemented artificial dental crowns to:

  • Build up a broken tooth
  • Protect a cracked tooth
  • Stop tooth decay and cover the weak tooth
  • Make aesthetic corrections in case of discoloration or unevenness
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a large filling or a root canal treated tooth and protect the fracture-prone outside part of the tooth

Types of Dental Crowns

  • Metal alloys of gold, chromium and nickel dental crowns are extremely durable and for their placement there is no need to shave down so much from the clinical crown. The only concern is aesthetics as the metallic color stands out conspicuously in the denture. Patients suffering from metal allergy are obviously not eligible for this option.
  • Stainless steel dental crowns are cost-effective temporary solutions for patients while they wait for their custom-made permanent crowns and for children whose primary teeth need protection.
  • Resin dental crowns cost is relatively low, but you can count on having to repeat the dental crowns procedure some day as they break and wear down easily.
  • Porcelain and metal fusion is not that noticeable as fully metal teeth, but it loses the strength benefits of the metal crowns.
  • Porcelain and ceramic dental crowns are truly aesthetic solutions, and with the advances of material engineering they are increasingly stronger.

Whichever material you opt for the cost of dental crowns should always be considered along with the related expenses to make the final calculation. You have to consult with your insurer what policies they follow when it comes to dental crowns.

The Procedure

  • To have permanent dental crowns procedure is lengthy with quite a few inconveniences.
  • First the condition of the tooth and surrounding area is examined physically and with X-ray imaging
  • The tooth then has to be filed down or, if huge parts are missing, built up to be able to receive the dental crown.
  • In the standard dental crown procedure the next phase is taking an impression of the teeth around the place of the new dental crown and the best shade is selected to fit the color of your teeth.
  • You will get a temporary crown until the permanent one is made.
  • When they are ready, on your second visit you will receive the permanent dental crowns, which will be fixed with cementing under local anesthetic. 

Dental Crown Cost

Cost of dental crowns varies with location, the material of the crown and the dentist’s fees. The most costly materials are porcelain and gold, which can reach $900-$1000 per crown.