Dental crowns are used to cap damaged, discolored, or misaligned teeth. They are effectively “new” teeth that can help you retain or regain your smile. They are strong, sturdy, and last for many years – which make them a cost-effective solution for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Depending on the type used, crowns can be placed in one or two visits to our dental office.
When is a Crown Necessary?
A crown is typically recommended for any cavity or fracture that would require a large filling to repair. This is because large fillings can weaken and lead to fractures over time. For example, crowns are required after a root canal because the interior structure of the tooth is not strong enough to support chewing with a large filling.
Another instance where a crown may be necessary involves cracked tooth syndrome. This occurs when fractures within the tooth cause pain while eating. A dental crown can alleviate the stress within the tooth and relieve the pain.
Other times crowns may be necessary are when cusps have broken off or the teeth show signs of excessive wear or erosion. In these situations, crowns can ease pain and protect the tooth structure from further damage. Finally, crowns may be necessary to restore the appearance of your smile.
You may be able to see and/or feel many of these issues. If you notice pain when you eat, have extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods, or notice visible fractures and damage, it’s advisable to ask your All Smiles dentist to take a look and give you their professional opinion.
Crowns Build a Stronger Smile
It is common for teeth to break down as we age, and a dental crown can extend the life of your natural smile for years to come. Moreover, if the tooth has a significant cavity, then the tooth can break, chip or crack if it has a large filling instead of a crown.
Dental crowns also offer considerable aesthetic benefits and can help you achieve a perfectly aligned smile without any chips, cracks, or discolored fillings. When properly cared for, a dental crown usually lasts between five-15 years. However, it is not unheard of for crowns to last 25 years or longer.
What Types of Crowns Are There?
Dental crowns have come a long way since the “old days” when silver and gold were the only options. Modern day crowns are available in a wide variety of styles and materials.
- Ceramic Crowns – Ceramic crowns are ideal for restoring front teeth because they can be matched to the existing teeth to create an aesthetically pleasing smile.
- Cerec Ceramic Crowns – Cerec crowns are milled in the office while you wait. This allows you to have a crown placed in one visit.
- Porcelain Crowns – Porcelain crowns can be entirely porcelain or porcelain that is fused to metal. These crowns are durable and popular because they closely mimic the natural translucence of teeth, which creates a seamless smile.
- Gold/Silver Alloys – Gold crowns and silver alloy crowns create a strong bond between the crown and the tooth, which makes them ideal for molars. They don’t fracture and don’t wear the tooth away, meaning they often last longer than other types of crowns.
How Much Does a Crown Cost?
The cost of the crown depends primarily on the location within the mouth and the material that is chosen for it. There is a wide range when it comes to the cost of a crown, however, cost should not be the first concern when choosing the right crown for you.
A crown is an investment towards healthy teeth and a beautiful smile and it is likely that your insurance company covers some or all of the costs of a crown. All Smiles offers flexible, affordable, no-interest financing that can help you spread the cost of the crown over time with low monthly payments.
What is the Crowning Procedure?
Getting a crown is a fairly detailed and complex process that usually involves two visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, decay and debris will be removed from the damaged tooth. Once the tooth is cleaned out, the dentist will shape the tooth, take an impression, and place a temporary crown. This usually takes less than an hour.
The second appointment takes place one or two weeks later when the finished crown is ready to be put in place. During this visit, the temporary crown will be removed, the void within the tooth will be cleaned, and the finished crown will be cemented to the tooth.
Placing Crowns after a Root Canal
Following a root canal, your dentist will take steps to strengthen the tooth and seal it from further damage including decay and fractures. The space within the tooth is filled to create a firm surface for the cement to adhere to prior to the placement of the crown. If there is very little of the tooth remaining following the root canal, it may be necessary to cement a post in place for the crown to attach to and keep it in place.