When a tooth has more decay than can be repaired with a dental filling, a crown may be used to restore strength and function while leaving the root of the tooth intact. Dental crowns are also used to repair broken teeth, cover teeth after root canal treatment, replace missing teeth in conjunction with a dental implant, and hold bridges in place.
Here are some of the most frequent questions our patients have about dental crowns.
How much does a dental crown cost in Fairfield County?
You can expect to pay between $800 and $2200 for a custom-made crown in Fairfield County, CT. If you have dental insurance, at least some of the cost of your crown is typically covered. Before your appointment, we will provide you with an estimate of how much your insurance carrier will reimburse and what you will be responsible for paying out-of-pocket.
Why is a dental crown so expensive?
The cost of dental crowns covers the services of our in-house lab technicians, the time required for treatment, and a durable restoration that repairs your tooth structure, restoring function and strength. Costs can also vary depending on the material being used for your custom crown.
How long does a crown last?
Custom dental crowns can last anywhere from 15 years to a lifetime, depending on the material used to make them and the amount of wear and tear they get. To maximize the lifespan of your crown, brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit your dentist for check-ups every six months.
Can I get a crown without a root canal?
Yes, you can get a crown without a root canal. In fact, most crowns do not need root canals at all. Crowns support the external structure of your tooth when you have a crack or need a large filling for a cavity.
Can you get a cavity under a crown?
Yes, it is possible to get a cavity under a crown. When this occurs, the crown will be removed and you’ll need a new one. Cavities under crowns can be prevented with good oral hygiene practices and regular dental cleanings.
How much is a root canal and crown without insurance?
The cost of a root canal and crown depends on the tooth being treated and the material chosen for the crown, but it ranges between $600 to $2300 for the root canal and $800 to $2200 more for the dental crown.
Does a crown hurt more than a filling?
Just like with a dental filling, your tooth and the area surrounding it will be numbed before your procedure, so you will not feel any discomfort while we prepare your tooth for the crown. In the hours and days afterwards, it’s not uncommon to have some soreness and sensitivity in the gums and jaw.
Do you need a crown after a root canal?
Yes, a crown is usually needed after a root canal treatment. After a root canal, the tooth becomes brittle, dry, and prone to breakage. Crowns strengthen your natural tooth to prevent fracture and tooth loss.
If you’d like to discuss whether you’re a candidate for dental crowns, call us at 203-255-6878 to make an appointment for a consultation.