If a tooth has more extensive decay, a dental crown may be the ideal aesthetic and functional restorative solution.
Choosing to have a crown placed can preserve the natural tooth, which is always the goal as preserving the natural teeth helps maintain the supporting bone structure and stability of the surrounding and adjacent teeth.
The first step in the process is to take an impression that will be used to make a model of the teeth and bite. This allows the crown to be made to look and function like your natural tooth. The tooth will then be prepped, with the decayed areas being removed. An impression of the prepped tooth will be made so that the final crown will fit properly when it is placed.
Sometimes the final crown can be placed on the same day but other times a temporary crown will be placed while your final restoration is being created. Crowns often last a lifetime with proper care and oral hygiene.
There are four common types of crowns:
This type of crown is often used for teeth that are visible when smiling as they are made from a porcelain-based material that retains the look of your natural teeth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
These crowns are known for their strength and durability while also allowing for a natural-looking restoration.
These may be used when more strength is needed, particularly for patients who grind their teeth at night.
Base Metal Alloys
These are strong and corrosion-resistant and are often used when there is less existing tooth structure available to support the crown restoration.
Dental Crown FAQs
How much does it cost to get a tooth crown?
Generally, crowns can range in cost from $800 to $2,200 per custom made crown. A portion of the cost of crowns is generally covered by insurance. Prior to creating your custom made crown, we submit the fees to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Why is a dental crown so expensive?
Crowns are custom made by our in house lab technicians, either the same day or the patient leaves with a temporary to return for a second visit. There are many different materials that can be used for your custom crown. Unlike tooth-colored fillings, the crown material is used to support the structure of your tooth so it does not crack and cause tooth loss.
How long does a crown last?
On average, dental crowns last between 15 years to a lifetime, depending on how it is custom created. The lifespan of a crown also depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown takes, the accuracy of 3-D imaging, good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist.
Can I get a crown without a root canal?
Most crowns do not need root canals. Crowns are used to support the structure of your tooth when you have a crack or a large filling.
How long after a tooth extraction can a bridge be fitted?
An all-ceramic tooth bridge can be fitted immediately after a tooth has been removed or because in some cases it's better to wait 8-12 weeks for the gum area surrounding the position of the removed tooth to heal completely.
Can you get a cavity under a crown?
Yes, that is why good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and checkups are important. If tooth decay happens under the crown then the dentist will have to replace the crown that is on the top of the tooth.
How much is a root canal and crown without insurance?
Depending on the tooth that is being treated for a root canal the fee range is between $600 to $2300. The crown fee will vary depending on the tooth’s location, type of crown material used and the cost will range between $800 to $2200.
Does a crown hurt more than a filling?
Is there discomfort associated with getting a dental crown? The tooth being restored is numbed so that it isn't uncomfortable during the crown preparation. After the procedure is over and the anesthesia has worn off, the patient may feel some sensitivity around the gum area and jaw muscle due to the length of time their mouth is open.
What happens if I don't replace an extracted tooth?
A type of malocclusion can occur when you don't replace missing teeth. The teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth will shift toward each other and try to fill the space. Besides the possibility of having a mouth of overgrown or crooked teeth, you are also at risk of bone resorption or bone loss.
Do you need a crown after a root canal?
You typically need a dental crown after a root canal because the tooth becomes brittle and dry. The crown helps strengthen the tooth to prevent fractures and tooth loss.