The Dental crown!
A Dental crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling.Dental Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A Dental crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant.
Dental crowns are a secure way to fill gaps and help restore your smile if you have missing or damaged teeth. A Dental crown can also help you bite and chew better, which can positively impact other systems in your body, such as your digestive system.
Types of the dental crown!
There are several types of Dental crowns that can be used, including ceramic, porcelain, resin, and stainless steel (cosmetic Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain or ceramic). Since, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are pros and cons for each type, you should have your dentist address your specific situation and make a recommendation on which is best for your tooth.
Why do I need a Dental crown?
You may need a Dental crown if you:
- have a cavity that is too large for a filling
- have a missing tooth and need a bridge
- need to cover a dental implant
- have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
- have had root canal treatment—the crown will protect the restored tooth
- want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile!
- In addition to restoring the tooth, many dental crowns provide a cosmetic appearance. Obviously, stainless steel and metal crowns have a noticeable look within the mouth, but tooth-colored crowns can provide instant aesthetic improvements. In fact, some dentists use crowns as a cosmetic dentistry treatment.
How do Dental Crowns Work?
A Dental crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a Dental crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A Dental crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic Dental crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Your dentist may recommend a Dental crown to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
How Long do Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges Last?
While Dental crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
- To prevent damage to your new Dental crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.
What is the Dental crown made from?
Dental Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials may be used. In the process of making a Dental crown, the material often is colored to blend in with your natural teeth.
Caring for your Teeth?
To prevent damage to a Dental crown, there are a few things you can do:
- Brush twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria. Look for oral care products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Products that display the Seal have met the American Dental Association’s standards for safety and effectiveness.
- Avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects, such as pencils. This is especially important for tooth-colored crowns.
- Be sure to see your dentist for regular exams and professional teeth cleanings.
Dental crown cost
In addition to the Dental crown itself, there are other expenses associated with treatment. On average, patients can expect to pay the following amounts for each specific service:
- Dental exam: $50-$150
- Dental X-rays: $30-$200
- Dental crown materials and treatment: $600-$3,000 per tooth
- Root canal: $750-$1,000 per tooth.
- Dental implant: $1,500-$2,000 per tooth.
The cost of treatment can be significantly reduced with dental insurance.
And less in some Asian countries.
How long should my dental crown last?
With adequate dental hygiene and regular dentist visits, your dental crown should last between 10 and 15 years. This may vary depending on the materials used in your crown, the type of dental damage the crown repairs, and your dentist’s particular expertise