Dental crowns, or dental caps, are used in restorative dentistry to completely encapsulate and protect a tooth or dental implant. Dental crowns are typically used when a cavity is too large and threatens the integrity of the whole tooth. They adhere to the tooth using a dental cement to keep them in place for the long-term. They are also used in cosmetic dentistry to enhance the appearance of the tooth.
What are Dental Crowns Made of?
Dental crowns can be made from a variety of different materials. They can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all-resin, all-ceramic or all-porcelain, and pressed ceramic. The type of material will affect the cost, appearance, and longevity of the crown itself.
Why Would Someone Need a Dental Crown?
There are several reasons that someone might require a dental crown. Some of the most common are to:
- Protect a weak and decaying tooth or to keep a tooth together if the parts of it are cracked
- Restore a broken tooth or one that is severely worn
- Support and cover a tooth that has a large filling where not much of the tooth is left
- Secure a dental bridge
- Cover a discolored or unsightly tooth
- Protect a tooth that has been treated with a root canal
- Cover a dental implant
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
The average dental crown will last from five to upwards of 15 years. The longevity of the crown depends on factors like wear and tear and how well patients follow good oral care habits. Oral habits that can reduce the longevity of your crown are:
- Ice chewing
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Using your teeth to open packages
- Biting your fingernails
How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost?
The cost of a dental crown is largely determined by the type and material of the crown. Porcelain crowns are usually more expensive than gold ones, which are more costly than porcelain fused to metal. Usually, dental crowns can range anywhere from $760 to $1,500 or more. Unfortunately, crowns are typically not entirely covered by insurance. Before having a dental crown placed, it is a good idea to check with your individual insurance carrier to see what your out of pocket cost will be.
Dental crowns are a useful tool when your original tooth is very badly damaged or cosmetically damaged. Because there are many materials to use, and whole or 3/4 options, it is good to discuss the specifics with your dentist. At Solomon Dentistry, we provide same-day dental crowns and take over 300 forms of insurance. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. And if it is an emergency, come directly to the office for an evaluation.