What Are Dental Crowns

A dental crown, also called a “cap,” is a prosthetic cover that is cemented over a tooth that is damaged, decayed, or weak. The crown is intended to protect the tooth and provide long-lasting functionality, while also preserving its size, shape, and appearance. Your dental health care provider has recommended a dental crown for you, it may be for one of the following reasons:

* To protect a damaged or decayed tooth
* To strengthen a tooth that is mostly filling
* To protect a tooth that is weak
* To improve the appearance of a discolored tooth
* To secure a dental bridge
* To hold together a tooth that is cracked
* To cap a dental implant
* To protect a tooth that’s had a root canal

Getting a dental crown is a standard and common procedure that usually takes two appointments and can be done in the dental office.

What are Dental Crowns Made Of

Your crown will be made from one, or a mixture, of various materials. Specifically, crowns are made from following materials: porcelain-veneered zirconia, IPS e.max (lithium disilicate), porcelain (ceramic), porcelain-fused-to-metal, gold alloy, or base metal alloy.

* Porcelain-Veneered Zirconia
* IPS e.max (Lithium Disilicate)
* Ceramic (Porcelain)
* Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM).
* Gold Alloy
* Base-Metal Alloy

Each material has pros and cons. Gold alloy and other metal alloy are more durable but will not look like your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns will look like your natural teeth but are less durable and more likely to chip or crack. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are somewhere in the middle as far as durability is concerned.

How Long Will It Last?

It is impossible to predict exactly how long a dental crown will last, as it depends on several factors such as the condition of the tooth, how well the crown fits your mouth, what material it is made of, and how you care for it. Sometimes a crown can last a lifetime. On average, a crown will last 10 to 30 years. Your dental health care provider can help you estimate how long your crown may last.

How Much Do They Cost?

The cost of a crown also depends on several factors, including where you have the work done, how extensive of a restoration you need, and the type of crown selected. In general, getting a crown will likely cost between $1,000 to $3,500. Often, dental insurance will cover part or all of the cost, however, if cost is an issue for you, many dental offices can help you come up with a financing plan. If you qualify, you may be able to get financing for the crown either through a third-party financing company, or your dental office may be able to set up a monthly payment plan for you.

In Summary

Getting a crown is a great option to preserve a damaged tooth or teeth. It is a common and mostly painless procedure that is intended to help you keep your tooth for years to come. Consulting with your dental health care provider is essential in deciding whether you are a good candidate for a dental crown and if so, what kind will give you the best, most long-lasting results.

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