What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown or cap is a 360-degree replacement of a tooth’s enamel. It covers the entire visible surface of tooth.
A dental crown is used to repair a damaged tooth or to protect it after treatments such as root canal therapy. In a restorative smile makeover, multiple dental crowns can be used to improve the appearance of teeth.
Different types of dental crowns
There are several types of crowns, some comprise purely of porcelain, metal or gold and others with a combination of porcelain and metal.
The severity of the case, the location of the tooth and the oral health of the patient will determine the type of crown to be placed. You should speak with your dentist to find out the best type of dental crown for your situation.
Below are the most common types of dental crowns:
Porcelain or ceramic is the most aesthetically pleasing dental crown as it blends in with the surrounding teeth seamlessly. Porcelain crowns can match the colour, texture and translucency of your existing teeth. However, porcelain crowns (just like your natural teeth) are susceptible to wear and tear over time.
Porcelain and Metal is used in cases where more strength is needed to support a tooth. In some instances, the metal component of the crown might be visible through or under the porcelain. For this reason, they are deemed less appealing. For molars at the back of the mouth, a metal-based porcelain crown can be a good option.
Metal dental crowns are normally used for molars at the back of the mouth. They are the most strong and durable dental crown.
Your individual situation or severity of damage will determine which crown is most suitable for your case. Dental crowns are a great solution to restore a tooth’s structure and a patient’s chewing ability.
Who are dental crowns suitable for?
Dental crowns are an ideal choice for patients with severe tooth damage. A crown helps keeping the tooth protected and sealed away from further tooth decay. They can also help extend the life of an affected tooth.
Dental crowns are suitable for:
- Teeth that have experienced damage or injury
- Teeth that are loose, chipped or cracked
- To renew ageing and discoloured teeth
- Straightening the appearance of a tooth or teeth
- Protecting against damage caused by teeth grinding
- Adjusting an uneven or improper bite
- Protecting a tooth following root canal therapy
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a dental crown will vary depending on the patient’s individual circumstances. This might be due to the material chosen, the complexity of the case or the number of crowns placed. In general, you can expect to pay anywhere between $950 to $3,500 for a dental crown.
For an accurate quote, book a consultation appointment at one of our practices and they will provide you with a treatment plan.
If you have health insurance with available major dental extras, a part of this cost may be covered. To find out how much, simply send off your treatment item numbers (obtained from your treatment plan) to your health fund. They will then send you an accurate quote.
How long does treatment take?
A dental crown usually takes two treatment appointments. The first appointment is where the tooth is prepared (filed) and impressions are taken. The impressions of your teeth are then sent off to our partner laboratory where your permanent restoration will be fabricated.
In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed over the prepared tooth until your second appointment.
At your second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed, and your dental crown will be cemented permanently onto the tooth.
Some of our dental surgeries offer same-day crowns. This means, the dental crown can be manufactured on the same day as your appointment. Later in the day, you can return for your follow-up appointment to get your new crown placed.
Dental Crown Longevity & Maintenance
The type of material your dental crown is made from will influence its longevity. As well, improper oral hygiene and habits can affect the life of your dental crown.
If looked after properly, a dental crown can last 10 years or more.
Dental crowns require the same dental care as your natural teeth would. This means, it is essential to brush twice daily (for 2 minutes), floss once daily and to visit the dentist every 6 months.
Porcelain crowns, like your natural teeth, can chip or crack if significant force is applied to them. For this reason, it is best to avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.
Dental Crowns at Coastal Dental Care
To find out if dental crown treatment is suitable for you, please contact us or book an appointment online today!
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