Dental Crowns 101

Dental Crowns 101

by Shearly (SU)

Of all the restorative dental procedures dentists perform, a dental crown is one of the most common and practical, serving a variety of purposes. Crowns, also known as caps -- are prosthetic devices that are permanently attached or bonded to a tooth or dental implant and used to restore the shape and size of a tooth, as well as improve the tooth’s strength and appearance, thus helping to restore your smile, dental health, and confidence. Dental crowns 101:  here is a primer to help you better understands what crowns are and how they can help keep your smile fit for a king.

Why a Crown?

Crown helps protect a weak tooth from decaying, breaking, cracking, and chipping. Likewise, crowns can restore a tooth that has severely worn down. In addition, a crown can support a dental bridge or provide cosmetic improvement by covering a discolored or misshapen tooth. Crowns cab be bonded to the remaining part of a damaged tooth, or placed on top of an implant. The reason one may receive a crown range from aesthetic – to cover up a decaying, damaged, or discolored tooth; or to fill in a gap where a tooth is missing, thereby maintaining the integrity of your jawline and reducing the risk of losing any more teeth.

What kind of crowns are there?

There are several types of crowns created from a variety of materials, including metal, stainless steel, resin, ceramic, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Metal crowns, which can be made from nickel-chromium, cobalt-chromium, gold or platinum – are durable enough to withstand the pressure of constant biting and chewing. As such, they are long-lasting and highly resistant to chipping or breakage. The only problem with a metal crown is an aesthetic one – they often clash with the rest of your teeth, which is why metal crowns are usually used for molars that go unseen.

As for stainless steel crowns, they are typically temporary and only used as a stop-gap to protect a tooth in adults or for primary teeth that will eventually fall out in children. Placement of a stainless-steel crown only requires a single procedure and is cost-effective. So are resin crowns, but they are prone to wear and can fracture from pressure.

Ceramic and porcelain crowns are a more aesthetically appealing choice in dental crowns as their colors can closely match the color of your normal teeth. However, unlike metal crowns, they are prone to breaking and chipping. Nevertheless, they are an ideal choice if you happen to be allergic to metal.

How much do crowns cost?

The average cost of a crown usually is between $800 and $1700, depending on the material used. However, your dental insurance may cover some of the costs. Of course, if you have major tooth damage or decay, you may require additional dental procedures, such as a root canal, a bridge, dental x-rays, and/or a deep professional cleaning, before the placement of the crown. If you require an implant, the cost of the procedure may double; also expect the implant process to take up to a year, depending on how long it takes for the implant post to become secure in the jaw.

Crowns are built to last, provided you take care of them by visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and avoiding hard and sticky foods.  If you have major tooth decay or tooth damage or need added support for a tooth, you may be a good candidate for a dental crown. The experts at 360 Dental in Eugene, Oregon can determine the dental procedures needed to repair and restore your smile and look forward to doing so. Call us today at 541-689-1645 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ari Binder.