A dental crown is a restorative dental treatment for repairing damaged or stained teeth, as well as teeth recently treated by a root canal.
Also known as a tooth cap, a dental crown is made of synthetic material and is fitted over the tooth to create a natural appearance. Doctors recommend crowns to repair teeth, but they’re also used for a variety of dental applications, like:
- Holding dental bridges in place
- Capping dental implants
- Supporting teeth with large fillings
A dental crown is also a long-lasting solution. You can expect a crown to last up to 15 years with proper care!
Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are typically made from one of four materials: metal, ceramic, porcelain, or resin. The type of dental crown you choose will depend on your preference and specific dental condition. Consult with your doctor to help determine which material best suits your needs.
All-Resin Dental Crowns
As the name implies, all-resin dental crowns are made entirely from resin. All-resin crowns look great and are more affordable than the other crowns on this list. But beware– resin crowns tend to wear down quicker than the other types over time.
Metal Dental Crowns
Metal crowns are made from one of four common metals: gold, palladium, nickel, and chromium. These are the most resilient dental crowns. They rarely chip or break and don’t wear down over time. The only drawback to metal dental crowns is their appearance. Due to their unnatural look, we find them better suited to less visible teeth, like molars.
All-Ceramic & All-Porcelain Dental Crowns
Best suited for front teeth, all-porcelain and all-ceramic dental crowns provide the most natural look and feel. While not as strong as metal crowns, ceramic or porcelain is an excellent alternative for patients with metal allergies who still value strength and longevity in their dental crowns.
Pressed Ceramic Dental Crowns
Pressed ceramic dental crowns are a best-of-both-worlds option. This crown features a hard core of pressed ceramic, providing ample strength and resilience, but it’s capped with porcelain to appear more like a natural tooth. As a result, pressed ceramic dental crowns are both long-lasting and natural-looking.
The Dental Crown Process
A dentist typically performs a standard dental crown procedure in two office visits: once for the fitting and again for the application.
Here’s how we go about it at Benitez Dental Clinic:
Examining and Preparing the Tooth
Before performing any dental work, your dentist must examine the condition of your teeth. This process includes checking the health of your teeth and cleaning them to prepare them for the tooth caps.
If a tooth is broken or damaged by a cavity, the doctor will remove the damaged areas so the crown can effectively protect the tooth from further decay.
Shaping the Crown
Once your doctor has prepared the teeth, they will use dental putty to make an impression of your teeth. We send this impression to a lab, where a team of specialists will use it to construct your porcelain crowns. We’ll then provide you with a temporary dental cap until your next appointment.
Placing the Crown
At your second appointment, we will remove your temporary crown and replace it with a permanent crown. The dentist secures the crown to the tooth with a durable dental cement or a hidden screw. To complete the process, the dentist polishes the crown and makes any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort and security.
Cost of Dental Crowns in Mississauga
The out-of-pocket cost for a dental crown can vary widely from patient to patient. With a typical insurance plan, a single crown averages about $200 to $600+. Without insurance, a reasonable figure for a crown is about $800 to $1200 and up.
So what goes into determining the cost of a dental crown?
- The type of crown and the material that is used
- The location and complexity of the procedure
- The number of crowns that may be required
- Combining the crown with other dental appliances like bridges
- Supplies and equipment required for your specific treatment
Remember, no dental practice can provide an accurate quote over the phone. Ultimately, your needs are as unique as your smile. You must speak with a dentist and undergo an oral exam to determine your treatment options and receive an accurate quote. If you have dental insurance, we would be happy to supply you with a quote so you can find out your out-of-pocket costs before you make a decision.
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