Let’s talk about what is a dental crown and who requires one? A dental crown is a cap that is tooth-shaped and it’s usually placed over your tooth to restore the shape and the size of your tooth. Dental crowns can also help improve the appearance of your damaged tooth.
How Can Dental Crowns Help An Individual?
An individual might require to get a dental crown because of the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth from situations like breakage, it can also help hold together a cracked tooth.
- It can help restore a broken tooth or any teeth that have been worn down.
- It can help support and cover any teeth that have a large filling especially when there isn’t much of a tooth left.
- To cover severely discolored teeth
What Type Of Crowns Are Available?
Any type of permanent crown can be made from metal, porcelain, ceramic or stainless steel. Your dentist will recommend whichever fits your situation the best:
Stainless Steel Crowns.
A stainless steel crown is a prefabricated crown that is used on your permanent teeth for a temporary measure. A stainless steel crown will protect a filling in your teeth while a permanent crown is made from other materials. For kids, a stainless steel crown is very common to use and the crown will cover the entire tooth and protects it from any further decay or damage.
Metal dental crowns can help withstand chewing and biting forces and they probably last the longest when it comes to wear and tear. Metal crowns also rarely break or chip and they are the best choice for out of sight molars.
The porcelain crowns can actually be color-matched to your actual teeth, unlike any other crowns. However, this type of crown doesn’t last as long and needs to be replaced more often than other types of crowns. The porcelain portion of the crown can easily break or chip off. Even though the porcelain crown can be matched to the color of your teeth it still might show through as a dark line, especially at your gum line. The porcelain crown is a great choice for the back and front teeth.
Temporary vs Permanent Crowns
A temporary crown can be made right at your dentist’s office, and most of the permanent crowns are usually made in a dental laboratory. If you require to get a dental crown your dentist will most likely place a temporary crown for a week or two until your permanent one is made and delivered. Then you will come back to replace the temporary one with the permanent one.
The Cost Of A Dental Crown
Generally, a dental crown cost can be anywhere between $1000-$1500. The price will also all depend on what kind of a crown you choose. Sometimes the cost of a dental crown can be cheaper if you carry dental insurance. With dental insurance, the dental crown can cost 50% less than if you would pay without having insurance.