Although your teeth are the strongest bones in your body, then can become weak over time.. This may happen for a number of factors, such as tooth decay, accidents or just regular wear and tear over time. Your teeth might lose their size or shape. Tooth-shaped 'caps' that can be mounted over your tooth are dental crowns. The crown restores the shape, scale, strength and appearance of the tooth. .

Why do you need a dental crown?

Dental crowns, also known as tooth crowns or caps are among the most common restorative processes performed by dentists. Since they've been around for a long time most people know what a crown does and how it protects a damaged tooth. If it is dental crowns or a filling or even a dental implant, we always suggest what's best for your teeth issue. Therefore it is important that you understand why a dental crown can be needed and what function the crown itself serves.

The dental crown performs a variety of functions that are very important, tailored to specifications in a laboratory. Two of these functions include infection prevention and support for teeth that are damaged. These tooth crowns work by protecting the teeth which have a great deal of decay to avoid an infection. We always strive to avoid the spread of bacteria.

The tooth crown immediately offers support for damaged teeth upon placement. The additional support helps maintain the functionality of the teeth themselves.



Dental Crown Usage

If you suffer from any of the below mentioned situations, we suggest you get a dental crown instead of a mere filling. 

A missing tooth or a cracked tooth

It is strongly recommended, in this situation, to get a tooth crown. When a tooth is chipped, cracked, or broken, it is vital that it is repaired to ensure that an infection cannot be created. Since the tooth has already been broken, we want to mitigate the risk and avoid further breakage.

The tooth is seriously decayed

If the tooth is decayed to the point that it affects the adjacent teeth, it is time to suggest a tooth crown that will avoid the spread of the bacteria to other parts of the mouth.

A major filling

In certain cases, older fillings are too wide and therefore not secure. In this situation, we would recommend a tooth crown as a substitute for the filling that would look better and also give more power to the tooth itself.

Types of Dental Crowns

Permanent crowns may be made of several different materials. These types of dental crown materials can include:

Metals: There are many metals that can be used in dental crowns, including gold, palladium, nickel and chromium. Metal crowns rarely crack or break, last the longest in terms of wear and only require a small amount of your tooth to be removed.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal: This type of dental crown can be matched to the color of the teeth next to the crown. They've got a more natural tooth color.

All-resin: Dental crowns made of resin are usually cheaper than other forms of crowns. Yet they wear down over time and are more likely to crack than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

All-ceramic or all-porcelain: These types of dental crowns have the best natural color matching any other form of crown. They're a decent choice, too, if you have metal allergies. All-ceramic crowns are the best option for the front teeth.

Pressed ceramic: These caps have a tough inner core. The metal filler used for the all-ceramic crowning process is replaced by pressed ceramic dental crowns. Pressed ceramic dental crown materials are covered with the best natural color match. It's even longer than an all-porcelain crown.

What are 3/4 crowns and onlays?

Onlays and 3/4 crowns are dental crown styles that do not cover as wide as the conventional dental crowns of your tooth. Your whole tooth is hidden by a typical crown. When you still have a solid tooth structure, onlays and 3/4 crowns may be sufficient. Compared to the complete coverage of your crown, it is considered more accurate.

Procedures in installing a tooth crown

It normally takes two dental appointments to complete the dental crown procedure. When a crown is placed over a natural tooth, there are several steps involved:

  • We prepare the tooth by extracting its outer portion so that the crown matches. Any decay is eliminated as well. If additional tooth structure is required to support the crown, the core of the tooth can be constructed.
  • The impression is made to provide the exact model of the crown. Printing may be achieved from a mould or digitally scanning a tooth.
  • You can get a temporary crown while you're waiting for the permanent crown to be ready. Usually this will take less than 2 weeks. While you have a temporary crown, your tooth can be sensitive to warm and cold food.. During this time, stop chewing gum and consuming oily foods.
  • When the new crown is ready, we'll put it in your mouth and make the appropriate adjustments.

How much is the cost of dental crowns?

Generally, a standard dental crown procedure would cost between $1100 and $1500. However, prices differ depending on the type of crown chosen. Fees will vary depending on the care you require before the final crown is cemented, so if you need bone graft, root canal or gum surgery, the price of the crown will increase. Insurance providers also offer different coverage depending on the type of plan you have.

At Perfect Smiles Dental, you will find gentle, understanding dentists and hygienists committed to making you look and feel better. All you need to do is book an appointment!