We all want healthy, well functioning beautiful teeth. However, many patients are dealing with severely chipped or worn teeth, fractured teeth, teeth with large cavities, discolored and misshapen teeth. A dental crown is the best option to repair teeth to their natural appearance and function. Crowns are custom made and aesthetically pleasing to give you the result you are looking for.
What Is A Crown?
A crown is an artificial covering, or cap that completely covers over a prepared tooth. The material can be made of: metal (gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all porcelain or zirconia (ceramic metal oxide). A crown is recommended for restorative procedures and elective cosmetic procedures. Crowns strengthen weak teeth and conceal cosmetic flaws.
Why Do I Need A Crown?
- Teeth that have undergone a root canal need a crown because the enamel is very weak without a nerve or blood supply.
- Teeth with decay under existing fillings require a crown to restore complete chewing function and strength.
- Teeth that are fractured or chipped are strengthened and restored aesthetically with crowns.
- An implant requires a crown in order to finish the artificial tooth process.
How Long Will A Crown Last?
Crowns last on average 5 to 15 years. Longevity is influenced by how well the patient takes care of their overall dental health. Brushing and flossing should be maintained twice a day at home. Regular preventive hygiene visits are encouraged at least twice a year in the dental office. Additional tools like a waterpik and electric toothbrush will also extend the life of a crown.
Oral habits like chewing ice, clenching and grinding can reduce the lifespan of a crown. Patients who clench and grind are strongly advised to wear a night guard while sleeping as a preventative measure.
What Is The Cost Of A Crown?
On average a single crown costs between $800 and $1700. Sometimes a core build up is required under the crown to prepare and strengthen the tooth. The fee for a core build up ranges from $175 to $350. The build up is almost always required when a significant amount of tooth structure is missing and when the tooth has had a root canal. Occasionally a procedure called crown lengthening is needed, this adds an additional cost to the crown investment.