Dental Crowns

Find costs, candidates and risks of dental crowns

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: October 11, 2011

Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns are a prevalent treatment in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. The wide use of dental crowns stems from their ability to correct for a number of different problems such as cracks, stains, misalignment or severe tooth decay. Dental crowns are also commonly used in conjunction with other dental procedures. Patients are almost always happy with their results from dental crowns. Dental crowns allow people to not only improve their oral hygiene, but enhance their smiles and feel confident about the way they look.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental implants are prosthetic materials made from metal, porcelain, or resin to treat a damaged tooth. Dental crowns, also called dental ‘caps,’ are bonded to existing teeth to make one’s smile whiter, brighter, and more aligned.

A Good Candidate for Dental Crowns

Most people with damage to the teeth can be good candidates for dental crowns. Good candidates need to be committed to improving oral hygiene in order to achieve optimal benefits.

Dental Crowns Procedure

The dental crown procedure usually takes place in two parts: preparing and bonding. Your dentist will prepare your teeth for dental crowns by creating a mold of your mouth to guide he fabrication of your custom-made crowns. Your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to advise you on the best of crown for your specific condition. In the next stage of the procedure, your dentist will fit and size your permanent crowns to your teeth using a bonding method. 

Types of Dental Crowns

The different types of dental crowns depend on the materials used to fabricate them. The durability of metal crowns make them suitable for treating back teeth or molars. Porcelain dental crowns are more attractive and can be used for both front and back teeth. Ceramic and resin dental crowns are the weakest types of crowns but useful for repairing front teeth. Your dentist will discuss the different types of dental crowns and advise you accordingly.

Risks and Side Effects of Dental Crowns

Applying dental crowns is a relatively simple procedure; however, there are certain risks and side effects associated with treatment. Dental crowns are designed to last between 10 and 25 years, though the lifespan depends on the dentist’s capabilities and the patient’s oral hygiene habits.

Cost of Dental Crowns

The cost of dental crowns depends largely on the type of crown used and the individual dentist’s fees. The number of crowns a patient needs also influences the overall cost.

CEREC (Instant Dental Crowns)

Ever wanted to have a new tooth, and you don’t want to wait for weeks on end? This is where CEREC technology comes into play for the patient and the dentist. CEREC Technology enables dentists to create and fit new teeth in a single visit.

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