Dental Crowns: Types, Purpose, Procedure and Cost

Dental crowns are a fantastic option for repairing your smile’s look, feel, and function. Whether your dentist has advised that you consider getting dental crowns or you’re curious as to if this could be a good option to bring forward at your next check-up and clean, you’re going to want to be as informed as possible. Here is everything you need to know about dental crowns and your different options…

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is the upper area of your tooth, the majority of the surface. Teeth can be separated into two different sections, the root, which is what makes contact with your gums, and the crown. The crown is the visible area of your tooth, covering the root. A dental crown is an artificial crown that is cemented to the root of your teeth, protecting the area and giving the appearance of a natural crown.

What types are there?

There are a few different options out there when it comes to choosing which dental crown is going to be correct for your smile. Your dentist will help you to decide between the following…

Partial Crown: This type of dental restoration covers some areas of your tooth, but not the entire structure. This is a conservative choice and allows the preservation of your natural tooth, maintaining the organic structure as best as your dentist can. This is the preferred choice of a crown when it is an available choice for your particular condition.

Dental Veneer: Veneers will most commonly be crafted from porcelain in order for the full coverage to look natural in your smile. This is also a partial fitting option, covering the front and biting the edge of your tooth.

Temporary Crown: A provisional or temporary crown is fitted onto a tooth or a root when a more permanent crown is being made at a laboratory facility. These are not effective long term and are not used for more than a few weeks at a time.

Metal: Metal materials such as gold or stainless steel can be used as crowns for back teeth that are less visible to the eye. These strong and durable materials make a great option for those who are looking to have less of their natural tooth shaved down. Stainless steel is commonly used for children’s baby teeth.

Porcelain: Porcelain crowns are the most common type of dental crown as they blend seamlessly into the rest of your smile. The porcelain can be tinted to match the exact shade of your neighboring teeth, you won’t even notice that it is there!

Who needs a dental crown?

Getting a dental crown fitted will likely be needed if you are suffering from one of the following…

Need a large filling: Larger fillings might not be able to be repaired through the traditional means and will instead require more coverage in the form of a crown.

Require a root canal: Root canals mean filing down the tooth and working in the root of the tooth, which might mean that you’ll need a porcelain crown to cover and protect your tooth after the operation.

Have a cracked tooth: Cracked teeth might be beyond repair and require a more protective crown in order to avoid infection or decay over time.

Suffering from tooth decay: Tooth decay can become very serious and require the protection of a crown in order to repair the visual impact as well as the pain caused by sensitivity.

Are there different cost options?

Talk with your dentist about your different pricing options for a dental crown fitting! You’ll get personalized advice and input.