A dental crown– also known as a dental cap –is a restorative dental procedure for capping damaged, stained, or misshapen teeth as well as teeth treated by root canal.
Available in a wide variety of materials, tooth crowns are individually crafted and custom-fitted to the unique shape and contours of teeth. With proper care, dental crowns can often last more than 15 years. Crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge or top off a dental implant or they may be applied for certain cosmetic modifications or aesthetic purposes.
Types of Dental Crowns
When it comes to dental crown materials, there are several options available. Speak with your doctor to find out which material works best for you. The following are four of the most common materials used for creating dental crowns.
All-Resin Dental Crowns
As the name implies, all-resin dental crowns are made entirely from resin. All-resin crowns look great and are typically more affordable than other types of crowns. But, these dental crowns wear down faster than other types over time.
Metal Dental Crowns
Metal crowns are made from one of four common metals: gold, palladium, nickel, and chromium. These are the most resilient type of crowns, capable of withstanding biting and chewing forces. They rarely chip or break and don’t wear down over time. The only drawback to metal dental crowns is their appearance. Due to their unnatural look, they’re better suited to the less visible teeth, like molars.
All-Ceramic & All-Porcelain Dental Crowns
Best-suited for front teeth, all-porcelain, and all-ceramic dental crowns provide the most natural-looking crowns. While not as strong as metal crowns, these types of crowns are also a great alternative for those with metal allergies who still value strength and longevity in their dental crowns.
Pressed Ceramic Dental Crowns
Pressed ceramic dental crowns are a best-of-both-worlds option. This type of crown features a hard core of pressed ceramic, providing strength and resilience– but it’s capped with porcelain so that it looks more like a natural tooth. As a result, pressed ceramic dental crowns are long-lasting and natural-looking.
Same-Day Cerec Dental Crowns
Cerec dental crowns are the newest breakthrough in dental crown technology. Utilizing 3D imaging and advanced 3D printing technology, your doctor can take digital “imprints”, of your teeth and create durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking dental crowns all in one visit! If you’re interested in same-day Cerec dental crowns, schedule your appointment today for a consultation.
What’s the process of getting a crown?
A standard dental crown procedure requires two office visits and is performed by a dentist.
Here is how we go about it:
Examining and Preparing the Tooth
As with most dental treatments, the dental crown procedure starts with a dental examination. Our doctor will check and clean your teeth so they are prepared for the teeth caps. If a tooth is broken or severely damaged by decay, the doctor will remove the damaged areas so the tooth cap can do its work protecting the tooth from further decay.
Shaping the Crown
Next, with the help of dental putty, we will take an impression of your teeth that will be used to construct full porcelain crowns. You will then be provided with a temporary dental cap that will be fitted onto your teeth until your following appointment. If you are missing a tooth and wish to replace it with a dental implant, we will take an impression of the implant and the surrounding teeth. Our lab will use the impression to manufacture your own custom crown.
Placing the Crown
At your second appointment, we will remove your temporary crown and replace it with a permanent crown. The crown will be secured using durable dental cement or a hidden screw. To complete the process, we will polish your crown and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort and security.
Cost of Dental Crowns in Hamilton
The out-of-pocket cost for a dental crown can vary widely from patient to patient. With a typical insurance plan a single crown averages out to about $200 to $600+. Without insurance, a reasonable figure for a crown is about $800 to $1200 and up.
So what goes into determining the cost of a dental crown?
- The type of crown and the material that is used.
- The location and complexity of the procedure.
- The number of crowns that may be required.
- Combining the crown with other dental appliances like bridges.
- Supplies and equipment that are required for your specific treatment.
Remember, no dental practice can provide an accurate quote over the phone. Ultimately, your needs are as unique as your smile. It’s important to speak with a dentist and undergo an oral exam to find out all your treatment options and to receive an accurate quote. If you have dental insurance, we would be happy to supply you with a quote to submit to them so you can find out your out-of-pocket costs before you make a decision.
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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
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