What are Dental Crowns?
A crown is a prosthetic positioned over a tooth to create a smoother look and enhance strength and durability.
The placement of a crown is often recommended when:
- a tooth is cracked
- has an old filling
- is severely decayed
Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile.
Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown (ideal for use on the front teeth), the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown (ideal for use on the back teeth).
The Dental Crown Procedure
- Before placing the crown on the tooth, the tooth will be shaped to make room for it.
- Then an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth is taken.
- A temporary acrylic crown is placed on the tooth.
- When the permanent crown is ready (1-2 weeks normally), the temporary crowns are replaced.
A crown may last up to 40 years. Our dentist uses Empress All Porcelain Crowns for best results.
Dental Crowns – Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What are my dental crown choices for front teeth?
A1. Bonded all porcelain, extra stength all porcelain and porcelain fused to metal.
Q2. Can a root canal be done through a crown?
A2. A root canal can be done through an existing crown if the crown is in good condition, has closed margins (edges), and there is no decay underneath the old crown. After the root canal treatment is completed, the hole in the crown will be patched up with a filling material. However, if the crown needs to be replaced, then the crown will be removed, all decay will be cleaned off, and the root canal treatment will be done. If insufficient tooth structure is left to support a crown, then a post will be necessary for the retention of a crown.
Q3. How much does a tooth crown cost?
A3. The prices start from $599. Initial consultation worth $100 FREE. Conditions apply.