Dental crowns have long been a solution to restore the look and function of a damaged tooth. These tooth-shaped caps help restore your teeth and improve your smile.
When your dentist suggests you need a dental crown, two questions may come to mind: What type of dental crown is best for me? And how much does it cost? This brief guide will help you understand the different types of dental crowns and cost.
Do You Really Need a Crown?
After a thorough examination during your first office visit, your dentist will evaluate your particular case, and guide you on possible treatments. Generally, some of the most common causes of getting a dental crown are a weakened tooth after severe decay or cavity, to cover an implant, to replace a large filling, to align your bite, and for aesthetics purposes.
What Does Getting a Crown Involve?
The process may be different for each type of dental crown. In general, the procedure is as follows: Your dentist will prepare your tooth, which can involve just the removal of decay, a root canal, or both. She or he takes a mold so that the crown fits the exact shape of your tooth. A temporary restoration is used to protect the tooth until the crown is ready. After about a week, your dentist will have the crown ready.
There are different types of dental crowns. Gold crowns are very durable and strong, which is why they are used in back teeth restorations. All-porcelain crowns are the most widely used type of crowns for their natural look and metal-free composition. Porcelain-fused-to-metals are less costly. They look like natural teeth, although the metal composition may cause a gray colored gum line over the crown.
So Much Does A Crown Cost?
According to an estimate made by Costhelper, the price range of dental crowns per tooth today is influenced by material. The cost of gold crowns can range between $600-$2,500, all-porcelain crowns can range between $800-$3,000, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can cost $500-$1,500. Don’t forget to check with your dentist and insurance provider though!
If you’re ready to find affordable specialty crowns then call Dr. Luke’s office today at (301) 880-4439 or book an appointment online!