Cosmetic dentistry has made enormous strides in the last few decades. New materials have allowed dentists to create custom-crafted tooth restorations that both look and feel like natural teeth. Dental crowns are a prime example of the advances made in cosmetic dentistry technology and materials.
What is a dental crown?
Basically, a dental crown is a “cap” that is placed over a damaged or unattractive tooth. Dental crowns can also serve as a replacement for a missing tooth.
How much do dental crowns typically cost?
The cost of a dental crown will depend on the region where you live, the dentist providing your care, and the type of dental crown needed. Crowns can cost anywhere from $500-$1,000. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are more expensive than metal crowns. Most insrance companies will cover part or all of the cost of a dental crown if it is being used to strengthen an injured, decayed, or worn down tooth.
Are there any problems that can develop with crowns?
You may experience sensitivity after the crown is placed. If the sensitivity foes not go away your dentist can reposition the crown. Crowns are made from strong materials, but they can still chip and crack; your dentist can repair any damage to the crown.
If you crown was improperly fitted or the cement has washed out, the crown can become loose or fall off completely.
If you notice a dark line showing next to your gum, this is normal. Porcelain crowns that are fused to metal are a type of dental crown, and eventually, the metal can begin to shoe through the porcelain. If you are unhappy with the metal showing through you may want to consider an all-porcelain restoration.