Dental crowns are a jacket that surrounds the tooth and are bonded to the tooth to protect it.
The jacket dental crown emerged in the early 1900s and lasted about 50 years before being replaced by the Dicor crown.
In the 1990s Zirconia began being used.
What are dental crowns and why they are needed
Dental crowns are custom made jackets that fit over your tooth to protect it from further damage or cracks and decay.
If you have a tooth that is decaying, cracking, or broken from an injury you may benefit from a crown to protect that tooth which will allow you to keep your natural tooth.
How are dental crowns put in place
Dental crowns are put into place by bonding the crown to the tooth.
It fits over the tooth to the gum so the entire tooth that shows is covered.
What is the cost of dental crowns
Dental crowns are made in the lab after an impression or computer has made a copy of the tooth that needs a crown.
The cost of dental crowns will vary depending on the following;
- The number of teeth that need a crown
- Any work prior to the crown that needs to be done such as root canals
- The material you choose for the crown which will depend on what tooth is being crowned; a tooth in the front that is seen you will more than likely want porcelain instead of metal
- If you have insurance and how much that insurance pays toward crowns
Are dental crowns or the procedure painful?
Having a dental crown placed on the tooth itself is not painful, the work before the dental crown such a root canal may be painful.
If you are interested in dental crowns , speak to your dentist.