Dental crowns cover teeth weakened by cavities, large fillings or fractures. Crowns cover most, or all, of a damaged tooth. The procedure requires two office visits. The tooth’s enamel is filed down to make room for the crown. If a large area of the tooth is damaged or missing, the dentist uses filling material to build a tooth to support the crown. An impression is made and a temporary crown is placed while the permanent crown is manufactured. During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is placed. The dentist checks the fit of the crown before it is permanently cemented into place.

The ideal candidate for a dental crown is someone unhappy with his, or her, smile because of the condition of the teeth. Dental crowns are also good for a patient with a tooth that is damaged to the point where the remaining tooth structure is not enough to support a filling. Crowns can benefit a person with a large filling that needs replaced. In addition, patients with teeth that are misshapen, discolored or worn-down are good candidates.

The cost for dental crowns varies by the number of teeth treated, any laboratory fees and the geographic location of the procedure. A dental crown can cost around $1000-$3000.

Patients can expect to be sore, and have some tooth sensitivity, for a day or two after getting a crown placed. Over-the-counter medication and anti-sensitive toothpaste can minimize any discomfort. Patients can resume all activities immediately after treatment. The results can be seen immediately after the crown is placed and it can last between 5 to 15 years depending on the condition of the teeth prior to the treatment and if the patient practices proper oral hygiene after getting the crown.

Dental Onlays and Crowns

Dental Onlays and Crowns

submitted on   Tue Nov, 10, 2015 by Anthony Vocaturo, MD     
Dental onlays and crowns are used to restore an extensively damaged tooth. In these types of restorations, some tooth structure is removed and one or more outer surfaces of the tooth are replaced by the dental material from which the onlay or crown is made of. An onlay provides partial coverage...