Dental Crowns: Procedure Info & Benefits
A dental crown is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth by covering it all the way up to the gum line. Crowns can even replace a tooth as part of dental bridgework, and are capable of strengthening damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. Crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and can even improve the look of your teeth.
Dental Crown Cost
The average price range for a regular dental crown is between $1,000 and $1,500. Prices will vary depending on the type of crown and the treatment you need before the final crown is cemented in place.
What to Expect from Your Dental Crown Procedure
The entire process of having a dental crown added typically requires two visits to the dentist.
During your first visit:
- X-Rays are taken of the tooth and jawbone to ensure there are no extraneous factors (such as extensive decay) that might increase the risk of infection or injury. The X-Rays serve as a screening process. If any other issues are discovered, you may be required to have another procedure done before the crown can be applied. A root canal is the most common requirement for patients who have more extensive decay
- If the X-Rays do not reveal any risk factors, the dentist will proceed. The next step will be filing down the tooth to make room for the crown to fit over the top. The extent of reshaping will depend on what kind of crown is being placed. Any tooth decay will also be treated during this step.
- Once the tooth is shaped, an impression will be made of the tooth using a paste or puddy to help ensure the crown fits as well as possible. A second impression will be taken of the teeth opposite of the crown (on the other jaw) to ensure the crown fits comfortably when the patient bites down.
- A temporary crown will usually be placed above the filed tooth to protect it until the permanent crown can be applied.
After you leave your first visit, the impressions will be sent to a dental technician or laboratory where they'll be used to create the permanent crown. It's common for this procedure to take 2-4 weeks.
During your second visit:
- Once the permanent crown is created, the temporary crown will have to be removed. Your dentist will then check to make sure the new crown fits well and matches the natural color of the teeth around it
- Local anesthetic is usually applied to numb the area while the permanent crown is being cemented.
- Dental cement is used to place the crown over the filed tooth.
- Small adjustments may be made to the crown to ensure it fits properly and is correctly positioned.
If you have reason to believe a dental crown is necessary for you, or are looking for more information on our dental crown procedure, contact your nearest Embrace Dental office in Kentucky today. Dr. Adeniran is committed to providing the best possible dental care and advice, and creating lasting bonds with patients. We're happy to answer any questions you have and are excited to get to know you!