Dental crowns act like a cover or cap placed over a tooth to restore its normal size, strength, and even improve its overall appearance. Once the crowns are fitted into place, they fully surround an entire visible portion of a tooth that lies above the gums. Here at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ve got you covered by helping you get crowns that not only protect but also improve the overall look of your teeth.
Why Do We Need Dental Crowns?
A dental crown may be needed to protect weak teeth from breaking or holding onto parts of a crooked tooth. It could also be used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover an implant, or make particular cosmetic modifications. In root canal treatments, the crown usually protects the restored tooth and even restores discoloration to improve your smile.
For babies’ primary teeth, a crown may be used for protecting early on-set tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty in following a dental routine. It is also used to decrease the frequency of anesthesia for children who are unable to cooperate, due to age or behavioral factors, with the prerequisites of dental care.
Types of Crowns
Permanent crowns can be designed and made from all metal, porcelain, all-ceramic, or all resin. Stainless crowns, for example, are prefabricated crowns that are used temporarily on permanent teeth. The crown tends to protect the filling while a permanent crown is made from a different material.
The all-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns are more suited to people with allergies, and they provide better color matches than other crown types. Additionally, all-ceramic crowns can be used for both front and back teeth. The all-resin crowns are the inexpensive ones, at least compared to other crown types. However, all-resins are more prone to early fractures than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
Dental crowns usually last between five and fifteen years. A crown’s lifespan depends on how much it is worn, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices and your own mouth-related habits. It would help if you avoided oral habits such as grinding or clenching your teeth, biting on fingernails, opening packages using your teeth, chewing ice, and in-taking hard edibles.
What is The Cost?
The general cost of crowns depends on the part of the country or region you live in and on the type of crown preferred, such as porcelain or gold. The range could start from $800 to $1700 or perhaps more. Usually, one portion of cost of a crown is covered by dental insurance companies. You can always check in with your company for more certainty.
It is important to remember that just because a tooth is crowned does not mean that it does not require special care. A crowned tooth is still susceptible to breakage, tooth decay, or gum disease. Therefore, make it mandatory in your daily routine to follow health oral hygiene practices, including flossing regularly, brushing your teeth twice a day, and rinsing your mouth thoroughly with an antibacterial mouthwash at least once a day. If you plan on getting crowns for your teeth, be sure to visit Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry or call us at (657) 341-0808 for queries or any other dental consultations.