A tooth is made up of the root and the crown. A dental crown is the replacement of the natural crown or visible part of the tooth, often required as a result of a root canal procedure.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap that partially or completely encapsulates the affected tooth. The dental crown creates a stronger tooth that can last more than 20 years. Getting a crown normally takes two appointments to complete. The first visit involves preparing the tooth, typically either grinding down or building it up, to get the right size and shape. Measurements are taken and a mold is sent to a dental lab. A temporary crown is then installed until the permanent crown returns from the lab. On the second visit the crown is fit checked to ensure a perfect fit and is then cemented in place.
When are Dental Crowns required?
Dental crowns are required whenever the tooth has experienced procedures or traumas that substantially reduce the strength and viability of the tooth. This could be due to a previous root canal procedure or a very large filling. Both of these scenarios would require a crown to reinforce the tooth. Crowns can also be used to change the appearance of the dentition teeth by reshaping teeth, closing spaces, or correcting discolorations.
Dental Crowns - Longevity and Care
Dental crowns are cemented on to natural teeth. If these teeth are not carefully maintained your crown could develop decay underneath or periodontal problems could arise which may ultimately lead to its failure. Good oral hygiene is important to avoid such a mishap. If properly cared for, dental crowns usually last for more than 15 years.
What is the cost of a Dental Crown?
The cost of a dental crown varies according to what materials are selected for its fabrication. To have an accurate estimate completed a consultation appointment with Dr. MacLean is needed.