Purpose, Procedure, and Cost of Dental Crowns
A crown is a fixed dental prosthetic device that completely covers a damaged tooth in order to improve alignment, appearance, or shape. Options for crown material include gold, porcelain, zirconia, porcelain fused metal and they can be customized to match your natural tooth colour. Your dentist will recommend which option is best for you.
What Happens When You Get a Dental Crown?
If you are interested in getting a dental crown, here is what you can expect from the process:
First, discuss it with your dentist. They’ll be able to tell you if a crown is the best choice for you, explain your other options, and walk you through the procedure for getting a crown (or crowns). If you decide, along with your dentist’s recommendation, that a crown is right for you, here is what will happen:
You’ll be given a local anesthetic.
Before a crown is attached, the tooth must be reduced in size first. Your dentist will prepare the tooth to the right size so that a crown will fit over it properly.
After the tooth size is reduced, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth. This impression will be used to make a custom crown that fits perfectly in your mouth.
Your dentist will place a temporary crown over your reduced tooth after taking the impression. This will stay on until your permanent crown is ready.
On your next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and will put on the new permanent crown and cement it into place for you.
You will be given instructions on how to maintain your new crown. A dental implant crown can last indefinitely with the proper care and oral hygiene practice.
For more information or to book an appointment, call us at 1-604-359-9018
Is it Painful to Have a Crown put on Your Tooth?
Short answer: no!
Many people are concerned that having a dental crown fitted to your tooth will hurt, but with the use of anesthetic, most patients only feel very mild discomfort from the procedure. Some slight discomfort is normal, but you shouldn’t feel any real pain.
Caring for Dental Crowns
Generally speaking, you should treat a crown on your tooth the same way that you treat your natural teeth. This means a proper oral hygiene routine that includes flossing once a day and brushing thoroughly at least twice a day.
Front Tooth Crown
If one (or more) of your front teeth is cracked, broken, extensively decayed, or has had a root canal, you may want to have cosmetic dental crowns put on. A dental crown on a front tooth works much the same as on any other tooth.
One important thing to consider if you are having a front-tooth crown put on is whether you would like to whiten your teeth beforehand. Remember that your crown will be matched to your current tooth colour when it is put on, and the crown will stay that colour, so if you have a frontal dental crown put on to match your tooth colour and then, later, have your teeth whitened, your teeth will look whiter than your front crown.
Dental Crown Cost
So, how much is a dental crown, anyway? The cost of a dental crown can vary a lot depending on factors such as what material the crown is made from, where in your mouth it is being placed, and what kind of insurance coverage you have. We follow the BCDA Fee Guide. Depending on your provider and plan, insurance may cover some or all of the cost of a dental crown.
To find out how much a dental crown will cost with your insurance plan, get in touch with us today.
Why Tsawwassen Family Dental?
Our dentists are dedicated to putting our clients’ comfort and health first. If you are considering a dental crown or any other dental procedures, book an appointment today and we’ll help you find out what the best course of action is for you.