No matter how careful you are about brushing and flossing, you may still experience some tooth decay. Having these cavities dealt with quickly is important to containing the problem and preventing you from experiencing complications like pain, swelling and difficulty chewing. Although fillings are a common solution for some types of tooth decay, other cases will require a more aggressive treatment in the form of a dental crown.
When you get a filling, the dentist drills away the decayed portion of the tooth and fills in the hole. A crown takes this process one step further by covering the tooth. The crown works to strengthen the tooth and protect it from breaking, which is particularly important after it’s been weakened by decay. Crowns are made from a variety of materials including metal and porcelain, and each material has benefits that lend it to being used in certain situations. Most metal crowns are made of gold, palladium or base metal alloys. Before applying the crown, the dentist will generally need to file down or shape the tooth. A strong adhesive is then applied to keep the crown in place.
- When your tooth is broken or cracked.
- When the decay extends to three or more sides of the tooth.
- When you have a large filling.
- When a filing is worn out from time.
- In situations where a substantial amount of decay is present or the tooth is fractured, a crown is the best treatment. This will protect the existing tooth and help to prevent you from requiring an extraction or root canal.
The cost of a dental crown will vary depending on the materials used, your dentist’s rates, what type of tooth is being crowned and whether you have dental insurance. In general, a basic rear tooth crown will cost between $895 and $1,145. A cosmetic front tooth crown will cost between $995 to $1,345. Although the cost of a crown may be daunting, it’s important to remember that it will protect you from additional expenses down the road. A single crown is much less expensive than a root canal, extraction or multiple crowns and fillings required to contain spreading tooth decay. Taking this preventive measure can isolate the problem and strengthen your teeth to protect the overall health of your mouth.
Non-Metal Based, All-Porcelain Crowns
Non-Metal Based All-Porcelain Crowns are natural, beautiful, and compare in strength to Metal-Based Crowns. No metal underneath a crown makes the light reflect naturally through and off of the Non-Metal Based All-Porcelain Crowns, and there is not dark metal line at the gum line.
- E-Max Crowns, which are the very most cosmetic crowns available, but are slightly less durable for people who clench or are rough on their teeth.
- All-Zirconium Crowns, which are the strongest non-metal based cosmetic crowns available.
- Layered Zirconium Crowns, which have a base underneath of very strong non-metal tooth-colored Zirconium covered with beautiful lifelike porcelain. These crowns are a wonderful combination of very cosmetic and very durable materials.
- The metal that is the foundation under Metal-Based Crowns is used to make the beautiful porcelain of the outside of the crown rigid and strong. But this metal is usually a grayish or silver color, which can show through the porcelain, creating a darker looking, less life-like crown, since light doesn’t go all the way through the crown, but just to the metal base. In natural teeth light goes all the way through a tooth imparting a truly life-like brilliance.
- In All-Porcelain Non-Metal Based Crowns the foundation is a tooth colored, strong new-age material (either Zirconium or E-Max), which imparts strength to the crown, but does not have the dark color that Metal-Based Crowns have. Light goes all the way through them like natural teeth. Therefore, they usually appear warmer and more life-like than Metal-Based Crowns.
Whereas Metal-Based Crowns are generally in the $950-$1195 range, All-Porcelain Non-Metal Based Crowns are generally in the $1295-$1395 range.
- If a person has several Metal-Based Crowns and needs a new crown or two, normally we would recommend the new crowns be Metal-Based Crowns so they would match the existing crowns.
- If a person has several Metal-Based Crowns and needs several new crowns, normally we would recommend the new crowns be All-Porcelain Non-Metal Based Crowns, unless the person is a very heavy clencher. Then we would recommend staying with Metal-Based Crowns.
- If a person has no crowns or only All-Porcelain Non-Metal Based Crowns, we would recommend All-Porcelain Non-Metal Based Crowns.
- If the crown is in the back of the mouth, the beauty of an All-Porcelain Non-Metal Based Crown is hard to see. So often for these teeth, people chose a less expensive, strong Metal-Based Crown.