Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crowns
Do you need a dental crown? The experts here at Golf Links Dental are here with all the information you need about dental crowns.
Dental Crowns are cemented over a tooth – sort of like a cap. They are meant to get the tooth back to the size, shape and strength that it was originally meant to be. They are shaped like a tooth and they conceal every part of the tooth that’s visible – right down to the gumline.
Your favourite Ancaster dentist may recommend a dental crown if your teeth is weak, chipped or broken, if you are getting a dental bridge and need a crown to hold it in place, or if you have a tooth or dental implant that is a funny shape or colour that you want to change. Children can also be recommended dental crowns if they have tooth decay or if they are classified as high-risk for tooth decay.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including stainless steel, porcelain or resin. There are pros and cons to each of these options, so ask your dentist which is the best option for you.
Crowns usually last man years – typically somewhere between 5-15, but this depends how well they are cared for. Taking good care of your teeth and mouth is very important to helping extend the life of your crown. Try not to grind or clench your teeth, bite your nails or use your teeth to tear through packaging – these can all damage your teeth and crowns.
While a tooth with a dental crown does not require specific care, it’s important to keep taking good care of your teeth – covering a tooth with a crown does not protect it from gum disease or decay. Continue to brush twice a day, floss daily and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. When you’re flossing, try to focus on the area where the crowned tooth meets the gumline.
Most Ancaster dental organizations charge between $800-$1700 dollars for a dental crown. This can depend on the type of crown you need, and which part of the mouth it is located in. This cost is often partially covered by private insurance policies. Make sure you check with your insurance company to see what percentage they cover.