A dental crown is a “cap” which is placed over a tooth that has been broken, treated by root canal, stained, damaged by decay, or misshapen. Individually crafted and custom-fitted dental crowns blend in with the tone and contour of your natural teeth and can last for more than 15 years. Sometimes crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge or top off a dental implant or they may be applied for certain cosmetic modifications or aesthetic purposes.
Dental crowns protect and restore teeth. In this way, they prevent further tooth damage and maintain a healthy, pleasing smile. Specifically, a tooth crown may be used for the following:
As with any other kind of dental treatment, everything starts with the dental examination, during which the doctor will check and clean your teeth so they are prepared for an easy fit. If the tooth is broken or severely damaged by decay, we will remove the damaged areas so the dental crown can do its work protecting the tooth from further decay.
Next, with the help of dental putty, we will take an impression of your teeth that will be used to construct full porcelain crowns. You will then be provided with a temporary dental crown that will be fitted onto your teeth until your following appointment.
At your second appointment, we will remove your temporary crown and replace it with a permanent crown. The crown will be secured using durable dental cement or a hidden screw. To complete the process, we will polish your crown and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort and security.
The cost for dental crowns can vary from patient to patient, however with a typical insurance plan a single crown averages out to about $200 to $600+. Without insurance a reasonable ball-park figure for a crown would be about $800 to $1200 and up.
The cost can vary depending on the type of crown and material that is used to make it, as well as the complexity of the procedure. If you are interested in restorative options such as dental crowns in Toronto, please call our downtown Toronto dental clinic at (416) 922-1053 and we can provide you with all the information you need to decide what is best for you.