Dental Crowns Questions
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cosmetic dentistry restoration that is used to repair a tooth that has been damaged to the extent that a filling or veneer will no longer be able to correct it.
Unlike a filling that fits within the cavity of a tooth or a veneer that is bonded to the outer surface of a tooth, a dental crown covers the entire visible portion of a tooth like a cap.
What types of dental crowns are there?
There are three different types of crowns:
Resin and Porcelain Crowns
Resin and porcelain crowns create the most aesthetically pleasing restorations because they can be custom colored so that they perfectly match the rest of your teeth. Resin and porcelain crowns are free of metal, they are indistinguishable from other teeth when they are placed, and they are stain resistant and very durable.
If the appearance of the crown is not essential, gold crowns can be used to restore the function of a tooth. The advantage of gold is that it is easily molded and can provide a very precise fit, and it will not chip or crack.
Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are very durable and natural looking. Essentially, these crowns have a metal sub-structure that porcelain is fused to; the downside of these crowns is that the metal sub-structure can sometimes be seen along the gum line.
How are dental crowns applied?
The dental crown process usually takes a few different visits to Dr. Kun’s cosmetic dentistry studio. During the first visit, Dr. Kun will reshape your tooth so that the crown can fit over it without looking unnatural. This requires local anesthetic.
After the tooth has been reshaped, a mold is taken of the tooth and sent to a master technician so that your dental crown can be custom made. This process usually takes about two weeks, and while the custom dental crown is being created, you will be provided with a temporary crown so that you can eat and speak naturally.
After the crown has been created, it is sent back to Dr. Kun’s studio, and you will be able to return so that it can be permanently bonded to your tooth. Bonding the crown to your tooth is performed with special dental cement that is placed between your tooth and the crown, once in place, a special light is used to cure the cement, bonding the crown to your tooth.
How much will my dental crown cost?
The price of a dental crown varies between patients. Depending on where the crown is being placed, the number of crowns being placed, and the material of the crown, the cost of your crown may be between $1000 and $1500 per crown. If you would like to receive a dental crown and are interested in the cost of the procedure, contact Dr. Kun today to schedule an initial consultation where you can discuss the cost of the procedure and available financing options.
Dr. Kun is a fellow of LVI, and is experienced in placing dental crowns. If you would like to have a dental crown placed, contact Dr. Kun today to schedule an initial consultation at his Whitehall, Pennsylvania cosmetic dentistry studio.