What is a dental crown?
When enough tooth is decayed or missing, it is indicated to provide additional strength by covering it by placing a tooth-shaped “cap” over it. This is made to restore its shape, size, strength, and beauty.
What are crowns made of?
Many crowns in the past were made of metal with porcelain covering over it to give a tooth color. Many patients do not like the look of these crowns as they see the darkness or metal of the crown where the gum tissue meets the tooth. We most often place crowns that are completely made of a ceramic material (lithium disilicate, zirconia, or combination). These crowns have superior beauty and strength to the porcelain fused to metal crowns of the past.
How much does it cost?
This restoration is custom made for each individual tooth, which incurs a slightly higher cost. This is often a covered procedure of dental insurance companies, which can help offset from a little to a lot of the cost depending on the patient’s plan.