Tooth Crowns – Your 2022 Guide

Excerpt: Crowns are extraordinarily useful in dentistry and they have many purposes and roles to fill depending on what your reason was for getting the crown was.
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Crowns are extraordinarily useful in dentistry and they have many purposes and roles to fill depending on what your reason was for getting the crown was.

What Is A Tooth Crown?

Tooth crowns (dental crowns) re caps placed on the top of damaged teeth. These teeth are used to make the teeth stronger from decay, trauma, infection, or even dental work. If you have root canal therapy on a tooth, for example, a hole will be leftover from the drill, and the tooth crown will be used to cover the hole so there is no exposure.

What Is A Tooth Crown Made Of?

Tooth crowns will be made out of a variety of different materials depending on their function, purpose, and location in the mouth. If your crown is on a molar, it will need to be more durable than aesthetic. 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel crowns are temporarily used to protect permanent teeth. The crown is only used until permanent protection can be implemented, generally, this will be another crown or filling. For children, stainless steel crowns are used to protect the primary teeth since the primary teeth are only temporary and will eventually fall out. Once the primary tooth falls out, the crown will fall out with it and be discarded. 

Metal

A variety of metals are used in crowns, these metals include, gold, platinum, or different metal alloys. Metal crowns are very durable and can last a long time, the main issues they have are the metal color of the crown, which will stick out from your teeth, and the high price of gold. If metal crowns are used, they will generally be for teeth that are not so visible.

Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal

A variety of metals are used in crowns, these metals include, gold, platinum, or different metal alloys. Metal crowns are very durable and can last a long time, the main issues they have are the metal color of the crown, which will stick out from your teeth, and the high price of gold. If metal crowns are used, they will generally be for teeth that are not so visible. 

All-Resin Crowns

All-resin tooth crowns are less expensive than other crown types, but they are also less durable as well.

All-Ceramic Or All-Porcelain

These crowns do a great job at color-matching the teeth to the color of the crown, they also do not leave a dark line as metal crowns do. They can be used in the front or back of the mouth and are often used for patients with metal allergies.

Temporary Crowns Vs. Permanent Crowns

Temporary crowns are generally made by the dentist at the dentists office while the permanent crown is made in a dental lab. Temporary crowns are typically made out of acrylic-based, or stainless steel.

What Does A Tooth Crown Look Like?

A tooth crown will be shaped like the tooth it is replacement to replicate function, and feel for the patient. The dentist will also make sure it is a similar size to your teeth so you don’t have gaps, or extra wear and tear on other teeth. The dental crown will come in a variety of different colors depending on what is used to make it. You will often see white, steel, or gold-colored crowns.
silver gold and porcelain dental crowns

How Much Does A Tooth Crown Cost?

The Alberta Dental Association 2022 guide prices tooth crowns out like this:
 
  • Prefabricated, Metal, Primary Crown – $211.89
  • Crown, Porcelain/Ceramic/Polymer Glass – $895.20

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How Much Tooth Is Needed For A Tooth Crown?

Tooth crowns are incredibly versatile for implementation. 75% of the tooth can be damaged to a degree and you can still have a dental crown inserted into it. However, if you are trying to self-diagnose if your tooth or teeth can have a dental crown, it’s better to make a dentist appointment. Tooth crowns can also be placed in an empty socket if you decide to get a dental implant.

How Long Do Tooth Crowns Last?

Certain tooth crowns can last 10 years or even longer as they are very durable and are meant to be permanent. You can choose to treat a crown like a normal tooth, however, it may be beneficial to focus specifically on the tooth crown when you are doing your oral care routine. Since crowns can come out easier than teeth, dentists also recommend you wear mouthguards for protection during physically stressful situations.  

How Is A Tooth Crown Inserted Onto The Tooth?

The crown is inserted in a couple of different steps, it will depend on if you need a temporary crown, or not.

Multi-Day Procedure With A Temporary Crown

  1. The dentist will examine and prepare the tooth.
  2. The tooth will be filed and part of it will be removed.
  3. An impression will be taken of the tooth.
  4. A temporary crown will be inserted.
  5. Once the permanent crown is made, it will be inserted into the tooth.

Same Day Procedure With No Temporary Crown

  1. Pictures will be taken of the mouth.
  2. The crown will be made from these pictures at the office.
  3. Once the crown is made, it will be cemented into place.
 
Multi-day crows are the most common procedure as dental clinics rarely have the technology to make the crown on-site.
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