Your teeth are important. They help you talk, eat, and smile. But, cavities and dental damage can harm your teeth. As a result, you may develop painful diseases and disorders that can keep you from fully enjoying your life. A tooth crown (also called a dental crown or cap) can protect and restore your teeth so that you can keep smiling, speaking, and eating with ease.
Are you living with cavities and dental damage? The sooner you address these issues, the happier and healthier your smile will be. Contact Dr. Gary Horblitt and his caring team here, or call our dentist in Fairfield, CT, at (203) 335-1011 to schedule an appointment now.
A tooth crown is a protective device that fits snugly over teeth and dental implants. As such, they are a great way to complete and protect your smile. In this blog post, we answer your dental crown FAQs to help you see why they are so good at restoring your smile.
Why get a tooth crown?
There are many reasons why you might need a tooth cap, including:
- Protecting severely damaged teeth, like broken or cracked teeth
- Restoring weak teeth or existing fillings
- Treating large cavities
- Completing root canal treatment
- Improving the appearance of dull teeth
- Covering a dental implant
- Keeping a dental bridge in place
Are there different kinds of dental crowns?
Yes, there are many kinds, including:
- All-ceramic (also called porcelain or all-porcelain crowns)
- Pressed ceramic
Which tooth crown is best?
All dental caps function similarly. So, choosing the best tooth crown for your smile depends on your budgetary, aesthetic, and health goals.
For example, if you have a large cavity on a molar, then a metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal cap may be just as effective as an all-porcelain cap. However, a metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown may be cheaper than an all-porcelain crown. This is because metal-containing crowns look less natural than all-porcelain crowns (i.e. one is silver and one is tooth-colored).
You do not have to make the choice alone. Dr. Horblitt can help you choose the best option for your budget and smile.
How much do dental crowns cost?
The cost of a dental crown without insurance is variable. However, data indicate that the average cost of dental crowns in 2022 is roughly $1,000 to $3,000 per crown.
In some cases, your dental insurance may cover most or all of the cost of a tooth crown. If you do not know if your insurance covers dental caps, then let us know. We will gladly help you determine your insurance coverage.
Is there another option besides a tooth crown?
Technically, yes. But, other options (like dental fillings) may not be enough to address severe tooth damage or very large cavities.
So, if a dentist recommends a tooth cap, then you probably need it to save your tooth from invasive treatments, like a tooth extraction.