A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a cracked, worn down, or discolored tooth. They are custom-made for each patient and fitted onto a tooth, fully encasing the entire visible portion of the tooth that lies above the gum line. They can be made of stainless steel, all metal (such as gold or other alloy), porcelain, all resin, or all ceramic.
A dental crown may be necessary in the following situations:
- to reinforce weak or cracked teeth
- to restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- to change the look of teeth that are deformed or discolored
- to cover teeth with large fillings
- to hold a dental bridge in place
- to cover a dental implant
- to protect a tooth that has been subject to a fracture
- to improve the appearance of the tooth
- to protect a tooth after a root canal treatment
cost of dental crown
crown dental, cost of dental crown, tooth extraction costWhen teeth undergo endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, they are devitalized when the nerve and blood supply are cut off and the space which they previously filled, known as the “pulp chamber” and “root canal”, are thoroughly cleansed and filled with various materials to prevent future invasion by bacteria. Although there may very well be enough tooth structure remaining after root canal therapy is provided for a particular tooth to restore the tooth with an intracoronal restoration, this is not suggested in most teeth. The vitality of a tooth is remarkable in its ability to provide the tooth with the strength and durability it needs to function in mastication. The living tooth structure is surprisingly resilient and can sustain considerable abuse without fracturing. But after root canal therapy is performed, a tooth becomes extremely brittle and is significantly weaker than its vital neighbors.