A crown (also known as a cap) is a tooth-like covering placed over a preexisting tooth. Crowns can serve many functions: strengthening, restoring, or improving the appearance of your natural tooth. For example, a crown can support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken, and can be attached to bridges or dentures.
Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
Anterior Crown Replacement
Most dentistry looks like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Custom porcelain bridges or even dental implants can restore the look and feel of your own natural teeth when front teeth have been lost as a result of injury or disease.
New breakthroughs in adhesives and stronger porcelain materials now make it possible to make crowns entirely out of porcelain. To have enough strength to withstand biting forces, porcelain crowns used to be built upon a metal core. If you have ever noticed a dark blue line at the edge of a crown, now you know what caused it: the dark metal inside the porcelain.
All-porcelain crowns maintain a translucency that makes them hard to distinguish from natural teeth. Without metal, the problem of the dark blue line at the edge of the gums is eliminated. This allows us to place the edge of the crown above the gumline, which is healthier for your tooth and gums. When you want to improve your smile, all-porcelain crowns are a beautiful and natural-looking choice.
Repairing a Broken or loose Crown:
Usually Broken or cracked crowns are not repairable, or financially not wise to repair a severely damaged crown. If your crown becomes loose or falls off, the crown can be placed and re-cemented back on its original place. Dr. Haghiri will examine the crown and evaluate the severity of the damaged/loose crown and the tooth that has been covered by the crown. Depending on the procedures that have been done on the tooth prior to placing the crown and health of the gum tissue, Dr. Haghiri will give you two options:
1. Repairing and re-cementing the crown if possible. 2. Placing a new crown.
Cost of a Dental Crown:
Cost for Re-Cementing a Loose Crown: The cost for re-cementing a loose crown is usually between $50-$80 excluding any X-ray or examination cost. In our office, we will waive Exam and X-ray costs for our new patients who do not have a Dental Insurance ($35.00 Value).
Cost for Placing a New Dental Crown: The cost for placing a crown varies from place to place, and it depends on the number of the tooth and how accessible the tooth is to the dentist, but the major factor in determining the price of a crown is the Lab Cost. The cost to build a crown is usually around $350-$900 depending on the material and the tooth number. and the price for placing the crown depends on the dentist and location of the tooth in mouth. Some offices use Cerec technology and offer on spot crown placement. The cost on choosing instant crown placement is usually the same as or more than the traditional way. The reasons for the high cost are the material cost, price and maintenance of the technology.
In our office, price for a crown will be determined after complete examination by Dr. Haghiri. Depending on above conditions price varies from $580-$1200.