Dental Crowns FAQ

Dental Crowns FAQ

Q: What is a dental crown?

A: A dental crown, also known as a ‘cap’ is permanent and designed to fit over a tooth so that it appears to be a natural tooth. Different materials are used to create crowns including metals, ceramics and porcelains. Sometimes a combination of materials will be used for a dental crown. Ceramic crowns are very sturdy and pleasing to the eye.

Q: Who needs a dental crown?

A: There are a variety of reasons as to why a person might need a dental crown, each situation and patient different from the others. Just a few instances when a dental crown could be necessary include:

  • If a tooth has been heavily restored it’s risk for breaking typically increases but a dental crown can actually lengthen the tooth’s life.
  • If a tooth has undergone a root canal it becomes much more brittle which puts it at risk for cracking or fracturing. A dental crown can be placed on this tooth for maximum protection from a fracture or chance of breaking.
  • If you have a tooth that doesn’t quite match the rest of your teeth, like a discoloured tooth, a dental crown can cover it up and help it blend in with your other teeth.

Q: How is a tooth prepared for a crown?

A: Two visits will be required in order to create your crown. Your tooth will be reshaped and recontoured in order for the crown to fit properly. We will take an impression of your tooth and place a temporary crown during the first visit. Your second visit is when we apply and fit your actual crown, adjusting your bite as necessary.

Q: What is a post?

A: When researching dental crowns you may come across the term ‘post’ and this is placed in a tooth treated with a root canal and acts as a ‘frame’ for the crown. The post can be crafted from plastic or metal and supports the crown. Only teeth that have lost a good deal of structure require a post.

Q: Is there an alternative to a dental crown?

A: If you prefer to have something other than a crown you could possibly have a large filling placed. Unfortunately, there is a risk with using a filling. It can actually fracture which would result in another treatment.

Q: What is the cost for a dental crown?

A: It varies but the average dental crown ranges anywhere from $800 to $1000 with the kind of material playing a large role. We can work with you to set up a payment plan if necessary so that you can receive the crown you need.

Q: What are crowns made of?

A: There are different materials used to create dental crowns and new materials are introduced regularly but the most preferred options at Martindale Dental include:

  • Porcelain
  • All-Ceramic
  • Glass
  • Gold Alloy

Q: Will I experience any pain when having my tooth prepped for a dental crown?

A: We will use a local anaesthetic when preparing the tooth for a crown and you shouldn’t feel anything different than as if you were having a filling done. A local anaesthetic may not be required if you’re having a post crown and there is no nerve present in the tooth.

Q: Will my dental crown be noticeable?

A: We will match your dental crown with your teeth as closely as possible to lessen the noticeability.

Q: Will the crown feel any different?

A: At first you might notice it feels different but after a few days it should become normal and less noticeable. If your bite doesn’t feel correct you might need an adjustment which we can help you with.

Q: Does my dental crown require special care?

A: By taking proper care of your crown you can expect it to last a lot longer. While the crown won’t decay, decay can still form along the edge of the joining of the crown and your tooth. So it’s very important to continue with your normal oral hygiene routine and treat it like you would the rest of your teeth.

Q: How long do dental crowns last?

A: If proper care is taken you can expect your crown to last a long time. We can better determine this during your visit