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Dental Crowns: Cost and Procedure

Dental Crowns: Cost and Procedure

If any of your teeth show signs of decay, this can progressively worsen if you’ve not visited the dentist for adequate treatment. 

A popular choice of treatment is a dental crown. There are many reasons why teeth can decay, but what is equally important is taking action to preserve the integrity and health of your teeth. Having a dental crown could be exactly what you need.

If you’re considering dental crown treatment, welcome to your guide! We cover everything you need to know about dental crown treatment, such as placement, costs and what else to expect.

What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a custom-made “cap” that offers protection for a damaged tooth. Crowns are considered a perfect prosthetic solution to cover the tooth’s entire surface. Crowns can act as an extra protection tool for root canals as well. They’re also a great long-term choice for their cost.

What Is The Cost Of A Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are not the cheapest. However, its protection can last a lifetime if you look after them. Here’s a typical cost breakdown of a dental crown:

TYPE OF CROWNCOST
Porcelain CrownsFrom $1500
Ceramic CrownsFrom $1500
Alloy or Gold CrownsFrom $1500.

It is important to note that the cost increase due to several other factors. First, the final cost can depend on where you’re having the treatment. For example, Sydney and Australia’s average rental cost is higher than other Australian areas. Also, the effort required can be factored in. If a molar at the back of the mouth needs protection, the treatment is considerably harder than a front tooth that needs protection. Placement of the chosen material can also impact the overall cost. You can speak to the dentist about these aspects when formulating a treatment plan.

When Would I Need A Dental Crown?

Tooth decay can not only damage your teeth, but the infection can also spread to your gums as well, causing the underlying jawbone to weaken and for teeth to potentially fall out of their socket. 

Here are some common reasons when you’d need a dental crown:

  • To Protect A Natural Tooth or Implant – A crown protects a natural tooth and can also protect an implant. Because Implants are considered a natural prosthetic restoration that functions like natural teeth, a crown can act as a shield to protect it instead of replacing the implant altogether.
  • To Improve Your Bite – A new crown helps to restore the ability to chew. When biting down on food, the crown acts to protect your natural teeth from food becoming stuck. 
  • A Large Filling – Your dental filling may become loose, which means your tooth is no longer protected from bacteria. 
  • Replace Missing Teeth – Dental crowns are considered a great restorative option for natural teeth and even protect artificial teeth such as crowns, bridges, and partial dentures.
  • A Restoration For Root Canal – A dental crown can be used to protect the damaged portion of a tooth. Crowns protect the exposed tissue and prevent further damage so that you can continue to bite down on food without any problems.

How Is Dental Crown Treatment Performed?

Dental crown treatment is spread over a few days. Here are the steps carried out for a dental crown procedure.

First, the dentist will take an impression of your tooth through x-rays and shade the teeth, so the crown meets the shade of your smile. The dentist will file the outer layer of your teeth so that the crown can be fitted over it. 

Whilst the permanent crown is being prepared in the laboratory. The dentist will put a temporary crown in its place as it takes several weeks for this to complete.

Finally, in the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed once the permanent crown is prepared. The dentist will ensure a comfortable fit and ensure the crown meets your smile’s shade. The dentist will apply a local anesthetic if required, so you don’t feel any pain throughout the treatment. The cement will then harden to keep the crown firmly in its place.

Final Thoughts…

Consider a dental crown if you seek treatment to protect a decayed or damaged tooth. It is important that before you make any decision, you consult the dentist as they can determine whether your oral health is in a position to have a crown. Other options may also be discussed at your appointment.

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