Glendale Dental Crown Dentist: The True Cost of Dental Crowns

Dental Crown costs can be something you didn’t bargain for. However, not all cases are the same. Here’s what you need to know before you visit the dentist.

Using a Dental Crown is one of the best ways to restore severely damaged teeth. A dental crown is a cap placed over the portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line. Once cemented in place it becomes the tooth’s new outer surface, restoring its shape size, and strength. In contrast to a filling which simply plugs a hole, dental crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance.

A dental crown may be used to protect a weak tooth, keeping it from breaking. It can also hold together parts of a cracked tooth or restore an already broken tooth. If a tooth is worn down, a dental crown can build it back. Sometimes crowns are used on teeth that have large fillings, because teeth with large fillings aren’t as sound. In fact, chewing pressure on a large filling can cause it to act as a wedge cracking the surrounding tooth enamel. A crown can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place. Dental crowns can also be used to cap misshaped, misaligned severely discolored teeth or a dental implant.

Our Glendale dental crown dentists say that permanent crowns can be made from a range of materials with different trade offs. They can be all ceramic, all porcelain, all resin, all metal, or porcelain fused to metal.

All resin crowns are the least expensive. They can be readily made to match your other teeth so they look very natural. They don’t tend to wear down opposing teeth but are more likely to chip or break compared to other crown choices. They will wear down themselves over time. If you don’t have dental insurance, this is an economical choice in dental crowns.

The classic crown is the gold tooth, but no metals used in dental work are pure. They are alloys, metals combined by blending to get the right combination of malleability durability. Precious metals used in crowns include gold, platinum and palladium. Other combinations include those of base metals such as nickel and cobalt. Precious metals are easier to work with but base metal crowns are the least expensive. Unfortunately bases metal crowns can cause an allergic reaction in a small portion of the population so if cost is no object precious metal crowns are the better choice. Compared with other crown types, less tooth structure needs to be removed to install a metal crown. Tooth wear to opposing teeth is minimized while metal crowns last longer because they withstand biting and chewing forces well. Also, metal crowns rarely chip or break. The main drawback to metal crowns is their obvious metallic color, but their durability makes them a great choice for back of the mouth molars where few people beyond your dentist will notice them.

Unlike metallic crowns dental crowns made of porcelain-fused-to-metal can be color matched to your adjacent teeth making them look nearly as natural as ceramic or porcelain crowns. Because porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are harder than metal or resin crowns more wearing to the opposing teeth occurs. The porcelain portion of the crown can also chip off. Also, especially if your gums recede, the metal under the porcelain part of the crown can start to show as a dark line. These crowns are an option to consider for front or back teeth.

Porcelain is one of several types of ceramics used by itself in a dental crown. Feldspathic porcelain is most commonly used, but other options include the Empress, Lava, and Zirconia, These provide the best color match for adjacent crowns compared to other types of crowns, however, they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and they wear down opposing teeth a little more than metal or resin crowns. All ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth. 

Temporary dental crowns are temporary tool caps made of acrylic or stainless steel which can be made at the Dental Circle as a way to offer quick pain relief. Permanent crowns are made in a dental laboratory. If you need a crown and use a mouth guard to prevent tooth grinding, be sure to bring it in it so the lab can match the shape of your crown to the surface of the mouth guard.