What is a dental crown?

A dental crown procedure is used to protect a damaged tooth, add strength and durability. Dental crown cost varies depending on the types of dental crowns used and the size and formation of the crown. A crown or a “cap” is a covering for a tooth. Crowns can also be used as a cosmetic dentistry element to improve the overall look of a person’s smile.

There are primarily two types of dental crowns. Most crowns today are made from porcelain for a more natural appearance. The shade of the crown is matched to your current tooth shade or can be made lighter if you are planning to whiten your teeth. Crowns can also be made of gold.

What are the benefits of a crown?

Patients have crowns placed on their teeth for various reasons. We recommend crowns:

  • To provide strength and stabilization to a tooth that has received a root canal.
  • For teeth with large amounts of decay – and that are cleaned or hollowed out to remove the decay (which leaves a more fragile tooth in need of the support of the crown).
  • When there are signs of breakage due to clenching or grinding of teeth.
  • For broken or fractured teeth.
  • When patients want a more pleasing smile and the existing tooth is pitted or not well formed.
  • When a partial denture is placed.

What does a dental crown cost?

The cost of the crown procedure is directly related to the work that needs to be done to prepare the tooth and the area, and is based on the type of crown material (porcelain or gold) used. We will provide a cost estimate for you, and your dental health care insurer if you have covered by a dental plan, prior to beginning the work.

What to expect for your Dental Crown Procedure?

The procedure to repair your tooth with a crown takes two appointments.

During the first appointment we prepare your tooth by removing any damaged tooth surface, reinforce tooth strength with a core build up, and refine any gum tissue that may be damaged.

If the crown is needed following a Root Canal surgery or treatment, then we will also place a post that is made of fiberglass inside the core for extra stability and support. Once the tooth has been shaped to fit the new crown, we will take impressions to be sent to our dental laboratory to begin custom fabrication of your crown. Before you leave our office, we will place a temporary crown on your prepared tooth to protect it in the interim.

The second visit is usually a shorter visit than the first. At the second visit, we

  • remove your temporary crown,
  • check for shape and colour,
  • place the permanent crown on your tooth,
  • ensure the fit feels right, and
  • cement in your permanent custom-made crown.

What is it like after I get my crown?

Following your crown placement, the tooth may be slightly sensitive for one to two weeks. This is the result of the work done in that area. Afterward, we have been told that some patients say that they feel more confident with their new crown when eating, smiling and talking.

How long will my crown last?

Crowns are made of very strong material and generally last for 10 years or longer if you take good care of them.  They must be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth, and will be checked at each of your dental checkups to make sure they are in good shape.

Will it need any special care?

A crown covers the portion of the tooth that is above the gum line but you must protect the base of the crown from future bacterial growth and gum disease. Brushing, flossing and hygiene visits to the Altitude Dental office on a regular basis will ensure your oral health and help to keep your crown for many years to come.

If you think you need a dental crown or if you need to have a dental exam, please contact our Couitlam office to book an appointment.