Like most Canadians, we agree beautiful teeth are essential today. But let’s not stress about it, we can act on getting whiter teeth anytime. People know aesthetic is seen as a sure symbol of health, charm and success.
Why get a dental crown?
An example often used to understand what a dead tooth does in our mouth is that of a dead branch on a tree. The branch appears to look solid, but it is emptied of its essence (sap) and can break at any moment, creating more damage to the rest of the tree.
Setting a dental crown will preserve a damaged tooth, but it will also protect the dental structure of the jaw. A devitalized tooth that is not protected by a crown will break up bit by bit until the dentist will be prompted to remove it completely.
Dental crowns also help limit problems that can cascade to other healthy teeth. Indeed, a diseased tooth, if it is not protected by a dental crown, can damage other teeth, much like a spreading flu in the body.
The cost of a crown is a main concern during a visit to the dental clinic. Statistics show that only 39% of Quebecers over 45 years old have insurance to cover dental expenses. This figure rises to 61% in the rest of the country for the same age group. However, a dental crown fitting is vital to your oral health and may help you avoid the costs of repair, extraction or a dental implant in the future.
In average, more than 40 million Americans need to replace one or more teeth, that accounts for 1 in 3 adults. In 2005, a survey was conducted to determine the frequency of treatments provided by general dentists and hygienists per month. The study indicates a total of 6 crown treatments monthly, for a total of 72 per year among dentists.
When should you get a dental crown?
It is highly recommended to visit the dentist at least twice a year for cleaning and consultation. At that appointment, the dentist will tell you if you have damaged teeth that require a dental crown.
There is no minimum age for getting a dental crown, its simply sufficient that a tooth is damaged enough through decay, too much wear, or it is just plain broken. According to the Canadian Dental Association, the first visit to a dentist for a child should occur within 6 months after the appearance of the first tooth or at the age of one. It is rare that a cavity appears at this very young age, but the dentist can detect other dental problems.
When you break your tooth or its natural structure is damaged following a cavity for example, your dentist will most probably offer to make you a dental crown. The dental crown is an artificial hollow tooth (prosthesis) covering the damaged tooth to protect against external damages. It acts as a shell and is the visible part of the tooth.
The dental crown can be made in the case where the tooth is broken, damaged, discoloured, worn or fragile.
Types of dental crowns
There are 4 types of crowns: ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, gold alloys and base metal alloys crowns.
1- Ceramic — These are used for restoring front teeth, and are popular in this area for their ability to blend with your natural tooth color. The crown is made of a porcelain-based material.
2- Porcelain-fused to metal – This crown provides a stronger bond than regular porcelain because it is connected to a metal structure. It’s also extremely durable.
3- Gold alloys – This crown is a mix of gold, copper and other metals. In addition to providing a strong bond to the tooth, it doesn’t fracture, nor does it wear away the tooth itself.
4- Base metal alloys – This crown is made up of non-noble metals that are highly resistant to corrosion, and make for a very strong crown. It also requires the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed prior to fitting.
Each type of crown has advantages and disadvantages. The dentist is the best person to give you advice about this.
Single or on a post?
The simple dental crown encircles the tooth to protect it, like a shell. However, when the tooth is too damaged, the practitioner proceeds with a crown to be fixed on a post, a metal rod that provides an anchor for the core.
This method consists of placing an inlay-core intermediate part to be attached to the root of the tooth. After a preliminary intervention, the crown is then set on the intermediate inlay-core.
How a dental crown is set
First, the dentist administers a local anesthetic. He then shapes part of the tooth to make room for the crown by the milling operation. Next, the dentist takes an impression of the chipped tooth and the neighboring teeth. This imprint will be used to produce a custom dental crown perfectly suited to your mouth. The dentist places a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. During a next appointment, the dentist will set your permanent dental crown on your tooth.
Side effects of a new crown
It’s possible to feel a bit of pain after the placement of a dental crown. Sometimes, the gum can grow on the tooth and that may cause a little pain after installation. Some people may experience a feeling of compression where the crown is fixed but it should be temporary. Thus, the installation of a dental crown is generally painless.
How much is a crown?
Treatment for the placement of a dental crown can cost between $ 1,200 and $ 2,000. The amounts depend on the type of crown, the age and the damage on the tooth. With good dental hygiene, a dental crown usually lasts more than 10 years.
It is important to consult your dentist and perform an examination to fully determine what type of crown would suit you best.
To prevent a tooth mishap and to get the crown that’s right for you, make an appointment with dentist Dr. David Côté today! Call us at 819 770-3636 or via our contact page: contact