Dental Crowns: Who needs them?
A dental crown, also sometimes known as dental cap, is a type of cosmetic dentistry fix wherein the remaining part of a broken or decayed tooth is covered. This is done for aesthetic purposes, and to restore the size, shape and functionality of the tooth. Dental crowns are also known as tooth caps or porcelain jackets.
Dental crowns become permanent once applied to the tooth. Unlike a dental filling, which as the name implies, only fills in a portion of the tooth, a dental crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.
Dental crowns can be made of different materials. The most common material is porcelain, and it is ideal for front teeth because it looks natural, and as such blends in easily. Dental crowns can also be made from metal alloy like gold and other precious or semi-precious metals, glass, ceramic or a combination of metal alloy and ceramic.
So, how do you know if you need a dental crown?
Here is a rundown of five dental situations which may require you to cap your tooth’s imperfections.
- You have a dental bridge. A dental bridge bridges gaps in between teeth. A dental crown helps secure it in place.
- You have weak tooth/teeth. A dental crown will hold parts of a cracked tooth together, and prevent it from completely breaking.
- You have discolored or misshaped teeth. A dental crown will help improve the appearance of unhealthy looking teeth.
- You had a root filling. Root filling seals the tooth after a root canal treatment. A dental crown helps protect that tooth.
- You have a severely broken tooth. A dental crown can help restore that tooth. This is especially applicable to children whose teeth aren’t fit for filling.
Cost of Dental Crowns
According to CostHelper.com, the cost of dental crown varies depending on the material it is made of; the size, location and extent of damage to the tooth; and of course, factors such as dentist’s professional fees, medications, and laboratory and clinic fees. It can range from $500 to $3,000 per tooth. While it can be covered by dental insurance, cosmetic motivations for getting dental crowns rule out that possibility.
United Medical Credit (UMC) offers dental crowns financing solutions for qualified patients. It recently increased the cap for dental loans, including dental crowns credit, to $50,000. Aside from dental crowns, it can also be used for other high-cost dental procedures such as gum surgery, root canals, contouring, reshaping, veneers, and even orthopedic braces.