What is a crown?
It's a tooth-shaped "cap" placed over a tooth to help it get back to its original strong state and health. It also helps improve its appearance. It gets cemented or bonded into place to fully encase the visible portion of the tooth. Crowns are very strong and extremely difficult to remove, even by the dentist.
Why do I need a crown?
If a large part of your tooth is broken and needs a filling, a better solution is the crown as a filling doesn't offer the protection that a crown does. Fillings also potentially can cause a tooth to crack and break, over long term use.
What is a crown made of?
At QC Dental, we generally make all ceramic crowns, particularly in a ceramic called "e.max". There are full metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns which we can also make.
How long does the process take and how many dentist trips?
The crowning process usually takes two trips to the dentist. The first appointment is to prepare the tooth, take a model of it and place a temporary crown. The second appointment is to cement the finished crown into place.
In between, a dental laboratory will fabricate the crown.
How long does the treatment take?
The first appointment usually takes around 60 minutes.
The second appointment can be around 30 minutes.
How much does a crown cost?
The costs of a crown will depend on your particular situation. The average cost is $1400 per crown depending on the type. A portion of the cost is covered by your private health cover, if you have major dental cover.
How do I look after my crown?
Treat it as every other tooth. Brush and floss it!