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Dental Crowns

You just found out that you need a dental crown. What is a dental crown and what does it involve? What should you expect to pay and do you have any other alternatives?

A dental crown is a cap that covers an entire tooth and gives protection, strength or improved appearance to a damaged tooth. Most crowns are shaped like the original tooth and porcelain or ceramic crowns are colored to match your surrounding teeth so that they are hardly visible. Gold crowns or other metals are often more durable, but do not look as good. Generally, you should prefer ceramic or porcelain crowns for front teeth. If you have a good dentist, he will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Typically, your dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown fitting and take an impression. Crowns are usually made at a dentistry lab, so you will have to return later for the fitting. Crowns are usually cemented to your tooth or bonded with an adhesive.

Expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,000 for each crown. Of course, these prices can vary widely depending on the type of crown you choose. Most dental insurance plans will help you with at least part of the cost. Just like natural teeth, dental crowns last much longer if you take good care of them. In general, you should expect a crown to last for 5 to 15 years.