A dental crown is a whole-tooth restoration that your dentist in Beachwood, OH, will use to cover a cracked, discolored completely, or otherwise damaged tooth, making it work like new. On the spectrum of dental repairs, a crown falls somewhere in the middle; it's more significant than a simple filling but less intensive than a dental implant.
Also, a crown may be part of a more extensive restoration like a dental bridge or even a denture, but in this case, we're referring to a stand-alone dental crown for single-tooth restoration. Whether you've had a root canal that requires a crown, or another treatment, the procedure for placing a dental crown is in itself uncomplicated.
So the main thing that will impact the cost of a new crown is how it's made.
Types of Dental Crowns
The type of crown Dr. Yoav Taub, DDS at Beachwood Smiles will depend mainly on which tooth is being crowned along with your priorities. For most people, the primary consideration with any dental restoration is appearance. Therefore, your new tooth should resemble your old tooth as much as possible to blend in with your smile.
However, as a simple smile in the mirror may reveal, many of your back teeth aren't visible most of the time. Because these teeth, or your molars, are responsible for much of the chewing and grinding of your food, they are subjected to the most force and are likely to wear out faster. So if longevity is just as important to you as looks, then you might choose a non-white metallic crown instead or one made of a porcelain and metal blend.
The Cost of Dental Crowns
In the cases of crowns for front teeth, Dr. Taub will likely recommend a ceramic crown, custom-made of the finest porcelain and fashioned to fit your smile seamlessly. This type of crown can vary in price range depending on your needs. Porcelain crowns are not as durable as metal crowns, but with advances in materials technology, they are improving every year.
Another option is a base-metal or gold alloy crown. This more traditional option is ideal for back teeth as the metal will not crack or wear down. However, these crowns look less natural and, especially in the case of a gold alloy, can be very expensive. But with proper care, they can last for a very long time.
Contact Our Beachwood Dentist Office to Learn More!
Don't let the cost of dental crowns prevent you from allowing our dentist in Beachwood to save your tooth. Contact Beachwood Smiles today at (216) 292-9920, and we can advise you on how best to restore your smile without breaking the bank.