BEST Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

An esthetic yet functional restorative treatment for your smile!

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown, also called a dental cap, is a fabricated prosthesis that is placed over an existing tooth to provide protection, function, and esthetics.

Because of the work involved with shaping and fitting a crown, the cost of having a crown placed typically starts around the $1200 price point. When it is deemed that a crown is medically necessary for your oral health, your dental insurance should cover the costs of the procedure.

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Why Do I Need a Crown?

Depending on the amount of decay or damage, the tooth might not be salvageable, in which case a dental implant might be the better option for tooth replacement.

There are advantages to either treatment course; the cost of a dental implant … Click to open this link in the same window … is more expensive than a crown, but they typically last longer than crowns.

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Types of Dental Crowns
  • Full metal — This type of crown is usually the most cost-effective and longest-lasting. Gold is the most commonly used metal which is very gentle on the opposing teeth. If esthetics are a concern, this is not the crown to choose.

  • Porcelain fused to metal — This type of porcelain crown combines the strength of metalcore with the esthetics of porcelain overlay. By adding the porcelain to the metal it allows color matching of the surrounding teeth.

  • Full porcelain — This type of porcelain crown is the most esthetically pleasing but maybe the most costly as well. Because there is no metal used, it can reflect light better and produce a more lifelike result. This type of crown may not be suitable for people who grind their teeth heavily.

Before and After Results for Porcelain Dental Crowns

There are many ways that you can deal with cracked or broken teeth.

A porcelain dental crown is a great option to help repair your smile. The results of a porcelain crown can be quite dramatic and beautiful, especially porcelain crowns for the front teeth. These before and after pictures of some of our porcelain crown patients help to show how effective dental crowns can be.

The before and after of a patient who underwent dental crown treatment
The before and after of a patient who underwent dental crown treatment
Dr. Kristy Gretzula explaining dental crowns to a woman sitting in the dentist's chair

Precautions for Temporary Crowns

What you need to know.

Porcelain bridges may mimic natural tooth esthetics very nicely, because the Temporary dental crowns are made of acrylic or a similar material. They are placed to protect the prepared tooth and prevent the bite from changing while waiting for the permanent crown. Here are some guidelines to help keep your temporary crown in place:

  • Always avoid sticky or hard foods with temporary crowns, and try to avoid chewing on the side with the temporary crown.
  • Brush and keep the tooth clean with floss. Try to pull the floss out of the side of the tooth to prevent dislodging the crown.

Some people may experience tooth sensitivity, especially to temperature. Be sure to call your dentist should the temporary crown come off.

Dental Crowns FAQ

Dr. Gretzula shares her knowledge.

  • How Are Crowns Placed?

    First visit — The dentist will usually administer a local anesthetic (Novocain) and shape the existing tooth that is to support the crown. A mold (impression) is made of the prepared tooth as well as the adjacent and opposing teeth. This ensures that the crown will fit the other teeth properly. A temporary crown will be placed over the prepared tooth until the permanent one is ready.

    Second visit — The dentist may administer local anesthetic. The dentist removes the temporary crown and cleans the tooth. The fit and color are checked, and an X-ray … Click to open this link in the same window … may be taken to ensure the fit between the teeth and below the gum is correct. The crown is then cemented with durable, long-lasting cement. The new crown may feel strange at first, or the tooth may feel slightly sensitive. These feelings should subside within a week after the mouth adapts to the new crown.

  • How Long Does a Crown Last?

    The life expectancy of a crown is 5-15 years, depending on several factors. Crowns may need to be replaced for a number of reasons, such as chipping the crown, wear on the crown or decay around the crown. Remember to care for the crown the way you’d care for the rest of the teeth. Crowned teeth are still prone to gum disease … Click to open this link in the same window … and decay and should be brushed and flossed daily.

  • How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost in CT?

    Generally speaking, dental crowns cost between $1000 – $2000, depending on the location of the tooth, materials used, and other specific factors.

    For example, porcelain crown costs differ from the cost of a full metal crown. And a crown for one of your molars might cost more – or less – than a front tooth crown costs. So if you’re searching Google for “porcelain crowns cost front teeth” just know that the only way to get an accurate price is to talk with your dentist.

    We often speak to patients who are wondering how the cost of dental crowns in CT compares to the rest of the country. The cost of dental crowns in Stratford, CT, is on par with the nationwide average.

    Everyone’s teeth are different, and the only way to definitively answer how much a dental crown costs is first to schedule an exam so Dr. Gretzula … Click to open this link in the same window … can recommend the best course of treatment for you.

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