All crowns are virtually the same in that they cover the entire tooth above the gumline. The difference lies in the myriad of materials that crowns can be made of. Porcelain fused to gold, as well as all ceramic crowns dominate modern prosthodontics, but no one material is best for every situation. Prosthodontists are experts at determining which material your particular tooth requires.
Dental crowns typically take two visits. One visit to prepare the tooth, take a mould and to make a temporary crown and a second visit to seat or bond the crown to the tooth. It takes laboratory time to make each crown by hand and during the few weeks between appointments, you will wear a temporary or provisional acrylic crown. Crowns can be made in one day by machine but the result isn’t the same as if it were made by skilled hands in the laboratory. Keep in mind that if you need multiple crowns, the procedure is more complicated and may require more visits.
You can expect to be relatively pain free during your dental crown procedure because your tooth will be completely anesthetized.
Dental crowns can cost up to $2000 per tooth. When comparing dental crown costs between general dentists and those of a prosthodontist one can expect to pay a higher fee in a specialist office. The most expensive dental work that patients pay is work that has to be done twice, so be careful in choosing crowns based on initial costs alone.
Dental crowns bonded to natural teeth are very strong and can be expected to last 10 to 15 years before they need replacement. However, just like natural teeth, crowns can crack and chip which could shorten their lifespan. Clenching or grinding your teeth can create a risk of fracture if you don’t wear a night guard.