At our New York area cosmetic dentistry practice, helping patients maintain beautiful, healthy smiles is our number one priority. Unfortunately, many patients suffer from chipped, decayed, damaged, or discolored teeth. For these patients, our dentists offer a number of restorative dentistry options. One of these options is a dental crown. A dental crown is a porcelain restoration that is placed over the entire surface of a tooth in order to restore strength to the affected area, and mask damage such as chips, cracks, or stains. Unlike veneers, which are bonded to the front of the teeth, dental crowns completely encase the tooth. This not only protects the tooth from further damage, but also provides an aesthetically pleasing look. Made of a strong porcelain material, dental crowns mimic the properties of natural teeth, in appearance and function.
What to Expect
The process of placing dental crowns requires several steps. First, we begin preparing the tooth, which involves eliminating any existing decay and any old filling, as well as a small amount of enamel to make room for the crown. Then, our dentists use 3-D imaging with a laser scanner in order to get accurate representation of the preparation. Usually, the porcelain crown is designed and made while the patient waits, then bonded in place. The entire procedure can be completed in about 2 hours. Making the crown the same day eliminates the need for the patient to return for a second appointment and having to wear a temporary crown for 2 to 3 weeks. At times, a tooth may have certain needs that requires the crown be made in the laboratory with other materials, which cannot be milled in the office. With our dentists' experience, he knows what materials and technique is best for each individual situation.
A dental crown's materials and treatment can cost between $1,000-$1,500 per tooth. Dental insurance generally covers a portion of this cost. Our billing coordinator will work with the patient and the insurance to determine the appropriate coverage.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,000 - $1,500
- How Long It Takes
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Dental Crown FAQs
Dental Crown Benefits?
Dental crowns offer several benefits for patients who have teeth that have been weakened by decay or trauma. For individuals who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth due to chips, cracks, or stains, dental crowns are an effective way to mask those imperfections. Today's dental crowns are made of porcelain, which is both strong and natural-looking.
Other Material Options?
Dental crowns can be made of several materials including porcelain, zirconium, porcelain fused to metal, and gold. Patients are encouraged to discuss the options with our dentists to determine the best crown material for their specific needs and aesthetic goals.
Will It Last?
Just like real teeth, dental crowns can last a long time with a good hygiene routine. With proper care, dental crowns can last up to 15 or 20 years.
Not all patients will require a root canal before getting a dental crown. However, in some cases, endodontic work will be required before placing a crown into its final position. If the tooth shows continued signs of pain to hot, cold and/or pressure, a root canal may be recommended.