Dental crowns are replicas of natural teeth, and can be placed over a compromised or cosmetically blemished tooth to cap it. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and metal, depending on the nature and severity of the damage. Capping a tooth with a crown protects the tooth from the intense pressures of biting and chewing, and when crafted from lifelike dental porcelain, can improve the tooth’s appearance, as well.

Because teeth cannot repair themselves, issues like tooth wear, chips, cracks, fractures, and breaks only grow worse with time. A dental crown’s most common purpose is to protect the tooth by completely covering it and absorbing the pressure of your bite allowing you to retain the tooth without it suffering more extensive injury.

If you’ve lost a tooth, then your dentist or prosthodontist can provide a combination implant and crown by replacing the lost tooth root with a dental implant and then capping the implant with a lifelike dental crown. Compared to a dental bridge, an implant and crown offers a more lifelike solution, with the added benefit of not needing to modify neighboring teeth for support.

What is the cost of a crown?

The average cost of a dental crown ranges between $900 and $2500 or higher, depending on the dentist, and they are typically covered only at 50% plus the deductible by dental insurance. But with a general dentist in Doctors Network, the cost is only $500.