Dental Crowns FAQ in Toronto, ON
What are dental crowns?
Crowns are covers or caps placed over damaged teeth or dental implants to restore normal appearance and function. Crowns are custom designed and crafted to fit precisely in your mouth and look indistinguishable from your natural teeth. A dental crown can be placed over a damaged tooth to preserve and protect it when a filling is insufficient. Dental crowns can also be placed over implant posts to replace missing teeth.
Dental crowns are made in a dental laboratory based on impressions of your mouth and digital imaging. They may be metal, porcelain, ceramic, or plastic resins. The different materials each have their own advantages and disadvantages, which Dr. Firouzeh or Dr. Ashkhazi will review with you at your appointment.
How much do dental crowns cost?
The cost of dental crowns varies depending on several factors, including the material used, the tooth’s size and location, and the procedure’s complexity. Because the crown is created in a dental lab, there is a separate charge from the lab. Their fees will vary depending on the materials used, the shading needed, and the complexity of the crown itself. Luma Dental works with only the finest dental laboratories to ensure a perfectly crafted crown every time.
We base our dental crown pricing on the Ontario Dental Association’s Fee Guide. Your price will vary depending on the variables mentioned above.
How long do dental crowns last?
The life span of a dental crown is affected by the material it is made from and wear and tear. A porcelain crown can last up to 20 years, with porcelain over gold lasting even longer. Ceramic crowns usually last 15 to 20 years.
To ensure the long life of your dental crowns, avoid crunching ice and take good care of your teeth and gums. We recommend a twice-yearly dental checkup and cleaning for all your teeth.
Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?
No, a crown is made of impermeable material that cannot decay. When it is placed over an existing tooth, it protects it from further decay. However, if you neglect proper oral care and routine dental cleanings, you could develop tooth decay in adjoining natural teeth or in the root below the gum line. This is rare, and it should not be an issue if you brush and floss regularly.
How to Clean Dental Crowns?
Crowns are easy to keep clean with regular oral hygiene. Floss one a day and brush twice daily, paying particular attention to cleaning between your teeth and crowns. Make sure you brush down to the gum line. If you give your crowns the same care and attention you give your natural teeth, they can last anywhere from 10-30 years.
If you need a dental crown to repair or protect a damaged tooth, contact us at 416-778-8084 to schedule an appointment.