Dentists commonly recommend dental crowns to strengthen weak teeth. To clarify, in the absence of a crown, the weak tooth is at higher risk of fracturing. A Dentist will commonly recommend a dental crown under a few circumstances:
- Following root canal treatment.
- A tooth has broken and lost a chewing cusp (cusps are the sometimes round, sometimes sharp “bumps” of enamel on back teeth).
- A tooth has many cracks and is likely to split.
Dental Crowns in Kitchener: How do crowns help?
A dental crown acts like a helmet to encase your weak tooth. A dental lab can make the crown from porcelain or from metal alloys, including gold. A tooth with a crown on it can withstand much greater forces before breaking. These teeth are also more fracture-resistant.
Dental Crowns in Kitchener: How much do crowns cost?
A dental crown costs roughly $1,000 – $1,200. This varies with the material that a dental lab uses to make your crown. If you have dental insurance, they may cover dental crowns. The most common dental plans that cover crown placement will do so at a 50% rate. Thus, patients often pay a $500 – $600 co-payment on a single dental crown. Where a patient and their partner both have dental benefits, their insurance may cover a dental crown at 100%. If you are pursuing dental crowns in Kitchener, reach out to your local Dentist for a cost estimate.
Dental crowns strengthen and reinforce weak teeth. Importantly, this minimizes risk of fracture and increases tooth longevity. Tooth loss and replacement is a time-consuming and expensive process. Timely placement of a necessary dental crown can prevent need for such procedures. It is important to gather cost estimates and insurance pre-determinations in advance of treatment where possible. This will help you to know what to expect cost-wise and avoid unpleasant surprises.
Thank you for reading this week!
By Dr. Kyle Hornby, Kitchener Family Dentist
Our Kitchener Dental Clinic is centrally located in downtown Kitchener and provide dentistry to Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Breslau, Elmira and surrounding areas.
This article is meant to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Kitchener Dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a dental condition or treatment.