Is it Worth it to Get Dental Crowns?
When you’re considering any dental procedure or device, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have a dental procedure is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of getting a dental crown. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Dental Crowns: the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential dental procedure with your own dentist.
Any procedure has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. With a dental crown, many people will experience tooth sensitivity following the placement. The tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold, or to biting or other pressure. The sensitivity often goes away after several weeks, but in some cases it may be permanent.
There is removal of tooth structure, possibly including healthy tooth tissue, in order to place the crown. This permanently alters the tooth, and it will not be able to function without a crown again. If the crown breaks or is damaged, a new crown will need to be placed. Crowns are not intended to last forever; while the amount of time it lasts depends on the type of crown you choose, your crown will eventually need to be replaced, possibly multiple times in your lifetime.
Other risks are related to the placement of the crown. If decayed tooth tissue is not adequately removed prior to crown placement, or if bacteria are trapped under the crown, then the tooth below the crown will decay. When the enamel is removed to place the crown, if it’s made too thin or perforated, there may be damage to the nerve inside the tooth; a root canal may be necessary if this happens. If the crown is not shaped properly, then the crown may lead to problems with the alignment of the bite, possibly causing jaw problems such as TMJ. All of these risks can be reduced by carefully choosing a good dentist.
There could be several reasons for choosing a dental crown. If a tooth has been damaged (for instance, the tooth has broken, or has been damaged during a root canal), then a crown can be used to restore the tooth’s appearance and functionality. It may provide an alternative to extracting a tooth with severe damage. If one tooth is much different in size or shape than the others, then the bite may be misaligned, potentially causing jaw problems; crowning that tooth may be able to correct the bite. A crown may also be used on top of a dental implant, as an artificial tooth; in this case, the benefit would be the replacement of the missing tooth.
A crown may also be used for purely aesthetic reasons. For instance, a tooth that’s discolored, misshapen, too small, chipped or cracked may be unattractive and causing the confidence problems of an imperfect smile. A crown can enhance the smile by fixing that tooth. While it’s possible to crown every tooth in order to get a whiter and more even smile, veneers would likely be a better choice for most people in that situation; crowns are usually only chosen in situations where there are just one or a few teeth that need to be fixed.
The cost of a dental crown is around $500 to $3,000 per tooth, depending on the type of crown you choose. In some situations, insurance may cover part of this cost. The cost also varies between dentists and in different regions, so check with the dentist you’re considering to find out the exact price. For more detail, please visit our Dental Crowns Cost page.