Most people are familiar with crowns — essentially ceramic or porcelain caps that cover an entire tooth to protect it. But let’s be honest: Your jaw’s going to drop when we tell you the price. Even with insurance, dental crowns can be expensive — in the range of $1,000 or more. You might be wondering what other options are available. It depends on your unique situation — essentially the condition of the tooth and its location in your mouth. But here’s a brief breakdown on dental crowns, fillings, and implants. Talk to your Cincinnati dentist about which works best for your dental needs and budget.
Dental Crowns Explained
As we mentioned, a dental crown is a metal or porcelain cap — essentially a prosthetic tooth that covers an existing tooth. We generally recommend it in case of extensive tooth damage in order to protect the tooth from further decay as well as maintain the quality of your bite. If there’s a gap from missing teeth, we might combine a crown with a bridge to cover the entire area using the crown to hold it in place. The beauty of crowns is they can protect weak teeth — essentially providing a suit of porcelain armor to protect it against the wear and tear of chewing.
Dental Implants — Like Having a New Tooth!
Dental implants are a common alternative to dental crowns but are also not cheap. They are typically used when there is no tooth at all or the tooth needs pulled. The process involves oral surgery. Your Cincinnati dentist will essentially screw a prosthetic tooth into your jawbone where it will permanently fuse in a process known as osseointegration. The result is very natural and healthy for your jawbone. Unlike bridges that may slip overtime, a dental implant is permanent and reliable. It’s pretty much like having a new tooth. Unlike dentures, you never have to remove a dental implant. You just brush and chew like normal. Most people can’t tell the difference.
Fillings — an Affordable Option When Damage is Minimal
We’ll always recommend fillings when we can because they are much more affordable. Fillings are used in relatively smaller cases of decay. First, we remove the decayed material. Next, we’ll clean the tooth. Finally, we’ll fill the tooth with some sort of resin composite — generally amalgam, porcelain, or gold.
For more serious cavities, sometimes we recommend a filling that is then covered by a crown.
How to Decide Which Dental Care Option is Right for You
Naturally, you’ll want to discuss your options with your Cincinnati dentist. The right choice depends on a number of factors, including:
- How decayed your teeth are
- Budget & Insurance Coverage
- Your preferred results
- Health issues
Since decay is usually the overriding factor when it comes to the right choice for your dental needs, we cannot stress enough the importance of regular dental care. Brush, floss, and see your Cincinnati dentist regularly. So many people avoid our office because of cost but then end up paying more when they have a dental emergency that may involve a root canal, dental crown, or an implant crown. That’s when dental care can really get expensive.
So if we haven’t seen you for a while, give us a call. We miss you!