The FAQs About Dental Crowns


More people are now turning to dental crowns to achieve that beautiful natural smile they desire. Between now and 2028, dental crown procedures will rise by as much as 7%.

A dental crown procedure isn’t new, but if you haven’t had one before, you’ve probably got some questions. So read on as we provide the answers to the most commonly asked questions about dental crowns. 

Is It Expensive?

Expect to pay between $500 and $3000 for a crown. The price you pay will depend on where you live, the reputation of the dental clinic, and the treatment complexity. Head here for specific pricing:

The complexity concerns whether the crown needs to fit over a heavily broken tooth and whether you need a local or general anesthetic (or sedation). 

Another factor to consider is the finish. Types of crowns include metal, gold, or white porcelain. The most expensive is porcelain, but as it’s close to the natural color of teeth, it offers the best cosmetic finish. 

Is the Procedure Painful? 

A crown fitting typically happens with a local anesthetic. Hence, it’s not painful for the average patient. However, some patients dislike the pain of the anesthetic injection at the start of the procedure.

After, you may experience some soreness and tenderness for a few days, and your dentist may advise on a special diet to avoid irritating the area. But in general, the procedure is not a painful one. 

How Long Does the Procedure Take? 

A dental crown takes around an hour, but if the dentist needs to prepare the tooth first (for example, to clear a cavity and remove decay), it may take up to an hour and a half. 

Usually, a dental crown happens over two appointments around two weeks apart. The dentist fits a temporary crown during the first visit and takes the mold to construct the shape for the permanent crown.

The second appointment is shorter –  around an hour – when the dentist fits the permanent crown. 

How Long Will a Dental Crown Last? 

Modern dental crowns are strong and will last long with care and good dental hygiene, but they will not last forever.

On average, a porcelain crown’s lifespan is approximately 15 years. After that point, or if you chip or damage them, a dentist will replace the crown with a new one. 

Always look after a dental crown with as much care as a natural tooth. 

Are There Alternatives? 

There are similar dental treatments to crowns, and depending on your dental issue, some of these might be feasible. That includes veneers, inlays, and onlays. Always check the pros and cons of each treatment. 

You can remove the weak tooth and get a dental implant for heavily damaged teeth (including decay at the root). 

Are Dental Crowns Right for You?

There’s a long history of success with dental crowns. And modern dental treatment and crown fittings mean you’ll achieve a long-lasting natural look from a dental crown. So why not book your treatment today?

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