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What are Tooth Crowns and Caps
The tooth has two parts, the root and the crown. In a person with healthy gums and bone, the root of the tooth is covered by gums and bone. The part of the tooth that is visible in the mouth is called the clinical crown. A cemented restoration that completely or partially covers the outside of the clinical crown is referred to as a dental crown or cap.
When is it time for a crown?
- to protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- hold a dental bridge in place
- cover a dental implant
- cover a tooth treated with root canal
- restore a broken tooth or severely worn down tooth
- cover and support a tooth with a large filling and not much tooth remaining
What is commonly involved with the procedure?
A dental impression is made of a prepared tooth by the dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown may be seated at the next dental appointment. This indirect method of tooth restoration allows for casting metal or the firing of porcelain which would not be possible inside the mouth. X-rays are taken of the tooth and bone around it to look for decay or if a risk of infection exists. A root canal may be necessary prior to placement. Due to the aesthetic benefits and expansion properties, may patients have their crown fabricated with gold.
Are crowns expensive?
Porcelain crowns are generally the most expensive, followed by gold and then porcelain-fused to metal. Cost can range from $800 to $1500 or more per crown.
RMT covers crowns at 100% with a five year replacement rule.
EBT covers at 50% for most plans with major coverage with replacement every five years, with exception to Diocese of Seattle with seven years replacement.