A mid-aged chick about cosmetic dentistry

Dental crown – Is it worth destroying your teeth for it?

For most of us a tooth crown sounds like something painful. Why would anyone like to install some crowns on teeth? How come that tooth crowns cost so much? Here is some info in case you wonder:

What is a dental crown?

So what is a tooth crown? In general dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are placed over the teeth – covering them to restore their shape and size, strength, and to improve their appearance.


How is the dental crown procedure done?

First of all your teeth, that are to be crowned are filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the dental crowns.

After reshaping the tooth, your dentist will use a special paste to make an impression of the tooth. These impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where the crowns are manufactured. Getting a dentistry crown back from the laboratory usually takes at least a week.

During the tooth crown procedure, these teeth crowns are cemented into place by using a special dental adhesive for crowns. After the dentist crown installation, the over-floating dental crown cement is removed. I can tell you, this is quite an unpleasant procedure (Iknow this by experience).

Sometimes a temporary dental crown is needed, that is constructed from a chemical-cure composite material that allows easy removal when fitting the final crown on tooth. These temporary crowns are replaced later by permanent tooth crowns that are constructed by a dental laboratory.

In some cases a so called root canal crown is installed in order to give the tooth additional strength. Yes, you can pretty much state that root canal and crown is a very often experienced combination.

It is very usual to experience dental crown pain after this dental practice, but usually it disappears after some days as you get used to it.


What kind of materials can crowns be made of?

Permanent crowns can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic. Applying golden or titanium inner layer is quite usual too in order to prevent allergic gum reactions to metal. Some people prefer having full gold tooth crown or nickel or chromium crowns for teeth. Basically you can choose from a wide selection, such as porcelain crowns, cerec crowns, zirconium crowns, procera crowns and ceramic crowns, that can make the cost of dental crown pretty high.

How much do dental crowns cost?

As mentioned before, the dental crown cost depends on the material used. A simple porcelain crown is much cheaper than a gold crown tooth for example, but on the other hand who is willing to get a gold dental crown nowadays? No ordinary person with an ordinary life, I believe. For some of us, the tooth crown cost is just too much and therefore we choose having the decayed tooth extracted instead. Remember that you’ll always pay more for a zirconia / zirconuim crown or procera crown, than a porcelain bonded crown such as porcelain jacket crown, or other all ceramic crowns. These dentist crowns are all very expensive, but you shouldn’t only choose after the cost of a crown, but make sure that you take eventual allergies into consideration too.

In case you wonder, read more about crowns and bridges here.


To me, filing down your teeth means a total damage that you are doing, and makes this procedure completely irreversible. This is why I wonder: Is it worth destroying your teeth for it? Do you have any experience with tooth crowns?