Dental Crowns: Are They REALLY Worth the Cost?
One damaged or discolored tooth, especially if it’s in the front of your mouth, can really knock your confidence. More than that, however, your front teeth play critical roles in your life, and if they are damaged you can expect to find aspects of your health being affected.
The good news is you don’t have to suffer in silence any longer. Our dentist in North Delta BC can fit you with dental crowns for front teeth that are indistinguishable from your own natural teeth. This will make the world of difference to the way you feel when you’re interacting with people, especially in professional and social environments.
Let’s take a look at what dental crowns cost, and whether spending your hard-earned money on a front tooth crown is worth it.
What the Front Teeth Do
There are four types of teeth in our mouths. At the front, you have incisors and canines, which each have very specific functions. Most people have four incisors at the top and four at the bottom. The incisors have a sharp edge for biting, and we use them to ‘cut’ our food into chew able-sized pieces. The canines are the sharp, pointed teeth in the corners of the mouth. With two at the top and two at the bottom, these are used to grip and tear tough foods like meat.
Problems with Damaged or Missing Front Teeth
Any time you have a missing front tooth, you not only have problems smiling but it can affect your speech too. Many people find they “lisp” because their tongue sticks into the gap and prevents them from making clear, articulate sounds. A missing tooth anywhere in your mouth can cause your other teeth to become loose and shift, which results in changes to your bite, potential damage to surrounding teeth and other health concerns. Even if a front tooth is only damaged, however, it can be ultra-sensitive to heat or cold, or it can develop gum infections that spread toxins throughout your system.
Solving Damaged Front Teeth
A damaged front tooth can be solved by fitting it with crown. The dental crown procedure usually happens over a couple of appointments, because the tooth being fitted needs to be prepared properly. Our dentist in North Delta BC will take impressions of your mouth and fit a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent crown to be made. In some cases you might need a root canal treatment before the crown can be fitted. We’ll be able to tell you during the first appointment if you’re suitable for same-day CAD/CAM dentistry, which helps to make dental crowns affordable.
Dental Crowns Cost
The cost of dental crowns depend on what part of Canada you live in, as well as the type of crown you choose. For example, porcelain crowns cost more than gold crowns, which are in turn more expensive than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. On average, a crown ranges from $800 to $1700 or more per crown. A percentage of the cost may be covered by your health insurance, so check before you make your final decision.
It sounds like a lot of money to spend on one or two artificial teeth, but the fact is crowns can protect your oral health as well as your overall health, while giving you the confidence to be yourself – every single day.
For more information on dental crowns or to book an appointment with our dentist in North Delta BC, please contact 604-593-7866 today.