Understanding the Basics
Dental crowns are coverings applied over the tooth’s surface, and may be made of ceramic, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), resin, or metal, including gold. Dental crowns are also useful in patients who grind their teeth or have bite problems, addressing the stressed area and stabilizing it to prevent damage. Dental crowns usually require 2 to 3 visits to your dentist, depending upon the health of the tooth receiving the crown. Today’s health insurance, including your dental plan, is designed to help you get the care you need at a reasonable cost. If you cannot afford a dentist, or are not covered by dental insurance, go to a dental school clinic, where dentists in training work on your teeth. I think they also offer periodic cleaning at reduced rates as well, by dental hygienists in training.