Dental Crowns: When a cavity is TOO big

A dental crown can be made from gold, stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, porcelain, or other popular man-made materials.


Often times, a dental professional will alert a patient of a cavity and that a filling is needed. But, at that time the patient opts to not fix the cavity at that time because it doesn’t hurt. As dental professionals we see every day how that one person who wanted to “wait it out” will come back to the office 3 months later with a large chip in the tooth. Or worse, a totally broken tooth! Each costing thousands to fix.

A dental crown, or a cap, is placed when too much natural tooth structure has been destroyed or damaged. Think of it like a water leak, if you catch it early you may only need to patch up the drywall. However, if you ignore the leak you may end up replacing the support structure. Wouldn’t it have made sense to simply fix the leak when it was small?!


Dental crowns if properly cared for can last a lifetime, however, typically are replaced every 5-15 years. Factors that affect the longevity of a dental crown:

Your dental professional would never recommend a crown to you if you did not truly need it and unfortunately, the best thing for a patient is a dental crown. Dental crowns, depending on the area that you live in and insurance could cost anywhere from $600-$1500.


Dr. Owyoung Andrew Owyoung, DDS, has been providing comprehensive family dental care for 29 years to the Sacramento area. Widely considered a top dentist in Sacramento, the staff at Soft Touch Dentistry are equipped with the knowledge, experience, and equipment to deliver an unparalleled dental experience.

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