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Update: June 2, 2024 | Author: Dr. Ronald Pham | Publish: May 23, 2024

How Many Dental Crowns Can You Have?

Dental crowns are a popular way to restore smiles! They protect and fix damaged teeth, helping you eat and speak confidently.

Wondering how many crowns can you have? That’s a great question. This question will help you make informed choices about your oral health.

In this guide, Restoration Dental OC will cover the factors. These factors affect the number of crowns a person can have. In addition, we’ll cover the alternatives and procedures and the costs and risks of dental crowns.

How Many Dental Crowns Are Too Many?

There is no set limit on the number of crowns a person can have. It depends on individual circumstances. This includes oral health, decay or damage, and cosmetic goals.

However, it’s important to note that having too many crowns on the front teeth may raise aesthetic concerns.

Ask your dentist, who will work with you to find the best solution. They will balance oral health needs with your desired appearance.

When Are Multiple Crowns Necessary?

1. Extensive tooth decay or damage

Your dentist can recommend a dental crown. This may be if you have many cavities, large fillings, or cracked teeth.

Tooth decay will affect the number of crowns necessary

2. Cosmetic enhancement

In some cases, you can use multiple crowns to improve your smile. They correct discoloration and fix tooth shape.

Cosmetic smile makeover can often require multiple crowns

3. Full-mouth restoration

If you have many dental problems, we can suggest a full-mouth restoration. This could involve putting crowns on many teeth.

Full-mouth restoration requires multiple crowns

4. Bruxism

Studies suggest that teeth grinding (bruxism) can wear teeth a lot. It may need many crowns to protect and fix them.

Avoids habits of nighttime teeth-grinding

Alternatives to Multiple Dental Crowns

We understand that only some may be candidates for many crowns. In some cases, your dentist may discuss alternative treatment options, such as:


You bond these thin, custom-made shells to the front of your teeth. They can improve the appearance of your smile.

Onlays or inlays

To fix your teeth with minimal damage, your dentist may recommend onlays or inlays.

Dental bridges

If you have missing teeth, a dental bridge can replace them. This may reduce the need for many crowns.

Dental implants

Evidence shows that implants last longer than crowns. They can sometimes replace missing teeth and be an alternative to crowns.

The Dental Crown Process

At Restoration Dental OC, getting a crown involves a few steps spread over two dental visits. Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, will prepare your tooth during the first visit. They’ll remove decay and damage and shape it to fit the crown.

We’ll then take impressions of your tooth. We’ll use them to create a custom-fitted crown in a dental lab. We’ll place a temporary crown to protect your tooth while the permanent crown is being made.

You will have the temporary crown removed on your second visit. Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, will put the permanent crown on your prepared tooth. He will also check the fit and your bite. This is to ensure comfort and function.

In some cases, advanced tech like CEREC may let dentists design, make, and place a crown in one visit. You’ll need a certain number of appointments.

The number depends on how complex your case is and the clinic’s technology. More complex cases may require more visits beyond the initial two.

Cost of Dental Crowns

Crown costs vary. They depend on many factors. These include the materials used: ceramic, porcelain, or resin crowns…

Also, the location of the crown placed, your case’s complexity, and your dentist’s fees. It’s best if you discuss the cost with your dentist. You must also check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage.

Risks and Complications of Dental Crowns

As with any dental procedure, getting a crown has risks. These include infection, allergies to materials used, and nerve damage. However, an experienced dentist and careful oral hygiene can reduce these risks.

In addition, over time, the crown may loosen. It may also chip or crack due to wear. Regular dental check-ups are crucial. They find and fix any issues. They ensure it’s your dental crown that lasts and works well.

Dental care for your Crowns

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to ensure the longevity of your crowns. This includes brushing twice daily, flossing, and attending routine dental check-ups. We recommend avoiding biting on hard foods or objects that could damage your crowns.

If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist may suggest wearing a nightguard. It will protect your crowns and natural teeth from excessive wear.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a limit to the number of crowns you can get?

No, a person’s total number of crowns isn’t restricted. How many crowns a person requires depends on their needs and oral health.

Can You Put a Crown on All Your Teeth?

Yes, putting a crown on all your teeth is possible. But, it’s not always necessary or the most advisable course of treatment.

Ask your dentist for advice if you’re considering having all your teeth crowned. Discuss the benefits, risks, and other options. This will ensure it’s the right choice.

How many crowns are too many?

What makes up “too many” crowns differs from person to person. Your dentist will determine what you need. For your health, they’ll tell you the appropriate amount of crowns.

Can you get multiple crowns at once?

Indeed, a dentist can insert many crowns at a single appointment. This is contingent upon the intricacy of the situation and the dentist’s recommendation.

What is the alternative to a crown?

Veneers, inlays, onlays, fillings, and dental implants can substitute for crowns. The best action depends on the severity of the damage and your needs.

Can dental crowns be whitened?

Unlike natural teeth, you can’t whiten dental crowns. If you want to change the color of your crown, you’ll need to replace it with a new one.

Does insurance cover dental crowns?

Many dental insurance plans cover part of the cost of dental crowns. But coverage varies by your plan. It’s best to check with your insurance provider for details.

Can old crowns be replaced?

If old crowns are damaged, worn, or do not fit, you can replace them. Your dentist will check your crowns. They’ll recommend replacing them if needed.

What happens if you wait too long to get a crown?

If you wait too long for a crown, the tooth may suffer more damage or decay. This could lead to more extensive and costly treatments. These include root canals or extractions.

How many times can a crown be replaced?

The tooth’s structure can support a new crown. So, if the tooth remains healthy and robust, you can replace the crown many times. But, your dentist can suggest alternative treatments if your tooth sustains damage. They may recommend dental implants.

Consult Your Dentist

In summary, a person’s ability to have many dental crowns depends on various variables. It varies from individual to person. It helps you to understand dental crowns’ use, alternatives, and maintenance requirements.

Note: Ask your dentist. They check what you need, discuss what you can do, and create a plan to help you maintain good oral health.

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Dr. Ronald Pham

Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, is a Doctor of Dental Surgery who graduated from the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry in 2015. With over 8 years of experience in general dentistry, he specializes in Dental restoration, Root canal treatment, and Dental implants…

Dr. Pham has restored the smiles of +2,000 patients and is committed to providing professional dental care focused on patient comfort. He achieves this by combining a welcoming space and state-of-the-art dental technology.

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