A dental crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. Dental crowns can be made from several different materials, such as porcelain, gold, or ceramic. They can be used to protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together a cracked tooth. In addition, a dental crown can be used to restore a tooth that is worn down, misshapen, or discolored.
When Is a Dental Crown Recommended?
Crowns are usually recommended when a tooth is cracked, broken, or severely worn down. They are also used to improve the look and appearance of a tooth.
Dental crowns are cemented in place and provide strength and protection to weakened or damaged teeth.
Advantages Dental Crowns
Dental crowns have many advantages. They are quick, made from durable materials, convenient, and versatile. Crowns can be used for:
- Restoring the shape and size of a severely damaged tooth
- Covering a stained or discolored tooth
- Restoring a cracked or broken tooth
- Covering a tooth that has a large filling
- Holding together a tooth after a root canal
Procedure for Placing a Dental Crown
A dental crown is a prosthetic device that completely covers a tooth. It is placed over a compromised tooth to restore its natural function and appearance.
Placing a dental crown requires at least two dental visits. The dentist first needs to prepare the tooth for the crown, which involves removing some of the enamel. Once this is done, we take digital impressions of the tooth and share them with the dental laboratory that fabricates the customized restoration.
Once the impression of the prepared tooth is sent to the dental lab, it takes about two weeks for the crown to be manufactured. When it is ready, the patient returns to have the permanent crown placed over the prepared tooth. We use dental adhesives to bond the crown and take a bite test to ensure optimum fit and bite.
How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?
The cost of a dental crown can vary depending on many factors, such as:
- The location of the crown and whether or not it is supported by one or more abutments
- The type of crown
- The materials used
- The number of appointments needed
- The patient’s level of dental insurance coverage
Although porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns tend to be the most affordable option, they usually aren't as aesthetic as other options. Ceramic and zirconium crowns can be slightly more expensive, but patients prefer them since they look very natural and last for many years.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns are durable and can last more than a decade, but only if you maintain good oral hygiene. Patients are recommended to practice good oral hygiene habits like regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash and avoiding unhealthy oral habits like smoking to maintain the durability of their crowns.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Allisonville Dental Centre, call (317) 547-5766 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 2811 E 46th St, Indianapolis 46205.