Never take BEAUTIFUL SMILES for granted.
A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Advanced dental crowns protect and strengthen tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Your dentist may recommend a dental crown procedure if you have a weak tooth that needs to be held together or requires a bridge; or if you have a tooth that is extremely discolored; or simply to have a crown placed for cosmetic reasons.
Dental crowns can be an expensive dental treatment, however the advantage of capping a damaged tooth with a crown is that the tooth is protected from further reconstructive dental work. Dental crowns can cost between $500 – 1500 USD per tooth depending on the type and size of crown used.
TYPES OF LONG-LASTING DENTAL CROWNS
There are several types of crowns including ceramic, porcelain, resin, and stainless steel (cosmetic crowns are usually made of porcelain or ceramic).
Porcelain crowns are the most prevalent types of dental crowns because they resemble your natural teeth. They are exceedingly resilient and will last many years, however just as any dental restoration crown, they may eventually need to be replaced.
Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, striking smile.
WHEN ARE DENTAL CROWNS AN OPTION FOR ME
- Broken or Fractured Teeth
- Cosmetic Enhancement
- Decayed Teeth
- Fractured Fillings
- Tooth has Root Canal
DENTAL CROWN PROCEDURE
Stage 1 | Impressions
Dental crowns typically require two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
Stage 2 | Shaping the Surface
While the tooth is numb, decay is removed and the surface is shaped for the proper fitting of the crown.
Stage 3 | Temporary Crown
A temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
Stage 4 | Placement of New Crown
At your second dental visit, your temporary crown will be removed. Through cleansing of the tooth will take place, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
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