What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a durable, custom-made “cap” that is placed on a damaged tooth. Many of our patients have benefited from crowns, which we design using a sturdy porcelain to thoroughly protect the tooth underneath. An example of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, porcelain crowns can improve both the aesthetic quality and overall function of the mouth – all while feeling and appearing incredibly natural. Dr. Justin Roberts, our cosmetic dentist, is well-versed in general, restorative, and cosmetic dental solutions, making him an ideal dentist to see you through the crown process.
- Porcelain Crowns Benefits
- Porcelain Crown Procedure
- Porcelain Crowns Longevity
- Porcelain Crowns Cost
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Crowns?
Dental crowns can be applied to solve or improve several concerns, including:
- Severely damaged or decayed teeth
- Cracks or fractures
- Misshapen teeth
Beginning at the gum line, crowns completely cover the tooth, strengthening and protecting it while restoring a natural appearance. Crowns are often incorporated into other restorative procedures, such as fillings, dental implants, and bridges. They are also usually used in root canals, which can require extra protection for the affected tooth.
What Does the Porcelain Crown Procedure Involve?
Like many effective restorative procedures, the dental crown process is completed in a few steps. First, at your initial consultation Dr. Roberts will examine your mouth, making sure the teeth are in good standing for the addition of a crown. When you are deemed ready to undergo the procedure, Dr. Roberts will prepare the tooth for the restoration, which can include performing a filling, and your mouth will likely be numbed.
A mold and scan will then be taken for the shape of the crown. You will be given a temporary crown while the permanent is being crafted. The impression is sent to a laboratory, where the crown is created to match the unique color and shape of your teeth. After a few weeks, you will return to our office to have your new crown put in. The recovery process is generally straightforward and you should experience minimal discomfort.
How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?
While they are typically long-lasting, porcelain crowns will need to be replaced after a certain amount of time. When cared for properly, they typically last about 10 years. Dr. Roberts will provide you with tips for maintaining your dental crowns to help them last as long as possible.
How Much Do Porcelain Crowns Cost?
Generally, crowns cost between $1,000-$3,500. We will determine the precise cost based on the number of crowns needed, the material being used, the extent of work being done, and other factors. Because we never want financial issues to stand in the way of the treatment you deserve, we aim to facilitate payment to the best of our ability. We accept all major credit cards and work with CareCredit®, a program that helps you finance your treatment according to your budget and timeline. We are always willing to answer questions about our financial options.
We invite you to schedule your consultation with Dr. Roberts today.