Repair Your Tooth with a Dental Crown
Suffering with a large cavity? Did you break a tooth? Dental crowns are the perfect way to restore your tooth’s strength, size, and appearance when there is a significant amount of damage. They can also be used to make cosmetic changes to your teeth (if you have severe discoloration or another visual problem) or to strengthen teeth that are weak and need extra support.
Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics offers a number of different types of crowns to help patients find the best solution to meet their needs. You won’t lose your natural tooth, the results can be completely unnoticeable to others, and it only takes two office visits!
Types of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over the visible portion of the tooth to improve its appearance and restore its function. Dental crowns are made of a number of materials. The two most popular types of crowns we use in our practice are stainless steel and porcelain.
- Stainless steel – Stainless steel crowns are appropriate for both kids and adults, but we use them a lot for children. Stainless steel crowns completely cover the primary tooth to prevent further decay. In children, they are lost with the tooth when it falls out. Stainless steel crowns offer an advantage in that they can be placed in a single visit, and they are also the most cost-effective option available.
- Porcelain – Porcelain crowns are our most popular choice for adults. Porcelain crowns can be color-matched to your teeth and they look the most natural. They are a good choice for either front or back teeth, and they require two office visits to apply.
Some patients have unique needs or need a different type of solution. For these patients, we offer a few additional kinds of crowns.
- Alloy metals – Sometimes metal crowns are used for large molars in the back of the mouth, since they are not easily visible to others. Metal crowns are the strongest type of crown available and they are excellent for withstanding the strong force that these back teeth receive from chewing. Metal crowns may be made of gold alloy, nickel alloy or chromium alloy.
- Ceramic – Ceramic crowns provide a natural color match with your teeth and are also an excellent choice for people with metal allergies. They are often used for front teeth.
- Resin – Resin crowns are sometimes chosen by patients because they are the least expensive type of crown available. These crowns wear down over time, however, and are more prone to breaking.
Most types of dental crowns last five to 15 years or more, depending on individual lifestyle and hygiene. And if you choose a porcelain or ceramic crown, it will be completely unnoticeable to others!
Getting a Dental Crown
All types of dental crowns (except stainless steel)require two office visits. If there is extensive tooth decay, a root canal may be necessary before placing the crown.
- Step 1: Tooth examination and preparation – During the first visit, your dentist examines and prepares your tooth. He or she may take x-rays to check the tooth structure and look for decay. A local anesthetic is given, and any decay is removed through normal procedures (sometimes a root canal may be necessary). The dentist then re-contours your tooth by removing enough enamel to allow placement of the crown. The final step is touse putty to make an impression of your tooth so that a dental lab can create your crown.
- Step 2: Temporary crown – While you wait for your crown to be made, your dentist will place a temporary crown in your mouth to protect your tooth. It generally takes a week or two for the lab to create your crown.
- Step 3: Crownplacement – During your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and set the permanent crown in place. If everything fits correctly, he or she will bond it permanently with cement.
Many of our patients worry that getting a crown will be a painful experience. But it’s actually a very easy process, and we have a number of options available to make the procedure comfortable and pleasant! Be sure to ask us about sedation dentistry or injection comfort system – DentalVibe® before your appointment.
Patients who have experienced the DentalVibe® difference report a much more pleasant experience while getting an injection.
Paying for Dental Crowns
The cost of a dental crown depends on the type of material being used. Most dental insurance plans will cover a portion of your cost, and you can also use your Flexible Spending Account to help pay for the procedure. Another option is CareCredit™ – a financing program accessible to most people that offer’s easy payment plans (sometimes interest-free).