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Tooth Crowns in Union
If you have one or more cavities that have damaged your teeth, then tooth crowns could be the answer to at least some of your dental problems. Call us today if you have tooth pain or if you think you may need a dental crown.
What Is a Tooth Crown?
Also called dental crowns or dental caps, a tooth crown is a cap that covers imperfections in your teeth, such as cracks or damage. They are also used to cover dental implants or to secure bridges in place.
A dental crown is sometimes called a tooth cap because it caps the teeth down to the gums. If you’ve had one or more root canals, your dentist has probably installed crowns for teeth that were missing due to the root canals. Crowns are matched to your other teeth, so it won’t be obvious that you have them.
Do I Need a Dental Specialist to Install a Tooth Crown?
Tooth crowns are routine dental procedures just like cleanings, fillings, or root canals. Any of our experienced dentists can help you, so call us today if you need to get a dental crown.
Are There Different Types of Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are either temporary or permanent. Temporary crowns are prefabricated and usually made of plastic or stainless steel. They’re used while the custom-made crown is being manufactured.
What Are Ceramic Crowns?
A ceramic crown is usually used for a front tooth crown because it is less noticeable than other substances. Sometimes, your dentist will need to remove the top layer of your tooth in order for the crown to adhere properly. Ceramic crowns are very durable, but are also more brittle than some other substances, which may be a drawback if you have a very heavy bite.
What Is a Porcelain Crown?
A porcelain crown isn’t all porcelain because that wouldn’t be durable enough. Rather, porcelain crowns are fused to metal, which provides a much stronger bond than ceramic crowns. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns provide a better seal, which inhibits leakage and decay. Some of your tooth surface will be removed so that the crown adheres well and lasts for a long time.
What’s the Dental Crown Procedure?
Getting a crown installed will take a minimum of two visits to your dentist. If you need a root canal or other prep work, you may need additional visits.
On your initial visit, your dentist will examine your tooth to make sure that it’s strong enough to support a crown. He or she will then file the tooth down to the proper size for the crown, and make an impression so that your new tooth will fit properly. A temporary crown will protect your tooth and enable you to chew until your permanent crown is ready.
When your permanent crown is ready to be installed, you’ll return to our office and it will be installed and adjusted for maximum comfort and function.
What’s the Cost of a Crown?
The overall dental crown cost will vary by individual and will be determined by the number of crowns you need, the condition of your oral health, and the type of crown chosen. If you want a gold crown tooth, it’s more expensive. If you have dental insurance, it will usually cover some or most of the cost. Call our office today and we can answer any questions you have about the cost of dental crowns.
Taking Care of Your Crown
The lifespan of a dental crown is usually about seven years, but if you take good care of it, it can last for decades. If you maintain good oral hygiene by flossing every day and brushing at least twice a day, you can help your crowns last longer. Regular checkups and cleanings also help extend the longevity of your crown. Call our office today to schedule a visit so you can maintain your good oral health and keep your teeth strong.