If you are in the Katy, TX area and are needing a dental crown, trust the experts at Best Dental with all you dental crown needs.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown sometimes referred to as a dental cap, is a type of dental restoration used to cover an existing tooth to restore its size, shape, and appearance. The crown is usually made of porcelain, metal or a combination of the two materials in order to be as durable and lifelike as possible. Once placed over the tooth the crown is secured in place with a type of dental cement and can stay in place from five to fifteen years with proper care.
Why would a dental crown be needed?
Dental crowns are extremely versatile and have a number of different uses including:
Dental crowns can be used to adjust the look of a person’s smile by covering discolored or broken teeth or by covering a dental implant.
Dental crowns can be used to protect a weak tooth or to cover a tooth that has had a large filling added.
Dental crowns can also be used as a part of other procedures such as the fitting of dental bridges where a crown can help hold the bridge in place.
What types of dental crowns are there?
There are three main types of dental crown and each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.
- All-metal crowns
All-metal crowns are usually either made of gold or white dental alloy and are long-lasting while being kind to neighbor teeth. All-metal crowns are popular with some people for aesthetic reasons but for those looking for a more natural look they can be too obvious.
- All-ceramic crowns – All-ceramic crowns are usually created from porcelain or an engineered dental ceramic and are known to be the most natural-looking crowns available. It’s important to note that there is a wide variety of all-ceramic crowns available and some look more realistic than others.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns
A PFM crown is a hybrid of the other two crown varieties and consists of a metal cap that encases the tooth which is then covered with more natural-looking porcelain. PFM crowns can provide the best of both worlds to dental patients but still have their downfalls most noticeably the dark line phenomenon where the metal underneath the porcelain begins to show through at the gum line.
How are dental crowns fitted?
Dental crowns are usually fitted in two stages and appointments. On the first appointment, the dentist will begin by taking x-rays of your mouth so that they can see the roots of your teeth and any surrounding bone. This allows the dentist to see if they are likely to come into any problems fitting your crown or if they need to perform a root canal treatment to fix any decay first.
Once happy with what’s going on under your gums the dentist will give you a numbing injection before starting the process of reshaping your teeth so that they can sit within the crown. In most cases, this involves grinding away some of the tooth surfaces but if the tooth is badly decayed then they may need to build the tooth up with a filling material. With the tooth now the correct size to take the crown, it’s now time for your dentist to take an impression using some dental putty or paste. In some cases, dentists now have access to digital scanners that can create an impression for them. The resulting impressions can then be sent to the laboratory and your personalized crowns can be created. Before you go home your dentist will fit a temporary crown to protect your prepared teeth ready for your next appointment once the personalized crowns have been delivered.
Once your personalized crowns have arrived at the dentists’ office, Your temporary crowns will be removed and replaced with your permanent personalized crowns.
Do dental crowns require special care?
Your permanent dental crowns are designed to put up with everything your teeth would have been used to and so there’s no need to avoid certain foods. However, although a dental crown is hard wearing it’s important to remember that the tooth underneath it is still susceptible to decay and damage, and therefore good oral hygiene should still be followed especially around the area where the crown meets the tooth.
How much do dental crowns cost?
The cost of dental crowns can vary depending on where you live, what crown material you choose and the experience of the dental surgeon who fits them. In general metal crowns are cheaper than porcelain crowns, that being said the percentage of gold in the crown should also be taken into consideration as this can also raise the cost. The average cost of a dental crown in Katy, TX is $1,000.
Will Dental Insurance help me with the cost of my crown?
Yes it will. Each insurance plan is slightly different, but we will let you know exactly what your carrier covers at your consultation appointment.
If you happen to be a Katy, TX resident in need of a dental crown call our expert team today!