Is a damaged tooth getting you down? At Palos Heights Family Dental, we can fix that with a dental crown! This treatment is used for both restorative and cosmetic cases, including improving the shape, size, and function of a tooth. Our team would be happy to help you get back to a healthy, attractive smile.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is restoration used to either partially or completely cover the top, or visible, part of the tooth. Sometimes, it’s referred to as a dental cap. Dental crowns can be made out of a variety of materials, such as ceramic, porcelain, and stainless steel. All metal crowns are generally seen as more durable, while ceramic and porcelain crowns closely match the appearance of natural teeth.
Reasons for Getting a Crown on a Tooth
So why would you ever need a dental crown for your tooth? There are a few different situations that could prompt us to recommend you get one. Here are some of the most common reasons for getting a crown:
- To fix a cracked or broken tooth
- To restore a worn down tooth
- To cover a severely discolored tooth
- To replace a large or damaged filling
- To strengthen a tooth after root canal treatment
- To secure a dental bridge in place
- To complete a dental implant
About the Dental Crown Procedure
The dental crown procedure takes place over two stages. First, we prepare your tooth so that there is room to place the dental crown. We then take an impression of the tooth to send to a dental lab. At the end of that initial appointment, we place a temporary crown. As soon as we’ve received your permanent crown back from the lab, we bring you back for your second visit. We remove the temporary crown and bond the permanent crown in place. Before you leave, we make sure that everything looks good in terms of the fit and your bite and make any needed adjustments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do dental crowns require any special treatment?
Once your permanent crown has been placed, it won’t require any special care, and you won’t have any dietary restrictions that you will have to remember. Dental crowns are made of durable materials that allow them to endure many of the same things that natural teeth can handle. You will want to continue following a comprehensive oral care routine to keep your crown and your teeth clean and to make sure your crown lasts for as long as possible. You can use an electric toothbrush, floss, and eat crunchy and sticky foods with dental crowns, just like you can with natural teeth!
Is it painful to get a dental crown?
A dental crown procedure is not particularly painful because local anesthetic is always applied around the tooth to completely numb the area before any modifications are made. Once the numbness has worn off after the appointment, you may feel a little pain or sensitivity in the tooth, but it should be easily relieved through prescription or over-the-counter pain medication. If you are anxious about your dental crown procedure or you have dental-related anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) that can help you remain calm and relaxed during your dental crown appointments.
What is the average dental crown cost?
The exact cost of a dental crown depends on a few different variables, like the size of the tooth, the type of crown that is being placed, and which tooth it is. Our team always does everything we can to ensure that our high-quality dental crowns are affordable for our patients. We are an insurance-friendly practice and accept many popular insurance plans which often cover at least part of the cost of a dental crown procedure. We also accept third-party payment plans through CareCredit®, which can help split up your dental crown cost into equal monthly payments.
If you have any questions about financing your dental crown procedure or you would like to schedule a consultation with us, please get in touch with our friendly front office team.
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