Everything You Need to Know about Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns can be used in many different situations and give you plenty of options to choose from.  Consult a skilled Mesa dentist to find the best type of crown for your situation.  Prioritize your oral health and continue reading for everything you need to know about dental crowns.

  1. What are dental crowns? WebMD at: defines a dental crown as, a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.” A dental crown is basically a permanent covering that goes over an existing tooth for any number of reasons.  A dental crown is a useful tool that your dentist can apply if needed.
  2. When are they needed? Dental crowns can be used for many reasons. Some patients will opt for a crown for cosmetic reasons.  A crown can be used to cover a discolored or malformed tooth.  Dental crowns can also be utilized to assist a tooth suffering from decay.  If your tooth is damaged or cracked your dentist may suggest a crown in order to help “save” the tooth.
  3. What is the procedure for dental crowns? The dental crown process will usually require two appointments. Your first visit will consist of getting a temporary crown and you will have impressions taken of the tooth that will be receiving the crown.  You may also have impressions taken of the surrounding teeth to make sure that your new crown will not impact your bite.  The information taken at your first appointment will be sent to a lab where your customized dental crown will be made.  During your first visit your tooth will also be prepared for your new crown.  Depending on the reason for the crown and condition of the tooth it may need to be filed down or built up in preparation for the new crown.  Talk to your Mesa dentist about the procedure to make sure you understand and are comfortable with all the steps in the process.
  4. Are there different types of crowns available? Yes, you have several options when choosing your dental crown. Colgate’s oral care website explains the different crown types.

“Ceramic — These are used for restoring front teeth, and are popular in this area for their ability to blend with your natural tooth color. The crown is made of a porcelain-based material.

Porcelain-fused to metal – This crown provides a stronger bond than regular porcelain because it is connected to a metal structure. It’s also extremely durable.

Gold alloys – This crown is a mix of gold, copper and other metals. In addition to providing a strong bond to the tooth, it doesn’t fracture, nor does it wear away the tooth itself.

Base metal alloys – This crown is made up of non-noble metals that are highly resistant to corrosion, and make for a very strong crown. It also requires the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed prior to fitting.”

While there are different types of crowns available, discuss your options with your Mesa dentist.  Different crown types have different levels of durability and potential side effects. For instance, when using an all metal crown there is a small chance of an allergic reaction to the metal alloy.  Work with your dental professional to find the perfect fit for you.

  1. What is the cost? The cost of dental crowns vary widely. The cost can depend on what type of crown you decide to get as well as how much, if any, your insurance company will cover.  Discuss the cost of your dental crown with your dentist in advance and check to see if your insurance company will cover any portion of the expense.  Because permanent crowns are made at a specialized facility and are customized to your tooth they can be expensive.
  2. Are they painful? Dental crowns are fitted and then cemented over your teeth. You need a perfect fit to prevent food and bacteria from seaping into the crown.  During the procedure your dentist may use something to numb your tooth to prevent any discomfort.  You may experience some sensitivity after you receive your new crown.  Talk to your dentist about any discomfort.  The solution may be as simple as using toothpaste for sensitive teeth or your dentist may need to make adjustments to your new crown.  If you have any pain contact your dental professional.
  3. Are there alternatives to dental crowns? Dental crowns are used in specific situations, such as helping to preserve a tooth or for cosmetic reasons. Talk to your dental professional about the need or want of a dental crown.  If you are considering a crown for cosmetics, would teeth whitening procedures be an option first?  If there is tooth decay, could a filling be a solution?  Everyone’s situation is different.  Your dental expert will be the best person to advise you on your options.  He or she will be able to discuss all the possibilities and help you make the best choice for your oral health.
  4. Do I need to care for my dental crowns? Yes! You will want to practice good oral hygiene including your crowns.  Keeping your teeth clean and healthy will help keep your crown and the areas around it healthy.  Also, be sure to visit your dentist regularly as part of your oral health care plan.

Your dental health is an important aspect of your overall healthcare. Be certain to find a reliable, trustworthy Mesa dentist and discuss your crown options and procedure expectations. Consult a professional when making important oral healthcare decisions and work together for your optimum health.