Plano Dental Crown Dentistry

What Is a Dental Crown?

In essence, a dental crown is a cap or covering which protects a tooth which has been damaged. Dental crowns can be made from a number of different materials, but the most popular materials are either porcelain or metal. Some crowns can be designed so they match all the other teeth in the specific area of your mouth, and are thus almost impossible to notice.

If a crown is made of metal, it is much more likely to be noticeable because the color of the metal will stand out from the other white teeth. Depending on what your priorities are, you can choose the type of crown which works best for you. It may be that projecting a natural appearance is your top priority, and in that case, a porcelain crown that matches your other teeth would be best.

If cost is your number one concern, you may want to go with a metal crown, since those are somewhat less expensive. For strength and long-term durability, most dental crowns will fill the bill, so you won’t have to sacrifice effectiveness for aesthetic appeal or cost.

What Types of Dental Crowns Are There?

In recent years, a number of different types of crowns have emerged as viable possibilities when it comes to placing a cap over a damaged tooth. As previously stated, porcelain is one of the most popular materials for making a dental crown, because it can be constructed so as to match the same coloration of your existing teeth.

Ceramic crowns can also achieve this kind of matching coloration, and are strong to boot. Other types of crowns you might want to look into are those made of a composite resin, crowns made of metal, or zirconia crowns. It’s also possible to have a crown made from a combination of materials such as porcelain and metal.

In some situations, the type of material used for your dental crown may be influenced by the tooth’s location, or by how much of the tooth shows when you’re smiling. Other factors might be the tooth function, how much actual tooth has been preserved, the position of gum tissue, and the color of teeth in the area.

Your Signature Smiles of Plano dentist is likely to ask you about your personal preference, so you should be prepared to supply that information. Dental crowns can also be categorized by their expected shelf life. For instance, a temporary crown will only be in your mouth for a short while. This kind of crown is used while you’re waiting for a more permanent type of crown to be produced. A temporary crown is only attached with a removable adhesive, and then a permanent one will be emplaced at a later appointment.

In some cases, it’s possible to produce a permanent crown during one visit, but it will be necessary for the dental office to be equipped with CAD/CAM equipment. In this case, your permanent crown will be produced from a ceramic block while you wait in the dental office. There are other types of crowns known as 3/4 crowns or onlay crowns which don’t cover the entire tooth. One of these might be sufficient to cover the damage done to your tooth.

Who Should Get a Dental Crown?

People will generally have a dental crown installed in order to protect a tooth against any further decay, or to bind the parts of a tooth which has become cracked. Sometimes a crown is installed so as to protect the broken tooth, or one which has been worn down severely. Some crowns are needed to cover a large filling in cases where there’s not much of the original tooth left. In other situations, dental crowns are used to hold a bridge in place, to cover an implant, or to cover discolored teeth.

Sometimes a dental crown is the best option in order to save a tooth, or a tooth which has been badly damaged by decay, and is unable to support a filling. In these cases, dental fillings might not be the best solution, and it might be better to have a dental crown installed. Children who are at an unusually high risk for tooth decay sometimes require the protection of a dental crown. This is particularly true when the child has difficulty performing or maintaining good oral hygiene.

What Is the Procedure for Installing a Dental Crown?

In cases where the procedure is accomplished over several visits, a temporary crown will be installed after the first visit. During the initial visit, a dentist will examine and prepare the tooth which requires a dental crown. Part of this process might include making a mold of your tooth or of the entire mouth. Next, the dentist will file down the external layer of the tooth, and remove that part of it. Then an impression will be taken of the trimmed tooth, as well as the teeth in the immediate area.

A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth for protection, until a permanent crown can be developed. The impression of your tooth is sent to a laboratory so that a permanent crown can be made from it. This process may take a few days or a couple weeks. When the crown has been produced, you will have to make a second trip to your dentist office. At that time, the permanent crown will be cemented in place.

If your dentist’s office has the right kind of equipment, you might be able to have the dental crown emplaced in a single day. In this scenario, pictures of your mouth will be taken by the dentist. Those pictures will be used to produce a digital scan, and that will be input to a machine which is capable of developing a crown right in the office.

It might take an hour or two for the crown to be developed, but when it’s ready, the crown will be cemented into place. From start to finish, the entire procedure will probably take less than four hours. When you’re thinking about having a dental crown installed, you should consult with your dentist to see if this option is available. You might also want to inquire about the cost of the procedure, especially if you don’t have health insurance.

Are There Any Complications From a Dental Crown?

As with any medical procedure, there’s a possibility of complications when having a dental crown installed. Especially in the first several days following the procedure, you might experience sensitivity to heat or cold. If you feel extra pressure when you bite down, it could be that the crown was not fit properly, and needs to be adjusted.

Some crowns are susceptible to chipping, and in this case they would need to be repaired. It’s also possible for a dental crown to get knocked out or become loose in your mouth. It may just require a re-cementing in order to have the crown reinstalled. In the majority of cases, any complications which arise, affect the crown itself and not your mouth or your tooth.

What Does a Dental Crown Cost?

Depending on the material that is used to produce your crown, it may cost anywhere between $800 and $1500. If you opt for a more expensive material such as gold, that could cost you significantly more. Generally speaking, metal alloy crowns are much less expensive than porcelain or gold crowns.

In terms of the procedure itself, increased costs may be incurred when the dentist has to perform additional preparation work before installing the crown. A perfect example of this is when it’s necessary to do a root canal prior to crown installation. Most insurances will cover at least part of a dental crown, so that will make it necessary for you to inquire about the uncovered cost of the procedure.