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Known as one of the most reliable and popular restorative treatments, dental crowns repair damaged teeth and save them from needing to be extracted. Extensive damage, like a large fracture, crack, or an old filling that falls out, may warrant getting a dental crown. If you’ve been told that you need a dental crown, find out answers to the most commonly asked questions right here.
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A dental crown is also called a cap because it fits over the entire tooth down to the gumline. Once in place, you’ll only see the crown, which is made of porcelain that looks just like a real tooth. We can shade the porcelain to blend with your other teeth and create unique markings or dentations that mimic your surrounding teeth.
Dentists often recommend crowns when a patient’s tooth is significantly damaged to the point that there is not enough healthy tooth structure to hold a bonded filling. Other times a crown is necessary is if a tooth cracks or breaks or following a root canal treatment. Crowns are also uniquely made to attach to dental implants for a permanent tooth replacement.
Once you get a dental crown, oral hygiene is no different than before. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. We also recommend that you follow through with twice-yearly dental visits. But other than that, you won’t need to do anything different than you normally would for your own natural teeth. Dental crowns are strong and durable, just like dental enamel.
On average, expect your dental crown to last at least a decade with proper care and maintenance. However, using your teeth to bite on pens or pencils, fingernails, or to open packages could damage the porcelain. Additionally, if you have bruxism or clench and grind your teeth while sleeping, protect your investment, along with your other natural teeth, by wearing a custom-made mouth guard to absorb the pressure and prevent damage to your oral health and crown.
The cost of same-day crowns varies, depending on several factors, including:
- Additional treatments that may be needed to prepare the tooth for the crown
- The size of the tooth getting crowned.
- The complexity of the procedure
- Materials used to fabricate the crown
However, we always provide a treatment estimate before beginning any procedures. That way, the patient is fully aware of their financial investment before committing to treatment.
Yes! Nothing will ever feel or function exactly like your real teeth. Therefore, we encourage patients to opt for restorative procedures whenever possible to save their existing teeth and avoid tooth loss. So, think about how long that crown will serve you over the course of a decade or longer.
The reason a dental crown is necessary following a root canal is that removing the tooth’s pulp makes it dry and brittle, and the tooth is likely to break and could do so at the gum line, which results in tooth loss. Therefore, a dental crown is the final step following a root canal so that the tooth is made strong and durable again.
Dental crowns should not have to be replaced unless the porcelain breaks, the crown leaks, or the crown falls off completely. These instances can occur for a variety of reasons. But if it happens to you, prepare to need a new crown in order to protect the tooth.
Our same-day crowns in Sciota are made from the highest quality dental porcelain, which is crafted to look just like a real tooth. Crowns for molars will have little rises and grooves, just like on the chewing surface of a real tooth. Front tooth crowns are made slender with a smooth edge to match the size, shape, and thickness of adjacent teeth. Regardless of where the crown is located, it is crafted to look natural and blend with your surrounding teeth. No one will be able to tell your dental crown apart from a real tooth except a dentist.
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If you are interested in learning more about a same-day dental crown or finding out if a dental crown is right for you, contact Chestnuthill Dental by calling (570) 402-4001 and schedule a consultation.