Restoring Smiles for Function & Aesthetics
Dental crowns (also known as “caps”) are used to cover and restore a tooth that is decayed or damaged. There is a variety of types of crowns, the most popular today being porcelain crowns, which restore form, function, and natural appearance. When a porcelain crown is adhesively bonded to a tooth, it provides a durable, comfortable, and confident solution.
Porcelain crowns are a strong, durable, and natural-looking replacement for a broken or decayed tooth. We often use these types of crowns when restoring front teeth because of their natural appearance.
Porcelain & Metal
For back teeth that are rarely seen by anyone but your dentist, we may use a porcelain crown bonded to a metal structure, which allows for a better seal and, therefore, is less likely to experience decay.
When more than two consecutive teeth are decayed and/or missing, a crown and bridge can be a great option. Bridges are a larger crown that "bridges" the gap between teeth–without needing to place three consecutive crowns.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
Having dental work done can be a stressful experience if you don't know what to expect. Here are the answers to the most common questions we get about dental crowns.
When a tooth is cracked, broken, or decayed, something has to be done to eliminate pain, restore function, and improve aesthetics. This is where dental crowns come in. A dental crown is essentially a shell that is attached to the stub of your natural tooth. When you come into our office for a dental crown, we'll remove any broken parts or decay from your tooth, and attach this shell to what's left. This allows the root and bone structure to remain intact while restoring the look and feel of a natural tooth.
When properly maintained, a dental crown will usually last around 15 years. However, we have seen patients who are able to keep their crowns a decade or two longer. Much depends on your oral hygiene regimen, while lifestyle factors like stress (which may cause you to grind your teeth) and poor nutrition (which helps unhealthy tissues thrive) can also have an impact on how long your crown will last.
Insurance coverage for dental crowns varies greatly by plan. For some plans, restorative dental work like crowns are mostly covered and require you to pay a small percentage. Other dental insurance plans only cover preventative care (like dental exams, cleanings, and X-rays), in which case you would need to pay the full cost out of pocket. The best way to find out if your dental crown would be covered is to contact your insurance company.
At the Center for Dental Health, we base our treatment recommendations on what is best for your health—not what insurance companies will or won't cover. We offer a variety of payment options to help our patients afford their dental care. We offer a discount to those who pay in full up front, and we also accept Care Credit, which is an interest-free financing option. Members of our Dental Wellness Program get steep discounts on restorative dental work as well as preventative care for a small monthly fee. Our treatment coordinator can help you decide which option is best for you.
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