Tooth Crowns in South Bend
You no longer have to live with the embarrassment of badly damaged teeth. You can dramatically improve the appearance and health of your smile by getting a tooth crown.
What Are Tooth Crowns?
As their name implies, tooth crowns are crowns for teeth that are placed atop an unhealthy tooth or dental implant. A crown is also known as a cap because it basically serves as a tooth cap that covers and protects the underlying tooth or implant.
Dentists typically recommend dental crowns for badly cracked, broken, decayed, or injured teeth that cannot be properly repaired and saved by a dental filling. A tooth crown can also be used to protect a tooth that has undergone a root canal, as well as to keep a bridge attached and to make stained and poorly-shaped teeth look more aesthetically pleasing.
Rest assured that no will ever notice that you have a crown because our dentists make them look just like your natural teeth.
Do All Dentists Offer Crowns?
A crown is considered to be a general dental procedure like root canals and fillings, so most dentists provide them. If you think your teeth may need a crown, call our local dental practice to schedule an appointment today.
Are There Different Kinds of Crowns?
Yes, the primary types of crowns are temporary and permanent. A temporary crown is pre-made out of stainless steel or plastic and it’s used to protect a tooth until a permanent crown has been crafted and placed. It takes time to make a permanent crown because it needs to be specially made in a dental lab to perfectly match the color and size of your natural teeth.
What Do You Need to Know about Ceramic Crowns?
Many people choose a ceramic crown because it resists extensive wear and tear better than other options. It’s porcelain-based filling makes it a better choice for a front tooth crown than both porcelain and a gold crown tooth, but it also requires the removal of some of your original tooth structure and can be much more brittle beneath a heavy bite.
What Are the Facts about Porcelain Crowns?
These dental caps are comprised of porcelain that has been fused onto metal. The metal gives them a better bond than ceramic crowns and makes them more durable, additionally, the mixture of porcelain and metal enhances the crown’s strength and improves its seal to reduce the risk of decay and leakage. While these are all great advantages, one major downside is that a moderate amount of the tooth’s structure has to be removed during placement.
What Are the Steps of the Dental Crown Procedure?
There are typically only a few simple steps involved in getting a cap which can be completed in just two dental visits. If you need prior dental work before receiving a crown, then more appointments may be needed. Generally, the procedure involves the following:
- Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to detect whether you have enough healthy tooth structure to withstand a crown.
- If you do, your damaged tooth will be scraped prepare it for the crown.
- Your dentist will make a dental impression and send it to the lab for the proper creation of your permanent crown.
- A temporary crown gets placed over the damaged tooth until the permanent crown has arrived, usually within a few weeks.
- Once the permanent cap is finished, we will contact you to have you return to our office to receive your permanent cap, and any necessary adjustments.
What Is the Average Cost of a Crown?
How much your dental crown costs will depend on the type of crown that you choose. If costs are an issue for you, realize that many dental insurance policies and discount dental plans will actually pay for a portion of your dental crown cost. For details, give us a call today.
Does a Crown Require Certain Care?
Even though a crown typically stays strong for around seven years, proper dental maintenance can make your crowns last nearly 40 years. To keep crowns in good condition, simply brush twice or more each day and floss your teeth at least one time each day. Remember, tooth caps also need professional care through twice-a-year dentist visits for cleanings and full exams.
Please call our office today to arrange a convenient appointment to protect your oral health.