A dental crown is simply a “cap” placed over a tooth to restore the shape, strength, and size. Crowns are also used to improve a tooth’s appearance. When a crown is cemented in place, it will fully cover or encase the entire visible portion of the tooth. Dental crowns are part of our comprehensive adult dentistry services.
Why would you need a dental crown?
- 1. To protect a tooth that is weak or is cracked
- 2. To restore a tooth that is broken or worn down
- 3. To hold a dental bridge securely
- 4. To cover a dental implant
- 5. Used as part of cosmetic dentistry procedures or full mouth rejuvenation
- 6. To cover and add support to a tooth with a large filling
- 7. In children, to protect teeth for a variety of health and hygiene reasons
What is involved in preparing a tooth for a dental crown?
Usually, two visits are required. The first visit will focus on examination of the tooth by Chad Schnabel, DMD. The tooth will also be prepared for the dental crown or permanent crown. On the second visit, the crown or cap will be placed. Any questions you have about the procedure will be answered in the first visit.
First visit: tooth examination and tooth preparation
Dr. Schnabel will make a visual inspection of your mouth and the tooth to be capped. X-rays may be taken to verify the condition of the roots of the tooth and the stability of the surrounding bone. In some cases, existing tooth decay may require additional procedures before the dental crown can be installed. A root canal treatment may be necessary.
Once the tooth is approved for a crown, the preparation of the tooth can proceed. Your tooth and surrounding gum will be anesthetized or numbed. The tooth receiving the crown will be filed on top and on the sides to make room for the dental crown. If you have areas of the tooth that are missing, composite bonding may be used to build up those areas of the tooth.
Please let us know if you experience any dental anxiety and we will be happy to discuss the variety of options related to sedation dentistry.
A paste or putty is used to make an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. We want to insure your new crown will not affect your bite. These impressions are sent to a dental lab where the actual crown will be created. This process could take a few weeks.
Second visit: Installing the dental crown
When you arrive for your second visit, Dr. Schnabel will remove the temporary crown that may have been installed. The permanent crown will be checked for size, shape, and color. Again, a local anesthetic will be used and the crown will be cemented on top of the tooth.
Caring for a dental crown?
On average, dental crowns can last between five and 15 years. Oral hygiene plays a part in how long they last. Take care of your dental crown and it will last much longer. A crowned tooth is still susceptible to decay or gum disease. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is still recommended. Take special care of the area along the gum line.
How much do crowns cost?
Dental crown procedures can vary depending on your particular situation. Dental Crowns and insurance coverage are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Schnabel can discuss your current insurance and guide you through your options.