Imagine how much pressure and force your teeth endure in a day’s time. Between eating and chewing food and the incidence of tooth decay, many patients’ teeth become damaged and worn down over time. Worn down teeth can present unique dental problems for patients including the development of a malocclusion, TMJ disorder, and irreparable damage to the internal structures of teeth.
Dental Crowns Before and After: What to Expect
Fortunately, worn down teeth can be restored to their rightful shape and size with dental crowns. A common restoration, a crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the entire portion of a tooth above the gum line. Before receiving a crown, a tooth may appear significantly smaller than surrounding teeth. Damaged teeth may also darken and when the mouth is closed, the upper and lower sets of teeth may not touch properly.
After a crown is placed, the occlusion (bite) is restored and the restoration adequately supports neighboring teeth in its size and shape. Patients with an infected root canal will enjoy restored oral function after endodontic therapy and the placement of a crown. Decayed and damaged teeth are also protected from further damage. Crowns differ from dental veneers and fillings because they cover the entire tooth.
Dental Crowns Cost
The price of a dental crown varies significantly because these restorations are made from a number of materials. For a more natural look, some patients choose porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crowns, which cost more than traditional all-metal crowns. This type of restoration allows patients to keep their natural teeth and when compared to procedures that replace lost teeth, crowns are one of the most conservative and cost-effective options to restore a damaged smile.
Our team considers receiving a crown as an investment in one’s health that can save a patient money in the long-run if they were to forego treatment. Because we are committed to our patients’ health, our team will file your insurance claim and work with your insurer to help you get the most out of your benefits as well.
To schedule an appointment for restorative dental services, contact our practice today.
Same-Day Crowns: The Ultimate Convenience
In the past, an off-site dental lab would create the crown and return it to the dental office, at which time the patient could then be fitted with the crown. While they could wear temporary crowns in the interim, this entire process left patients waiting for weeks to have their smiles fully restored.
Our practice dramatically improves on this process by offering same-day dental crowns. That is, the entire process of designing, creating, and placing the crown is condensed into just a few hours. Patients understandably prefer this approach because of the many benefits it offers, such as:
- Complete repair/restoration of a tooth in a single appointment
- Elimination of dental impressions, which can be messy, inconvenient, and time-consuming
- Improved precision of crown design due to increased accuracy of intraoral scanner imaging
How Technology Trims the Treatment Timeline
Advances in dental crown technology – in both the design and manufacturing of dental crowns – facilitate our ability to create and place dental crowns in a single visit. Impressions can be taken digitally and transmitted directly to our in-office milling unit, which makes the crown out of a block of ceramic.
In taking digital impressions, our practice uses the iTero scanner to capture a representation of the targeted tooth. Our staff will insert a small, handheld scanner into your mouth to take a three-dimensional image of the tooth. The process takes less than five minutes.
The image generated by the iTero scanner is then be used to determine the dental crown’s specs, which are relayed to the equipment that crafts your custom-designed crown. Because iTero-generated impressions are far more detailed than standard ones, the result is a remarkably lifelike restoration.
Common Dental Crowns Questions:
Do dental crowns wear down?
The materials used in creating modern dental crowns are quite sturdy and durable, even when placed on chewing surfaces that are subjected to considerable wear and tear. However, they are not indestructible and can show signs of wear after many years. If you have concerns about the wear and tear that you’ve noticed on your dental crown, please bring it to our attention so that we can evaluate this situation and determine if a replacement might be necessary.
How long does a crown stay on?
With proper maintenance, a dental crown should last for many years. Patients should always take care to practice good oral hygiene and avoid biting directly into hard objects or using their teeth as tools to get the maximum lifespan from their dental crowns.
Can food get stuck under a crown?
If a dental crown has gotten loose or wasn’t fitted properly initially, or if a cavity has developed underneath the crown, it can be possible for food to get stuck under the crown. If this happens to you, call our office as soon as possible so that we can give you guidance on how to proceed and schedule an appointment to see if the crown might need to be replaced.
Is replacing a crown painful?
Replacing a crown should involve minimal discomfort. We will use a local anesthetic during the process so that you won’t feel any sensations during the procedure. You may notice some mild tenderness after that local anesthetic has worn off, which usually takes a few hours. This type of discomfort usually can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.
What's the difference between a cap and a crown?
Cap and crown are essentially used interchangeably in restorative dentistry. There is no meaningful difference between the two terms. Cap tends to be a more informal and somewhat older way of referring to a crown.