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.