Ceramic Dental Crowns: Beauty and Durability Blended Together
Many times when teeth begin to decay or crack, dental crowns are the most viable solution. Dentists can use crowns as a cosmetic solution or to protect teeth from further decay, chips, or damage. A crown reinforces your tooth to structure intact. If you’re having problems with your teeth, read on to see if dental crowns might be the solution you need.
What problems can dental crowns help fix?
Trauma-Related Problems Crowns Can Fix
- Severe Tooth Decay
- Tooth Damage (cracks, breaks, fractures, etc.)
- Infected Tooth Root/Nerve
- Alternative Solution to Fillings
Cosmetic Problems Crowns Can Fix
- Misaligned Teeth
- Craze Lines
- Misshapen/Disproportionate Teeth
Types of Dental Crowns
While many different materials exist for dental crowns, we primarily use porcelain crowns at our locations. With that being said, here are the different types of crowns that are out there:
Metal-Infused Porcelain Crowns – Metal-infused porcelain crowns are more durable than pure porcelain, and are typically used as an in-between option for cosmetic and durability solutions.
Porcelain Crowns – Porcelain crowns, sometimes referred to as white crowns or ceramic crowns, are the most aesthetically-pleasing of the different types of crowns. While not as durable as the first two options, porcelain crowns make it easy to re-create the natural shade of someone’s teeth.
The Process of Placing Dental Crowns
Dental crowns preserve your smile’s natural appearance. They’re made to look just like your other teeth, so nobody will be able to tell the difference. Since we use only natural crowns, or metal-free crowns, your teeth will shine just like they did before.
When we prepare to place a dental crown, we first make a mold of your teeth. Using a temporary restoration, we cover your tooth up until our dental lab is able to return your permanent, new crown. The procedure typically takes two dental visits to complete.
Post-Operative Dental Crown Care
If you’ve just had a dental crown put in, there are some things you should know. Either you’ve finished your first appointment and have a temporary crown, or you’re all finished and now have a permanent dental crown. Either way, these instructions should help you to maintain your new crown.
Caring for a Temporary Crown
Although your crown is temporary, you’ll need to take special care of it to ensure your tooth doesn’t become exposed or infected. Here are some tips on how to do that.
Avoid Sticky Foods – Sticky and chewy foods can shift the crown or pull it off the tooth. Avoiding gum, caramel, or other sugary, sticky foods will help keep your crown safe.
Avoid Hard Foods – Hard foods can often break a crown, so avoiding these is key.
Use The Other Side of Your Mouth – The best way to ensure you don’t damage or move your crown is to chew with the opposite side of your mouth for the time being.
Floss Carefully – When flossing around the crown, be sure to avoid pulling the crown up off the tooth. Focus on flossing downward, or avoid flossing that area until you receive your permanent crown. If you have questions, give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk with you about the process.
Caring for a Permanent Crown
Although we call crowns “permanent,” they aren’t meant to be permanent. We simply call them that to separate them from your “temporary” crown. However, your crown can easily last upwards of ten years if it’s cared for properly.
Brush and Floss Every Day – You should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once per day. This will maintain your crown’s appearance and durability, and keep it free from developing excess bacteria.
See Your Dentist At Least Twice Per Year – Your dentist will look for any potential problems each time you have your teeth cleaned. Be sure to see them regularly to avoid any serious issues with your crown.
Avoid Hard Foods – As much as possible, continue to use the other side of your mouth to eat hard foods. While your permanent crown is more durable than your temporary crown, it’s still possible for it to break.
Cost of a Dental Crown
Every procedure involving dental crowns is different. The cost of a dental crown, like with any dental procedure, depends upon many varying factors. Thus, the cost of a dental crown is not set in stone in any way and will vary depending upon the procedure.
Insurance usually covers a portion of dental crowns. The overall cost of the treatment will likely determine the amount your insurance will cover.
By far, the best way to figure out the cost of a dental crown is to set up a free consultation with any of our locations. Our dentists can take a look at your teeth and give you an estimate as to the cost of a procedure. We’ll be sure to present your different options to you kindly, and in an easy-to-understand way.
If you’re concerned about getting the care you need because of finances or lack of insurance, be sure to check out our partners at Lincoln Dental Plans. Click their logo to find out how they can offer you cheap dental discount plans, giving you access to affordable dental care.
We also offer CareCredit, dental payment plans, and other payment options to make dental care more affordable for you. Give us a call anytime if you have questions about finances. We’re glad to tell you all about our options and help find the best solution, so you can get the dental care you need.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
Will I be able to tell the difference between my crown and my other teeth?
Unless you have a metal crown, your crown will often appear like your existing teeth. Usually, a crown will feel a little different from the rest of your teeth.
Can I whiten my crown along with the rest of my teeth?
No. Once a crown is made, its shade will retain its color. Be sure to whiten your teeth before getting a dental crown if you want the crown to match perfectly.
Does it hurt to have a dental crown placed?
Typically, it won’t hurt after your crown is placed. Sometimes it will hurt marginally immediately following the procedure, but if the pain is severe, be sure to see your dentist as it could mean something more complicated is wrong.
Are there any alternatives to a dental crown?
Dental crowns are usually used as an alternative to other, less helpful options. However, a dental bridge, fillings, or inlays can sometimes be sufficient alternatives to a dental crown.
I need braces. Can I still get them if I have a crown?
Can kids get dental crowns?
Yes. While it’s too bad that any child would need a crown, it is possible for their teeth to become damaged enough to require a crown.