A dental crown may be recommended if You have discolored teeth One or more of your teeth are weak or in danger of breaking You’ve had a root canal procedure A dental crown is also the final step in the dental implant installation process.
Dental implants are titanium tooth roots and dental crowns act as your new set of teeth. Custom crowns are made by dental technicians to ensure that they blend in with a patient’s surroundings, real teeth.
A dental crown is installed in two separate appointments. The tooth that needs the crown is examined & prepared. X-rays of the tooth & mold of your tooth or mouth are taken.
A part of the outer layer of the tooth is filed down and removed and an impression of the trimmed tooth and the surrounding teeth is made.
The dentist then puts a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it. The impressions of the tooth are taken and sent to a lab where the permanent crown is created.
This step may take some days. After the crown comes in, the patient is called for a second visit and the dentist cements the crown to the tooth.
At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and a permanent, dental adhesive is applied to the tooth to bond the permanent crown to it.
A little swelling, soreness, and general discomfort might be experienced for a few days after the procedure but this is normal and should subside within a day or two. Maintenance of the crown is very easy. One must just brush and floss like one would with permanent teeth.
There are many factors that decide the choice of the Dental Crown, the major being Cost, strength & durability. We at Morgan Hill Dentistry discuss the various options to help you to figure out which one best meets your needs. The materials from which dental crown is made can include:
At Morgan Hill Dentistry we help save your precious time by the ‘Same Day Procedure’ The ‘temporary crown step’ can be skipped with this procedure.
Digital pictures of the mouth are taken by the dentist and the crown is created right there in the office using the digital scan from the photos. There is usually a wait of about 1 to 2 hours until the crown is made. Once the crown is ready, the dentist cements it into place.
The cost of the crowns can depend on many factors including the material used in the crown and the size of the tooth. All-metal crowns, made of a metal alloy, are usually cheaper than gold or porcelain crowns.
Costs may also vary according to the amount of work the dentist has to perform before putting in the crown. For example, a root canal or a dental implant may be needed, both of which can push the price up.
A discussion with our dentist can best guide you about the types of crowns available and suitable for your dental needs and also help determine the dental costs.