Tooth Crowns in Collingdale
Do you hide your dazzling smile because you have cavities and discolored teeth? If you do, then a tooth cap or dental caps may be able to help you.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
A dental crown covers your teeth from the gum line to the top and provides a uniform, evenly colored set of teeth. If you have cracked or chipped teeth that won’t hold a filling, then a cap can cover the damage and provide you with a beautiful set of teeth. Since caps and crowns are similar in color and texture to your own teeth, no one will know that you have them installed.
Who Installs Tooth Caps?
All of our wonderful dentists can install crowns for teeth. Crown installation is considered to be a routine dental procedure just like a cleaning or a filling. If you’re considering getting a tooth crown, call our office and we’ll schedule an appointment for you with one of our caring dentists.
Options Available for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are available in two types, either temporary or permanent. Temporary crowns are prefabricated from either plastic or stainless steel and you’ll use one in the interim until your permanent crown is ready.
Purpose of a Ceramic Crown
Ceramic crowns are made with a porcelain base for durability, but the ceramic is closer in color and texture to your natural teeth, so ceramic is usually used for a front tooth crown. Although it’s somewhat more brittle than a porcelain crown, ceramic will last for many years if you practice good oral hygiene.
Purpose of a Porcelain Crown
A porcelain crown is fused onto a metal base, which makes it more durable than its ceramic counterpart. It also provides a better seal, which minimizes the possibility of leakage and decay in the future. Porcelain crowns are very durable and will last for decades if properly maintained.
The Procedure for Crown Installation
If you’re getting dental crowns installed, you should allow for at least two office visits. If you need additional work, such as a root canal, then you should plan for additional visits for your dental crown procedure. On your initial visit, your dentist will examine your oral health and the condition of the tooth to be capped. If both are satisfactory, then your dentist will file down the tooth and make an impression of it. This impression will be used to fabricate your permanent cap and you’ll be supplied with a temporary cap to use in the interim.
When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will install it and then adjust it so that it fits and works its best.
Cost of Crown Installation
Your dental crown cost will vary according to your unique situation and needs. The amount of prep work needed, the type of crown selected (ie: a gold crown tooth is more expensive), and your insurance benefits, will all affect the ultimate cost of your dental procedure. Call our office today and we’ll be happy to provide you with information that’s specific to your needs for getting a tooth crown.
Proper maintenance of your oral health will help ensure that your tooth crown will last as long as possible. Properly cared for, your dental appliances can last for decades. Call our office today to schedule a visit with one of our caring dentists and let us help you maintain your excellent oral health.