Tooth Crowns in Alexandria
If you have damaged, broken, chipped, or discolored teeth, then a tooth crown may be the solution for you.
What’s the Definition of a Dental Crown
A dentist installs a dental crown onto teeth that may be cracked, broken, or discolored, so that the damaged teeth have the same appearance as the surrounding teeth. The cap extends from the top of the tooth to its base and can be used when a tooth can’t accept a filling. A crown can anchor a bridge and improve the appearance of a tooth.
Call our office today to learn more about having a tooth crown or dental caps installed.
Does a Specialist Install Crowns?
Installation of a crown is considered a routine dental procedure, just like having a root canal, getting your teeth cleaned, or having a filling placed. All of our compassionate and knowledgeable dentists can install a dental crown, so call us if you want more information about receiving a tooth crown.
How Many Types of Crowns Are There?
Crowns are either temporary or permanent. Temporary crowns are prefabricated in a lab from either plastic or stainless steel and are used as an interim device until the permanent crown is finished.
Do I Need a Ceramic Crown?
Ceramic crowns have porcelain based fillings and one is usually used when a front tooth crown is needed because it’s most similar in color and texture to your natural teeth. Ceramic is slightly more brittle than porcelain, but it’s wear-resistant and will last for decades if properly maintained.
Do I Need a Porcelain Crown?
Porcelain crowns have a metal base that enables a stronger bond than ceramic crowns. This provides the best seal, which means less likelihood of experiencing leaking or decay in the future.
What Is the Process for Placing a Crown
Whether it’s ceramic or porcelain, you should plan on at least two office visits if you’re getting a crown. During your initial visit, your dentist will examine your oral health and the tooth that needs to be capped. If the tooth is strong enough to support a crown, he or she will file it down and prep it for your permanent cap. A temporary crown will then be installed until the permanent one is ready.
When your permanent cap is ready, your dentist will install and adjust it so that it fits properly and is functional and comfortable. For both ceramic and porcelain crown installations, a small part of your tooth surface will be removed. This is to ensure the best possible bond and fit for your new crown. Call our office today to learn more about the dental crown procedure.
Are Dental Crowns Expensive?
The cost of your dental cap will depend largely on your unique needs, for example a gold crown tooth is more expensive than porcelain. Other factors include the type of crown you’ve chosen, the condition of your oral health, the number of teeth that need to be capped, and your insurance plan benefits. Call our office today for a more precise estimate of your costs.
Caring for Your Crown
Dental crowns have a lifespan of about seven years but that can be dramatically lengthened by properly caring for them. Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to prolong the lifespan of your crowns. Floss daily, brush at least twice a day, and have regular cleanings and checkups to ensure that your teeth and your dental appliances last as long as possible.
Call us today and schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions about getting crowns for teeth and your dental crown cost.