Dental Crowns

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cap permanently bonded over your tooth. They’re affordable, durable, and a great solution for various dental needs. Traditional crowns are metal, but caps are now available as ceramic or porcelain, looking completely natural and lasting for many years.

Who would benefit from a dental crown procedure?

If your teeth are cracked, broken, misshapen or in some way damaged, crowns provide the protection your teeth need. The cap restores your tooth’s natural size and shape as well as adds strength to the underlying tooth structure, reducing the risk of cracks or other structural damage.

What is the process?

Getting a crown usually takes two trips to the office; the first visit is preparation, while the second visit is the actual procedure.

Visit One: Examining and preparing the tooth.

Dr. Han may take X-rays to check tooth’s root receiving the crown as well as the surrounding bone to check for extensive decay. If the tooth’s pulp is at risk for infection or injury, then a root canal treatment may first be needed.

Then Dr. Han will numb your tooth that is receiving the crown and the gum tissue around the tooth. Next, the tooth is filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. However, if a large portion of the tooth is missing due to decay or damage, Dr. Han will instead “build up” the tooth to support the crown with filling material.

After reshaping the tooth, Dr. Han will use either impression paste or putty to create a tooth impression. Dr. Han will also create impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth receiving the dental crown; these are created to ensure the crown will not affect your bite.

Lastly, Dr. Han will make a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made.

Visit Two: Placing the permanent dental crown.

Once Dr. Han removes the temporary crown, he will check the fit and color of the permanent one. If the permanent crown is adequate, Dr. Han will apply a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and cement the new crown in place.

How much do dental crowns cost?

It depends on the patient; variables involved in the process can alter the price. The best way to get an accurate price is to schedule a consultation with Drs. Han, Jang or Petrungaro because then you will define those possible variables (i.e. concluding what crown type you want, or whether you will need a root canal etc.) During your visit, Drs. Han, Jang or Petrungaro can answer any questions you have, and our treatment coordinator will review your insurance and provide you with the cost for your chosen treatment. Please call our office to receive more detailed breakdown of pricing with Drs. Han, Jang or Petrungaro! Scharrington Dental Phone Number 847-891-9999

Dental Crown FAQS

What types of crowns are available?

  • Metal (gold alloy or other alloys such as palladium) is the most durable crown type; they rarely chip and break. Tooth wear to opposing teeth is minimal.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal match your adjacent teeth color but wear down opposing teeth quicker compared to resin or metal crown types./li>
  • All-resin are the least expensive, but more prone to fractures than Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
  • All-ceramic or all-porcelain provides the best natural color match and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and wear down opposing teeth more than metal or resin crowns.

How should I care for my temporary dental crown?

Avoid these food types:

  • sticky
  • chewy
  • hard

Chew with the other side of your mouth as well as slide floss out rather than lifting the floss out between teeth will help ensure the temporary crown stays in place.

How long do dental crowns last?

It depends on you; how much wear and tear your expose the crown to will lengthen or shorten its lifespan. (The lifespan usually ranges from 5 to 15 years.) Following good oral hygiene, not grinding or clenching teeth, nor opening packaging with your teeth will help your crown last longer.

Does a crowned tooth require special care?

No. However, like the rest of your mouth, the tooth underneath the crown is susceptible to decay and gum disease. You need follow good oral hygiene practices, especially flossing around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.