Tooth Crowns in Columbia
If you’re one of the many people that has suffered serious dental damage, there’s no need to panic because a tooth crown can be the ideal way to fully restore your smile.
When Is a Tooth Crown Recommended?
A crown is a special cover placed over a damaged tooth or dental implant. A crown is also commonly called a cap because it covers a tooth or implant like a cap. Crowns for teeth are most frequently used to repair badly fractured, cracked, decayed, or generally damaged teeth when fillings won’t sufficiently save them. Crowns also serve as protection for a tooth that has received a root canal procedure, as well as provide security for dental bridges and a better appearance for poorly-shaped and severely stained teeth. And, since our dentists can match them to the precise color and shade of your surrounding teeth, you can be assured that they will look completely natural.
Are Crowns Available from All Dentists?
You don’t need a specialist to place a cap because almost every dentist offers crowns today. The crown procedure is considered as routine as a cleaning or root canal. So, if you’re looking for a local dentist because you think you may need a dental crown, simply call our conveniently-located office to arrange an appointment today.
What Are the Main Types of Crowns?
The two primary kinds of dental crowns are prefabricated and custom-crafted. A prefabricated crown is also known as a temporary crown because it protects a tooth for a short time until the permanent crown has been specially made. A permanent crown can be made of either a ceramic or porcelain material.
What Makes Ceramic Crowns Worthwhile?
These dental caps have a porcelain-based filling and are typically used as a front tooth crown since they have a more natural appearance than a gold crown tooth or porcelain crowns. And, despite the fact that they can withstand wear-and-tear, these crowns are also more brittle than other options and call for the removal of some of your natural dental structure.
What Is the Value of Porcelain Crowns?
These crowns are crafted out of porcelain fused over metal. The metal core gives this type of cap greater durability and a more secure bond than a ceramic crown. The blend of metal with porcelain enhances the crown’s strength and provides better protection from leakage and tooth decay. While porcelain caps have many benefits, a major disadvantage is that their placement requires a moderate degree of tooth structure removal.
What Is the General Procedure for Getting Dental Crowns?
Many patients are surprised to learn that the entire dental crown procedure can be completed in just two dental appointments. More visits may be required if you need a prior procedure, such as a root canal. Overall, the process usually follows these simple steps:
- You will come to our practice for a dental appointment where one of our dentists will evaluate your damaged tooth to see if it can sustain a crown.
- One of our dentists will prepare the tooth for a crown by filing it down as needed.
- A dental impression is made to enable a dental lab to craft your permanent cap.
- A temporary tooth cap is placed over the damaged tooth for protection until your permanent crown is completed.
- In a couple of weeks when the permanent cap is finished, you will return for your second appointment and your dentist will provide you with your permanent cap.
- The crown will be adjusted for perfect fit, complete comfort, and full function.
Do Dental Crowns Cost a Lot?
Not necessary, even though the dental crown cost can vary based on the type of crown you prefer. If you have dental insurance or a dental discount plan, these may cover a portion of the costs. Feel free to give us a call if you would like further details.
Do Crowns Demand Costly Maintenance?
Absolutely not. In fact, all it takes to keep your crowns at their best is healthy oral hygiene. This simply includes daily at-home care like gentle brushing a minimum of twice a day, along with thorough flossing at least once a day. You also need to visit our dentists twice a year for routine cleanings and exams. While crowns are typically able to endure for nearly a decade, you can make them last up to 40 years and protect your oral health with regular at-home and professional care.
Please call our office to arrange a convenient appointment today.