Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Posted by CHRISTENSEN DENTAL Sep 25, 2023

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If you're considering a dental crown, you likely have some questions for our dentists and dental assistants. In this blog, we'll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental crowns to help ease your mind and make the procedure easier for you.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to improve its strength, shape, and appearance. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys and are custom-made to fit over the damaged tooth.  The crown is placed after the decay, sharp edges, or fractured portion is removed by the dentist.

Why might I need a dental crown?

You may need a dental crown if you have a tooth that is weakened by a large cavity, cracked, chipped, or has extensive decay. Crowns can also be used to cover a dental implant abutment or as part of a dental bridge. If you have a tooth that is severely discolored or misshapen, a crown can be used to improve its appearance.  Alternatively, a veneer may be recommended in the case of a discolored or misshapen tooth.  More on veneers later on!

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns are designed to be durable and long-lasting. With proper care and maintenance, a dental crown can last 5-15 years. However, the lifespan of a crown is affected by factors such as oral hygiene, grinding, or clenching of teeth, and trauma to the mouth. 

What is the process of getting a dental crown?

Getting a dental crown requires two visits to our office. During the first visit, one of our dental assistants will take a bite impression and scan the tooth to be crowned.  This impression and scan will help the lab make your crown custom to fit your mouth.  Then, one of our dentists will prepare the damaged tooth by removing any decay and shaping it to accommodate the crown.  A buildup may be necessary to give the crown a large enough foundation to anchor to.  That will be determined at your first visit when your natural tooth is being prepared to receive the final crown.  An impression of the tooth will then be taken and sent to a local dental lab, where the crown will be custom-made.  Your dentist will place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made.  The lab will take approximately two weeks to make your final crown.
At the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown over the prepared tooth. The crown will be checked for fit and adjusted as needed. Once the fit is comfortable, the crown will be permanently cemented in place.

Is getting a dental crown painful?

Getting a dental crown is not typically painful. Our Henderson dentists want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.  They will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth being prepared for the crown, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. After the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort, but this should subside within a few days.  Our dental assistants will provide you with post-op instructions to help you ease any discomfort.

How do I care for my dental crown?

Caring for a dental crown is like caring for your natural teeth. You should brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit our Henderson Dental office regularly for checkups and cleanings. Avoid chewing on hard foods or using your teeth to open packages, as this can damage the crown. If you grind your teeth at night, our office may recommend wearing a night guard to protect the crown.

Can I get a dental crown if I have Periodontal disease?

If you have Periodontal, or gum disease, your dentist will need to treat the underlying condition before placing a crown. Crowns rely on healthy teeth and gums for support, so it's important to address any gum disease before proceeding with a crown.

What is the cost of a dental crown?

The cost of a dental crown varies depending on insurance, the material used, and if a buildup is needed.  Our treatment planners can discuss cost and insurance with you before any procedure takes place.  Dental insurance may cover part or all of the cost of a crown, depending on your plan.

Is Christensen Dental a good place to get a dental crown?

Christensen Dental is your premiere Henderson dental office!  Our dentists provide a range of services, including dental crowns. Our team of experienced dentists and staff are dedicated to providing high-quality care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that our patients receive the best possible treatment.
Christensen Dental offers several materials for crowns, including all-ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, and gold.  Our dentists will work with you to determine the best material for your needs and budget.

In addition to dental crowns, Christensen Dental offers a range of other dental services, including fillings, extractions, and cosmetic dentistry. We also offer emergency dental services during office hours for patients who need immediate care.

Dental crowns are a great option for restoring damaged or decayed teeth and improving their appearance and function. If you're considering a dental crown, it's important to understand the process, care, and cost involved. By working with our trusted Henderson Dentists, you can ensure that you receive the best possible care and achieve the results you're looking for.

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