What are Dental Crowns?
Crowns are covers and caps that a dentist places over your tooth. Dental crowns will restore the standard shape and size of your tooth. So after receiving a crown, you will notice a healthy bite and chewing again. Dental crowns are popular since they improve both your tooth’s strength and look.
How Do I Know I Need A Crown?
Your dentist will recommend a dental crown if they notice:
- a cavity that’s too large for a dental filling
- teeth that are weak, cracked, and worn down
- a tooth needing strengthening after a root canal
- teeth that are poorly shaped and discolored
What Are Crowns Made From?
Crowns can come from several different types of materials. The common materials are stainless steel, metal alloys, ceramic, resin, and porcelain. Crowns often come in an exact color match of your natural teeth.
What’s The Treatment Process?
Expect the crown treatment process to finish in two dental appointments. The procedure is a multistep process that involves:
- Tooth prep involving the removal of the outer part of the tooth for crown fitment. Then following with the removal of tooth decay present. If needed, the dentist will build up the tooth core if there needs to be more support.
- Taking the impression of the exact crown model replica. The impressions can come from a mold or digital tooth scan.
- Placing a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent one. On average, it will take about two weeks for the permanent one to be ready.
- Placement of the permanent crown. The dentist will cement it into place.
What Are The Benefits Of Crowns?
Crowns come with many great benefits. Dentists and patients appreciate that they:
- provide support to a weak or decayed tooth
- give extra protection to a tooth
- adds protection after a root canal treatment
- holds cracked or broken teeth together
- can cover a dental implant
- improves the appearance of your teeth and smile
Is There Any Risks Or Side Effects?
Dental crowns do have some drawbacks. Potential side effects include:
- requiring extensive and irreversible tooth filing before crown fitment
- experiencing discomfort after the procedure
- possibility of the crown chipping or cracking
- dental cement washing away in some patients
- allergic reactions to the crown
- more upfront costs compared to other types of tooth restorations
At Star Dental, our experienced dentists will help you weigh the pros and cons. Our goal is to help you make the best decisions for your oral health.
How Do I Care For My Crown And Teeth After Treatment?
Your crowns are like your natural teeth. They can potentially break and crack. The tooth below the crown can still get cavities. So to help prevent this, we recommend a good dental hygiene. A regimen consisting of:
- Brushing twice daily, along with flossing.
- Avoid eating hard texture foods. Break bad habits such as ice chewing or pencil biting.
- Being consistent with dental checkups and cleanings.
Does Insurance Cover The Crown?
Many insurances provide excellent coverage for dental crowns. Your coverage will vary depending on the type of plan and the benefits you’ve selected. Our staff will be more than happy to check what coverage you have.
Contact Star Dental Group today to find out if crowns are right for you. Our Cosmetic Dentists in Rancho Cucamonga have performed this procedure for many years. To get the best smile, patients need to see the best dentists. At Star Dental Group, we’ve had great success in placing crowns. Restoring smiles is our specialty. Call us today and schedule your appointment. We look forward to creating a fresh and amazing smile for you.