Great! You want to know more about Dental Crowns and when they are used to brighten your smile? Well, you have found the right web page!
On this page you will find all the information you need to understand the benefits of what dental crowns for teeth have in store for you. We accept most PPO Dental Insurance coverage, have financing options available, and different material options so don’t worry… just enjoy the benefits of your new Crowns!
To start, lets explain what crowns for teeth are. Crowns are a dental treatment used to restore, strengthen, or enhance your natural teeth. Also referred to as a “cap,” crowns can made from a variety of materials which encase a prepared tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns can be used on a single tooth, part of a dental bridge, or to replace a tooth or teeth as part of a dental implant treatment.
Top 6 Reasons You May Need A Dental Crown
There are many reasons a dentist, like Dr. Albik, may recommend a dental crown as part of your treatment plan. The six most common reasons you may need a crown include:
1. Restoration of a tooth with a large amount of tooth decay:
In some cases where a tooth has a large amount of decay (large cavity) a traditional dental filling may not provide the strength required to properly restore a tooth. In these cases, Dr. Albik may recommend a crown to ensure the repaired tooth functions properly.
2. Coverage for a dental implant:
When a missing tooth or teeth need to be replaced with a dental implant, the last step in the process is to place a replacement tooth made from a dental crown on the implant or implant supported bridge or denture. To learn more about the implant process, please visit our Dental Implants page or schedule a free consultation with Dr. Albik today.
3. Replace a missing tooth or teeth with a dental bridge:
A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge, which can replace one or more teeth, is attached to natural teeth on both sides of the missing teeth by a dental crown. The false tooth, called a “potonic” is fixed between the crowns.
4. Restore worn down, weak, or cracked teeth:
Over the course of time there are a range of factors including, oral hygiene practices, genetics, and clenching or grinding your teeth which may cause natural teeth to become worn down, weak or cracked. To address these conditions, Dr. Albik may recommend using a crown for teeth that have have been affected.
5. Restoration after a root canal treatment:
If you receive a root canal to help save an infected or abscessed tooth, your dentist will likely recommend restoring the tooth with a permanent crown. Your dentist may first attach a temporary crown or filling to the tooth as protection during the healing process and while your permanent crown is developed.
6. Cosmetic Reasons (Discolored or Misshaped Teeth)
Discolored or misshaped teeth are a common cosmetic reason Dr. Albik may recommend a dental crown as part of your treatment plan. Discoloration can occur due to extrinsic or intrinsic factors. Extrinsic discoloration occurred when the outer enamel layer of the tooth becomes stained from eating, drinking, or smoking. Intrinsic discoloration occurs when the inner structure, or dentin, darkens or appears to have a yellow tint. Before Dr. Albik recommends a crown as part of your treatment, he may suggest alternative Cosmetic Dentistry options like Teeth Whitening Treatments or Porcelain Veneers to restore your bright smile.
“Dr. Albik and his dental assistant were both so helpful taking care of my cracked tooth. I was so relieved I wouldn’t lose the entire tooth and would need two dental visits. They made me very comfortable during the whole dental crown procedure, which isn’t easy to do! Thanks for the amazing dental care!”
– Alex P. – El Dorado Hills, CA
What Does A Dental Crown Treatment Cost?
The cost of a dental crown treatment generally starts at $900 and may increase based the unique requirements of the treatment plan recommended by your dentist. The two most common factors the affect the treatment cost include:
- What is required to prepare the tooth for the crown. Root canals, dental implants, and bridges all require more preparation and materials.
- Type of materials used. Porcelain fused to metal crowns tend to be the most cost effective, while more aesthetically preferred options like e.max or zirconia can increase the cost.
Dental Insurance plans may cover part or all the treatment cost. Our friendly treatment coordinators can review your dental benefits with you to identify your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance or need payment options to cover a co-pay, we can recommend convenient and affordable in-house financing options with CareCredit.
Common Types of Crown Materials
There are several types of materials used for crowns to accomplish your specific oral health needs. Stainless steel, metal alloys, resin, porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of these materials can all be used to create crowns for teeth. Some materials are used for strength while some are chosen for aesthetic purposes. At El Dorado Family Dental, Dr. Albik will review your dental health history along with the location of the crown to determine what material will work best for you. The three most common types of materials the doctor will recommend are:
- IPS e.max: These crowns are made from ceramic which can be matched to the color of the surrounding natural teeth. The e.max crowns cost less than zirconia in most cases while still providing good strength. This is Dr. Albiks first choice for treating front teeth.
- Zirconia: Zirconia is very strong, durable, and 100% biocompatible. There are two types of zirconia used for crowns, solid and high translucent. Solid zirconia is primarily used for teeth that require increased strength such as molars. High translucent zirconia can be better matched to the natural color of your teeth.
- Porcelain Fused to Nobel Metals (PFM): Once considered a strong option, PFM crowns have been surpassed by zirconia and e.max. PFMs now offer a more cost-effective option for patients. While still a durable material, they can show more wear and can chip or break easier when compared to other options. Over time, a dark line can also become more noticeable around the bottom of the crown near the gum line. Dr. Albik will generally only recommend this option some implant crowns.
“I can’t express how much I appreciate El Dorado Family Dental. My dental anxiety kept me from going to the dentist for years. After a tooth started causing severe pain I searched for an office that provided emergency dental care. Dr. Albik was able to see me just an hour later. He explained the pain was from an abscessed tooth and would require a root canal treatment. The whole staff made me feel comfortable and stayed late to make sure I was taken care of. Two weeks later they placed my permanent crown and made me promise I would take better care of my oral health, which I will!!”
– Francisco C. – Folsom, CA
Dental Crown Procedure
Want to know what to expect with your dental crown procedure? First, you can rest assured that we make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible before, during, and after your treatment. There are generally two dental visits needed to complete the process of preparing your tooth, creating the crown and final placement. The appointments are typically scheduled two weeks apart. If you feel you may experience any dental anxiety during your visit, Dr. Albik can discuss sedation dentistry options to help put you at ease.
First Appointment: Preparation of the Tooth and Crown
During your first visit, our staff will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. If needed, additional x-rays or digital impressions will be taken. Once the doctor has reviewed the full process with you, he will start the procedure by numbing the tooth and gums around the treatment area with a local anesthetic.
The next step in preparing the tooth is shaping it to allow the new crown to fit properly. During this process, Dr. Albik will remove part of the natural tooth. The type of crown and reason for the treatment will determine how much of the tooth will need to be removed. This step is critical to the long-term strength and stability of the new crown.
Once the tooth is prepped, it is washed and dried to achieve a perfect impression mold. The mold is created with an impression tray filled with a soft putty-like material which is pressed down over the shaped tooth and adjacent teeth. The mold ensures your new crown will be a perfect fit over the prepared tooth. A bite impression is also taken to confirm all your teeth align properly for optimal biting and chewing. Dr. Albik with then create a color match to ensure the new crown will blend with the surrounding natural teeth.
To protect the prepped tooth while the permeant crown is being developed, Dr. Albik will place a temporary crown on the tooth. He will then review the best home oral care for your tooth between appointments. While the temporary crown is in place, we recommend avoiding chewing gum or sticky foods to keep it securely in place.
After your appointment you may experience slight discomfort which will diminish over the next few hours or day. Depending on the cause for your treatment, the relief of fixing the problem is usually greater than any discomfort you feel.
Creating Your Custom Solution
While you begin to feel relief after Dr. Albik has treated the cause of the tooth pain, your customized crown is being developed. The impression mold and color match sample are sent to our state-of-the-art dental laboratory which first creates a plaster cast of the crown. The crown is then carefully crafted using the materials chosen in your treatment plan. This process generally takes less than two weeks to complete.
Second Appointment: Crown Placement
The crown placement much easier and less time consuming than the first appointment. Dr. Albik will begin by again numbing tooth and gums. Once fully numb, he will remove the temporary crown and clean the area.
The permanent crown is then placed over the tooth to check fit and appearance. Dr. Albik will have you perform bite tests to ensure the fit and alignment of the crown are comfortable and will perform at the highest level. Any minor adjustments are made then retested.
Once Dr. Albik is certain the fit and function are optimized, the crown is cemented in place. Final bite tests are done to confirm the final placement is correct. Any excess cement material is cleaned away and your appointment will finish with home care instructions.
Caring for Your Crown
The best way to care for your new crown is very similar to the best oral hygiene practices recommended by your dentist for your teeth and gums including:
- Brushing your teeth, a minimum of twice a day and flossing once a day to remove and or prevent plaque from forming around the crown and natural teeth.
- Avoid chewing on hard foods, like ice, or hard objects like pens and pencils which could damage the crown.
- Regular six month Dental Exams and Cleanings with your dentist.
If the initial issue was caused due to clenching or grinding your teeth, or if you believe it may be a problem, Dr. Albik may recommend wearing a dental guard at night for protection. Repeated grinding or clenching your jaw can wear down or damage your crown (and natural teeth) over time.
Do you want to eliminate the pain in your mouth from a badly decayed, cracked, or worn tooth? Dental crowns from El Dorado Family Dental are a great treatment option to restore, strengthen, or enhance your natural teeth. Let Dr. Albik and our top-rated dental office relieve your aching tooth or restore your beautiful smile! Contact our office to schedule a free consultation a develop a customized solution for your dental health needs today.