Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Posted by Jeanne V. Devi DDS on Oct 17 2022, 08:29 AM

What Is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a porcelain restoration that completely covers a tooth. This restoration offers protection and stability for teeth that are broken, worn down, or have large fillings. The crown also improves the appearance of the tooth, as it will be color-matched to the surrounding teeth.

After assessing a patient’s health and level of decay or damage, the dentist may recommend a crown. They will discuss the patient’s options and help them choose the best restorative treatment for their unique needs. 

How Is a Dental Crown Placed?

First, the tooth is cleaned to remove any decay and old filling material. The tooth is then shaped to prepare it for a dental crown. This shaping will remove a portion of the enamel of the tooth to make room for the crown. After the tooth is prepared, an impression will be made of it and the neighboring teeth using a paste-like substance that hardens quickly in just a few minutes. A temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is being made. When it’s ready, the permanent crown will be cemented in place over your tooth. It will be properly fitted so that it won’t come loose or fall out.

How Are Crowns Different From Fillings?

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its size, shape, appearance, and strength. Fillings are used to fill holes and repair tooth decay. The main difference between a crown and a filling is that the crown restores the entire tooth, while a filling only repairs a portion of the tooth’s surface.

What Materials Are Used For Dental Crowns?

There are many different types of crowns, and the types of materials used to create them can vary. Gold alloys, stainless steel, ceramic, acrylic resin, and porcelain are all common materials used for dental crowns. Ceramic and porcelain are the most natural-looking types of crown materials, but gold and metal crowns may be preferable for patients with an allergy to nickel or latex. Discuss your dental crown options with your cosmetic dentist to determine which material is right for you.

How Are the Financing Options For a Dental Crown?

Most dentists offer flexible payment options to help patients fit a crown into their finances. Some dental offices offer payment plans to make paying for new restorations more affordable, while many offices provide financing plans like CareCredit® that allow patients to pay for their dental treatments over time at no interest charges. Your dentist’s office will be able to provide you with more information about these options and help you decide which one is best for your budget.

Visit Jeanne V. Devi DDS at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101, for the best dental care, or call us at (626) 795-2544 to book an appointment.

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