Dental Crowns for Stronger and Stunning Teeth!
A dental crown, often referred to as a “cap,” is a personalized restoration that covers a tooth, whether it’s fractured, treated with a root canal, discolored, decayed, or irregularly shaped. These meticulously crafted and custom-fitted crowns seamlessly blend with the color and shape of your existing teeth, ensuring a natural appearance and durability for over 15 years. Additionally, crowns may serve as support for dental bridges, cover dental implants, or be utilized for cosmetic enhancements to enhance aesthetics and achieve desired smile modifications.
What To Expect At A Dental Crown Appointment?
A dental crown procedure usually requires two office visits and is performed by a dentist.
Here is how we go about it:
Assessing the Tooth and Preparing for the Crown
At the beginning of your dental crown appointment, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of the affected tooth, assessing its condition and determining the necessity for a dental crown. X-rays might be taken to assess the tooth’s roots and surrounding structures. If a crown is the appropriate solution, the dentist will discuss the treatment plan with you, explaining the process and addressing any questions or concerns you may have. During this stage, your dentist will also discuss the different types of crown materials available and help you choose the best option based on your needs and budget.
Crafting the Custom Crown and Temporary Protection
Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. This impression is used to create a custom-designed crown that fits perfectly in your mouth, matching the color and shape of your natural teeth. While the permanent crown is being fabricated in a dental laboratory, the dentist will provide a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth. This temporary crown is usually made from acrylic or stainless steel and serves to maintain the tooth’s functionality and appearance until the permanent crown is ready.
The Last Steps: Fitting and Cementing the Crown
In the final appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and ensure the fit and appearance of the permanent crown. Adjustments may be made as necessary to ensure a comfortable bite and a seamless blend with your other teeth. Once you and the dentist are satisfied with the crown’s fit and appearance, it will be permanently cemented into place. The dentist will use a special dental adhesive to bond the crown to your prepared tooth. With the crown in place, you can expect restored function, improved aesthetics, and the ability to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks with confidence. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental check-ups to ensure the longevity of your dental crown.
The Price of Dental Crowns in Las Vegas
The Out-of-Pocket Cost for Dental Crowns in Las Vegas can vary widely from patient to patient. With a typical insurance plan, a single crown averages out to about $200 to $600 or more. Without insurance, a reasonable ballpark figure for a crown would be about $800 to $1200 and beyond.
So, what factors contribute to determining the cost of a dental crown?
- Type of Crown and Material: The choice of crown type (e.g., porcelain, ceramic, metal, etc.) and the quality of materials used can influence the overall cost.
- Number of Crowns Required: If multiple crowns are needed, there may be package deals or discounts available.
- Combining with Other Dental Appliances: If the crown is part of a more extensive treatment plan, such as combining it with dental bridges, the overall cost may vary accordingly.
- Supplies and Equipment: The specific supplies and equipment required for your individual treatment can impact the overall expense.
Keep in mind that providing an accurate quote over the phone is not feasible for any dental practice. Your needs and requirements are as unique as your smile. It is essential to schedule a consultation with a dentist and undergo an oral exam to explore all your treatment options and receive an accurate quote. If you have dental insurance, we’d be delighted to offer you a quote that you can submit to them, allowing you to determine your out-of-pocket costs before making a decision. Our team is here to assist you in achieving a healthy and confident smile.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental crowns play two important roles in your mouth. First and foremost, they completely restore the function of your tooth which means you can close your teeth and chew without pain or discomfort or without having to compensate by chewing on one side. Secondarily (but also important!) crowns are designed to blend in with your natural teeth. That means they are colored and contoured to match your aesthetic. In fact, sometimes people forget altogether which tooth is the crown
Needing a crown after a root canal depends highly on the location of the tooth in the mouth—teeth towards the back of the mouth like molars and premolars are needed more for chewing, and generally require crowns, where incisors or canines which aren’t needed for chewing don’t always require crowns.
One difference between a crown vs filling is that a crown is much more durable for teeth with a large biting surface. Repeated pressure from chewing or from habitual clenching can cause fillings on the biting surfaces of molars to chip or come loose. A crown, being a single unbroken surface from gumline to gumline, is designed to take much more force over a longer period of time.
A post isn’t quite a dental implant (which is surgically implanted in the jaw bone) but it is exactly what it sounds like: a medical-grade post that may be cemented into a prepared root-canal to reinforce the base and core of a dental crown. Dental posts are only used if there isn’t enough healthy tooth left over to reliably hold a crown.
Depending on the state of your tooth, getting a crown can feel a bit like getting a filling. We take our time to patiently numb the area and then use freezing as necessary so the preparation of your tooth isn’t painful. You may feel a little sensitivity or some soreness in the gums around the tooth for a short period of time following your procedure. If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist, let us know! We would love to put your mind at ease and make your experience as comfortable as possible.
In most cases, dental crowns can last up to 15 years. However, if they are properly maintained, they can last for 25-30 years.
A dental crown is maintained just like a natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing keep your dental crown – and the supporting gum around it – healthy and clean. Regular cleanings and checkups at your dentist are essential to your oral health.
Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys (such as gold or silver), or a combination of materials. The choice of material depends on factors like aesthetics, durability, and cost.
In some cases, dental bonding or veneers might be viable alternatives for cosmetic improvements. However, if the tooth is significantly damaged or decayed, a crown is often the best option for restoring its strength and function.
In most cases, dental insurance partially covers the cost of dental crowns, especially if they are necessary for functional reasons. However, the extent of coverage may vary depending on your insurance plan. It’s best to check with your dental insurance provider to understand your specific coverage.
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