Dental Crowns, Dental Caps and CEREC® Dental Restorations
Usually made with porcelain, a CEREC dental crown looks and feels like a real tooth, and is used to provide strength and protection to the teeth, especially after procedures like a root canal. However, crowns can also be made from metal (gold, nickel, or steel), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all porcelain, or ceramic. Crowns with a porcelain or ceramic exterior are less durable than metal crowns, but they look and feel more like natural teeth. During the consultation, Dr. Ross will discuss your all of your crown options.
City Smiles DC conducts thorough examinations to determine whether or not same-day CEREC crowns are the best option. Once this initial consultation has proven a patient is a good candidate for CEREC, Dr. Ross will move forward with the treatment. CEREC crowns restore teeth’s shape, size, and strength by covering the visible portions of the teeth or dental implants. Dr. Ross bonds CEREC crowns in place, which means they can only ever be safely removed by a dentist.
DENTAL IMPLANT WITH CROWN
While we offer fixed restorations with crowns, we also offer dental implants, which is a more in-depth dental procedure, that ends with a dental crown after the end of a healing process. A dental implant involves a surgically placed titanium screw planted inside the jawbone that fuses itself into place. Once it is healed, an abutment is placed on top of the screw. Once the implant has healed, we will then place a fixed restoration, your crown, to the top of the implant. If you would like to learn more about dental implants versus a dental crown, we would be happy to explain the procedure further, and discuss the options with you to make the best decision for your dental needs.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A dental crown usually takes only one appointment to complete. During the appointment, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown, take impressions of the tooth for the crown, and place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it. The impressions are sent to our in-house dental laboratory where a customized crown(s) is created for the patient. Once their fixed crown(s) is complete, it is fitted and set by the dentist. The crown may need some minor adjustments to accommodate the patient's natural bite.
Patients do not usually have any pain after a crown is placed, but some patients experience discomfort or tooth sensitivity. Depending on the material, crowns can last from 7-40 years. Patients can extend the life of their crown by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting their dentist for regular exams and cleanings. If oral health is neglected, the tooth under the crown may develop a cavity or infection that will require more extensive treatment, like a root canal.
The total cost of a dental crown will depend on the materials used, as well as the amount of teeth treated, their condition, size, and location. The dentist will go over estimated costs and financing options during the patient’s consultation and the front office can check with the patient’s insurance to determine if any of their costs are covered.
PROTECT AND STRENGTHEN
If you are concerned about the condition of your teeth, schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross in Washington, DC to learn more about how crowns can help you. Everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile, so come in soon to City Smiles DC to find out how you can improve yours.