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Dental Crowns

Treatment Information

 

A crown is a custom made tooth that strengthens a tooth by surrounding the remaining tooth with porcelain or gold. It is also known as a cap. A crown slides on top of the natural tooth to make the tooth look and feel perfect again. Once a crown is in place it acts and feels like a natural tooth.

When is a crown needed?

A crown helps in many situations. When a tooth is badly broken down the crown restores the tooth to its natural shape and function. When a tooth has an unpleasant appearance a crown can make it perfect again. A tooth with a root canal often needs a crown because these teeth are dry and prone to fracture. A tooth with a fracture can be saved by a crown. Some teeth with large fillings will last longer if they are crowned.

What if I choose not to have a crown?

That depends on each tooth. A crown preserves and protects the tooth and so without it you have a higher chance of losing that tooth. Ask the dentist how urgent your crown is.

How important are the gums to a crown?

The gums are like the foundation of a house; no matter how good the tooth is, it needs a strong foundation. If the gums around a crown are weak or bleed easily then that crown may not last as long as it could.

What appointments are needed?

It takes two appointments to make a crown. At one appointment the tooth is prepared for a crown and a temporary crown is placed. At your next appointment an ideally fitting crown is placed.

What is the fee for a crown?

The fee is a combination of the cost of the lab work (gold and porcelain) and the dental work the dentist does. Also, the fee varies depending if the tooth needs pins, posts, building up, gum surgery, gum disease treatment or any other special care. Ask us for more information on our dental fees.

How long should a crown last?

A well taken care of crown should last indefinitely. It is important that you take care of your crowns on a daily basis with brushing and flossing. Also, let us check it regularly to ensure it is still in excellent condition.

*Practice of General Dentistry

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