A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Hires Dental Care offers various types of dental crowns and your dentist will make the appropriate recommendation for your oral health needs and cosmetic goals.
A dental crown is one of the most widely used restorations in dentistry today. It serves many purposes and is an important tool for maintaining the natural tooth.
Dental crowns may be recommended for:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Tooth that has a root canal
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
With good oral hygiene and regular preventive care visits your dental crown can last for a lifetime.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Dental crown treatment is generally pain-free. Your dentist will ensure you are as comfortable as possible, offering sedation dentistry options when needed. It is normal to experience mild sensitivity following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 to 3 days.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a crown depends on the material used, location of the tooth and specific condition of the patient. Before your treatment begins, your dentist at Hires Dental Care will complete a full review of the procedure including the dental crown cost. We work with virtually all dental insurance carriers in our Toledo, OH dentist office.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have a broken crown, please contact our Toledo dentist office for an appointment with your dentist. We try to see dental emergency patients on the same day whenever possible.