Why Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns, or “caps,” are used to restore the function and appearance of a tooth that has become fractured, chipped, decayed, or undergone a root canal procedure. In years past, only gold and porcelain veneers were available. Nowadays, dental crowns come in a vast assortment of durable, lifelike materials. These include options such as lithium disilicate, ceramic glass, and yttria-stabilized zirconia.
To bring dental crowns to Miami, CG Smile offers crown placements as part of our comprehensive CG Smile Makeover. Contact us today to schedule a dental crown consultation.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns, or “caps,” fall under two categories of dentistry: dental restorations and cosmetic dentistry. The primary purpose of a dental crown is to strengthen and protect a tooth compromised by tooth decay, a fracture, or has undergone root canal therapy, but dental crowns are also used for cosmetic purposes.
At CG Smile, we have a master ceramist on site to make the process of having a dental crown placed as quick and convenient as possible. (Plus, you'll love the results!)
Dental crowns are available in a range of materials, including ceramic, eMax, zirconia, Empress®, and monolithic zirconia. We would be happy to recommend a type that will work best for your esthetic and oral health goals.
Porcelain Crowns Before & After
Why are Dental Crowns Used?
Dental crowns are used to treat a range of conditions that threaten the health, stability, and appearance of a tooth. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown under one of the following scenarios:
- You have a cavity that cannot be treated with only a filling
- You have a tooth that is worn down and missing enamel
- You have an advanced stage of tooth decay and the tooth is weakened
- You’ve undergone root canal therapy and need a crown to stabilize the tooth
- You have a tooth that is fractured or cracked
- You wish to cosmetically enhance a tooth that is diminishing your smile
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What’s a Dental Crown Procedure Like?
Prior to starting the process, the dentist will likely order X-rays or a CT scan. The dentist uses information from these scans to gain a better understanding of your general oral health and determine if there are any issues below the surface that could complicate your dental crown procedure.
Preparing The Tooth
Fitting and Placement
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Dental Crown Aftercare
Following your appointment to have your dental crown placed, you will receive information and advice on how to maintain your dental restoration. Some sensitivity should be expected the days and weeks following your crown placement. This is due to some natural tooth material (enamel, dentin, etc.) being removed, which means the nerves are now closer to the surface of the tooth. In time, this increased sensitivity will subside.
Caring for your dental crown. It’s important to note that while dental crowns are not subject to cavities in the traditional sense, the gums around the crown do require proper oral health care. Keeping gums healthy is also cosmetically important as a receding gum line can reveal the crown margin, which will require crown lengthening later on.
Be sure to brush twice a day and floss using traditional floss or interdental cleaners. Depending on the type of restoration, you may want to avoid pulling floss away from the gums when flossing between teeth as this could potentially loosen or dislodge the dental crown. Instead, draw the floss through the teeth when you are moving onto the other side of the tooth.
Things to avoid. While some dental crowns are more resilient than others, there is no such thing as a fracture-proof dental crown. Your dentist may caution against the following:
- Hard foods (ice, hard candies, granola, etc.)
- Sticky foods (gum, taffy, caramel, etc.)
- Tough foods (steak, French bread, biscotti, etc.)
If you experience bruxism (teeth grinding), this will factor into the type of dental crown material recommended to you. Depending on the type of material, many dentists will also caution against excessively hot or cold foods and drinks.
Porcelain Crowns FAQ
Like other types of dental restorations, it can be difficult to estimate the cost of dental crowns. For one, the cost can vary based on the materials selected. Secondly, practitioners sometimes charge a premium for their expertise. As a ballpark figure, you can expect to pay somewhere in the range of $1,100 to $3,700 for a dental crown.
Most information you will find on the web will quote a 5 to 15-year lifespan for dental crowns. But it should be noted that lower quality dental crowns are responsible for this low averages. When quality materials are used by an experienced practitioner and the patient takes the necessary precautions to extend the life of the crown, dental crowns can last upwards of 30 years.
Different types of crown materials require different amounts of tooth enamel to be removed. Each crown type requires a certain amount of enamel to be removed. This is done to ensure the placement is strong and stable. On average, 65-75% of the tooth enamel is removed. This sounds like a lot, but it’s important to remember that tooth enamel, on average, only 2.5 mm thick.
Having a dental crown placed comes with about as much discomfort as having a dental filling performed. To help with any pain or discomfort, the dentist may apply a local anesthetic and/or offer conscious sedation.
While there are same-day, single-appointment crown options, most crowns require two or three appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist prepares a tooth and takes impressions. On the follow-up visit (typically several weeks later), the permanent crown is then placed.
Dentists are able to offer same-day crowns by using the latest technologies to replace two time-consuming steps: taking impressions and fabricating the crown. Instead of taking impressions (in the traditional sense) and then sending these to a lab to fabricate the crown, 3D-imaging technology is used to create a highly accurate digital scan of the teeth. These 3D scans are then sent to a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) device that will then create a crown in the patient's chosen material. Using this method, a dentist can create and place a crown all in one visit.
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CG Smile offers complete smile makeovers to help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted (but never thought possible). In addition to dental crowns, our office also offers services such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and veneers. Visit the CG Smile Makeover page for additional information on this service.