Many people have heard of dental crowns—and many people have dental crowns—but don’t really know what these dental restorations are. If you’ve been the dentist recently and have been told you need a dental crown, you might have questions, such as:
To answer the first question, a dental crown is simply a tooth-shaped cap that fits on top of the patient’s damaged tooth. Its purpose is to restore the tooth’s function and appearance.
Continue reading to learn the answers to the rest of your questions.
Along with there being temporary and permanent dental crowns, they can also be made from several different materials, like:
A dentist may recommend a dental crown for any of the following reasons:
Just like any other dental restoration, the longevity of a dental crown is mostly dependent on how well the person takes care of it. Proper oral hygiene includes brushing two times a day, flossing daily, eating properly, and visiting the dentist regularly. Other factors such as the lifestyle of the patient, material of the dental crown, and expertise of the dentist also affect longevity.
Dental crowns can last anywhere between 5 and 15 years. Generally, metal and PFM crowns last the longest, and ceramic or porcelain typically need to be replaced more often.
Dental crown cost depends on how many crowns are being placed, the material used, and the dentist. When used to restore a damaged tooth, dental crowns are typically covered by insurance. Be sure to choose a dental team that works with your insurance provider. For patients who don’t have insurance, in-office or third-party financing can be utilized.
At Smiles 4 Grant Park, Dr. Abbey J. Lee is passionate about educating her patients on the pros and cons of each treatment. To learn if a dental crown is right for you, call our office today at 404-328-7177 to schedule an initial consultation.