Dentist in Pooler GA
Over time, teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks or discoloration. Crowns are used to renew the appearance and function of a tooth. Crowns are not limited to just replacing the original tooth, but can be designed to create an even better aesthetic appearance.
Other reasons for needing a dental crown include:
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
- To cover severely discolored teeth.
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
Also, they are often used in conjunction with root canal therapy, dental implants or as an anchor for a bridge.
The procedure for receiving a crown is as follows:
- X-rays will be taken to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown. If the tooth has extensive decay or there is a risk of infection, a root canal treatment may be performed first.
- Anesthesia is used to numb the area to eliminate pain. The tooth that is receiving the crown will be filed down to make room for the crown.
- Our dentist will make an impression of the tooth. These impressions are sent to the lab where the crown will be fabricated.
- Our doctor fabricates a temporary crown and places it to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made.
- Once your permanent crown arrives, your temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will be placed over your tooth. We will ensure the right fit and color during placement.
- If the permanent crown is acceptable, an anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and the crown will be permanently cemented in place.
Crowns are typically made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. Once treatment is complete, continue to practice proper at home care and keep regular office visits to help your crown last many years. Much like your original teeth, crowns require routine brushing and flossing.
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Dental Crowns FAQs
It all depending on how well you care for your dental crowns and the material they are made with. All-porcelain dental crowns on average last between 10 and 15 years. Forming good dental hygiene habits like brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist will extend the life of your porcelain crowns. Bad habits like chewing ice, eating sugary foods, smoking, and not brushing or flossing can shorten the lifespan of your dental crowns.
Metal crowns by far last the longest, as much as 50 years or even a lifetime. Metal crowns are made from gold, nickel, copper palladium, and chromium, and have amazing strength. People who are allergic to metal may develop irritations from metal crowns. All-porcelain crowns have a shorter lifespan of 10-15 years on average, but they look amazingly natural and are made of biocompatible material. The question comes down to what is more important to you, natural-looking or long-lasting?
Metal crowns do not contain mercury. They are made of gold, nickel, copper palladium, and chromium. Although metal crowns do not contain mercury, they can cause allergic reactions if you have sensitivity to metal. An alternative to metal crowns is porcelain that is biocompatible and looks natural.
Yes. Although dental crowns are an excellent way to protect and strengthen cracked or damaged teeth, if you don't practice good dental hygiene you could develop cavities under your crown. If this happens, we will need to remove the crown, repair the decay, and place a new crown. The best way to prevent this is to avoid sugary foods and brush and floss regularly twice a day to remove bacteria.
Without insurance, a dental crown costs between $1,100 and $1,500 in Pooler, GA. However, the cost of a dental crown depends on the type of crown and any other procedures needed. The two main choices of material are metal and porcelain. We can discuss your options during a consultation and give you a complete rundown of the cost of dental crowns for your particular circumstance.