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Dental Crowns: Uses, Procedure, and Cost

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Are you experiencing dental pain or are unsatisfied with the appearance of your smile? You may want to consider the benefits of dental crowns. Dental crowns can cover up and prevent further damage to cracked or decaying teeth so you can enjoy a stronger healthier smile. A tooth restoration dentist can help you determine whether a dental crown is appropriate for the level of tooth damage present.

In this blog post, you will learn about how dental crowns can be used to improve your smile, how crowns work, and their cost to patients. For more information, we recommend you consult with an Novi dentist in your area.

Dental Crown Uses

Dental crowns are used to repair many different kinds of tooth damage. If you have experienced any of the following issues with your teeth, you may want to consider talking with your dentist about getting a dental crown.

  • Broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Teeth in need of dental bridges
  • Large cavities
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Discolored teeth

Crown Procedure

You will need to go to the dentist’s office two times from the moment your x-rays are taken to the moment your new crown is cemented in place.

First, your doctor will take x-rays of your teeth to make sure that your tooth is healthy enough to support a dental crown. If your tooth passes inspection, your dentist will locally anesthetize your tooth and surrounding gum tissue before filing down the tooth that will be receiving the crown. The tooth enamel on the chewing surface and sides of the tooth will be filed down to make room for the dental crown that will be placed during your next dental appointment.

In the meantime, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to be sent to the lab and put a temporary crown over your tooth.

During your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and put the permanent crown in its place. Local anesthesia is used during this process so you don’t experience any dental discomfort or pain. If you take good care of your dental crown, you can expect it to last for anywhere up to 40 years.

Cost of Dental Crowns

The cost of dental crowns depends on which of the different types of crowns you choose and can range from anywhere between $500 and $900 per tooth. Keep in mind that these are just estimates and may not reflect the actual cost of your dental crown. For this reason, we recommend you check with your insurance company to see if your policy covers dental crown procedures. Porcelain crowns make for the most expensive crowns, followed by gold crowns and porcelain fused to metal crowns. The type of dental crown material determines the price.

Dental crown treatmentscan correct many different types of cosmetic dental issues from tooth discoloration to cracked teeth. If you are interested in achieving your best smile, we recommend you speak with a knowledgeable family practice dentist. They will be able to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision for your oral health.

If you are interested in learning more about our dental crown service, please feel free to call our Novi family dentists at (248) 476-9121. Dr. Stephen J. Minns DDS is dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles.