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Dental Crowns

Crowns are a restorative option that can help improve the appearance and function of your smile. Crowns are placed over damaged, misshapen, or heavily stained teeth to help provide additional support, a more even biting surface, or just a more pleasant aesthetic.

What dental crowns used for:

  • Reinforcing teeth that have already been treated with fillings or root canals
  • Strengthening teeth with weak or eroded enamel
  • Supporting dental bridges
  • Repairing cracked, broken, or fractured teeth
  • Artificial teeth as part of dental implants
  • Making discolored, slightly crooked, or disproportionate teeth look more uniform with other teeth

Restorative treatments like crowns are just some of the affordable dental services Castle Dental offers. We’re proud to provide comprehensive dental care to all patients of any age, so that you and your family can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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What’s the process of getting a dental crown?

Getting a dental crown typically takes place over two appointments. First, your dentist will:

Determine what type of crown to use. 

Crowns come in a variety of materials, and your dentist will decide which crown is best for you based on the location of the tooth–including what type of tooth–and the extent of the damage that needs to be treated.

  • Metal Crowns are the most cost effective option. They are durable and hold up well but they do have the appearance of metal, which some people tend to dislike. They are often an appropriate solution when the tooth needing treatment is located in the back of the mouth and harder to see and seeking a less expensive option.
  • PFM crowns offer the best of both worlds. They are in the median price range and are very durable. The majority of the crown is made of metal with a thin layer of porcelain laid across the top. Though most of the metal is camouflaged, a thin line may be exposed at the bottom of the crown.
  • Porcelain crowns are the most naturally looking and most durable, but also the most costly. Your dentist can match the color of the crown to match the surrounding teeth making it undetectable and ideal for teeth that are more visible. Porcelain crowns are nearly as strong as natural enamel and can last decades. 

Once the type of crown is determined, then your dentist will:

Prepare the tooth needing treatment. 

After administering a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding oral tissue, the dentist will take an impression of your tooth for the crown and reshape and smooth the tooth so the crown will fit over it properly and not interfere with your bite. A temporary crown will be placed over the prepared tooth while you wait for the permanent crown to come in and your second appointment.

(While you have the temporary crown, it’s important to avoid sticky or crunchy foods, floss with care, and chew on the opposite side of your mouth to protect it and keep it from shifting.)

During your second appointment, the dentist will:

Remove the temporary crown.

Once the temporary crown is removed, the tooth will be cleaned and prepared for the permanent crown.

Place the permanent crown.

The permanent crown will be placed over the tooth with dental cement or bonding and filed and smoothed to make sure there are no sharp edges and your bite is still aligned properly. 

You should be able to return to your normal activities following the second appointment. You may experience some slight sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, especially in the treated tooth and surrounding tissue, but this should subside within two weeks. Be sure to brush and floss twice daily and make and keep any dental checkup appointments so the crowned tooth can be monitored alongside your overall dental health. 

If you do experience pain during chewing, jaw pain, movement in the crown or feel sharp edges be sure to notify your dentist immediately. 

What will a dental crown cost?

The cost of a dental crown depends on multiple factors, such as:

  • Where is the crown located? 
  • What kind of material is being used? 
  • How severe is the problem?
  • Did you need any other dental procedures to prepare for the crown?

Without insurance crowns can vary widely, from $800 – $3000, so it’s important to check with a Castle Dental office for exact pricing. In addition to accepting most dental insurance plans–many of which will pay for most or all of the cost of crown if it is preventative or restorative treatment–we provide several financing and payment options to help you afford the care you need. We also offer the OneSmile Dental Plan, which offers members discounts on all dental services for one low annual fee.

Create a Beautiful Smile with Crowns from Castle Dental

At Castle Dental, we make getting–and keeping–a beautiful smile easy and affordable with flexible scheduling and hours, convenient locations and multiple financial options. Our OneSmile plan provides free dental checkups and discounted dental services for one low annual rate, and we accept CareCredit and most major dental insurances. 

You deserve a smile you can be proud of. Call us today at 1-800-867-6453 or visit us online to find your nearest location and make an appointment today.