Need A Dental Crown? Here’s What You Need To Know
A dental crown may be recommended for a variety of reasons. If your tooth has diminished in size so significantly that no filling can completely restore the tooth to its original shape, a dental crown may be recommended. Dental crowns can also serve as an additional means of fixing a cavity, even covering a tooth with a filling in order to better insulate the weakened area and provide cosmetic appeal.
When whitening cannot effectively alter the color of a tooth, a dental crown can also be placed over the tooth so that it blends in with the adjacent teeth that have responded to bleaching. Dental crowns are inherently adaptable and offer a more permanent fix to chronic issues related to tooth degradation.
If you or someone you love is considering a crown, keep reading to find out what you need to know about the procedure.
How Much Does A Dental Crown Cost?
The cost of a crown typically ranges between $800 to $1700 for each crown. Generally, insurance covers a portion if not all of the cost since it is a common routine procedure that most people will experience at some point throughout their life. It is important to talk with your insurance company to see what they are expecting you to pay out of pocket. If you are unsure of your insurance coverage, we are happy to look into it for you so you have a full understanding of the costs prior to beginning any treatment.
Does A Dental Crown Require Special Care?
Crowns, just like anything else in the mouth, need to be maintained through brushing and flossing. The crown fits over the tooth, but there is an area where the edge of the crown meets the edge of the tooth. We call this area the margin, and it is susceptible to decay if it is not properly cleaned, flossed, and checked by the dentist regularly.
Will It Be Painful?
When undergoing a crown procedure, our dedicated Buffalo dentists do our best to make the situation as comfortable as possible by numbing your tooth. You are provided a topical anesthetic on your gums before the actual anesthetic is given. There is a chance you will feel a small pinch but should feel no pain. When you receive a dental crown there are many steps during the procedure and can cause discomfort and pain at any time and may have you feeling sore afterwards. Overall it should be a pain-free experience.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
The average shelf life of a dental crown is a decade, but crowns can last for as long as 30 years with proper oral hygiene. This all depends on the patient and her or his oral habits and hygiene, how well the crown is maintained, and the frequency of their dental visits.
If you have any questions about dental crowns, contact Teach Dental Group to learn more about your smile.
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