Perfectly Seamless Tooth Restoration
Imagine a stylish “cap” for your tooth, designed to save the day when it’s broken, treated by a root canal, stained, decayed, or simply not the right shape. These custom-crafted dental crowns seamlessly blend with the colour and shape of your natural teeth, and they’re built to last for over 15 years! But wait, there’s more! These versatile crowns can also act as supportive pillars for dental bridges, crown the top of dental implants, or even be used for cosmetic enhancements and aesthetic transformations. They truly are the ultimate dental multitaskers!
What’s the process of getting a crown?
A dental crown procedure usually requires two office visits and is performed by a dentist.
Here is how we go about it:
Examining and preparing the tooth
As with any other kind of dental treatment, everything starts with the dental examination, during which the doctor will check and clean your teeth so they are prepared for an easy fit. If the tooth is broken or severely damaged by decay, we will remove the damaged areas so the dental crown can do its work protecting the tooth from further decay.
Shaping the Crown
Next, with the help of dental putty, we will take an impression of your teeth that will be used to construct full porcelain crowns. You will then be provided with a temporary dental crown that will be fitted onto your teeth until your following appointment. If you are missing a tooth and wish to replace it with a dental implant, we will take an impression of the implant and the surrounding teeth. Our lab will use the impression to manufacture your own custom crown.
Placing the Crown
At your second appointment, we will remove your temporary crown and replace it with a permanent crown. The crown will be secured using durable dental cement or a hidden screw. To complete the process, we will polish your crown and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort and security.
Cost Of Dental Crowns In Cornwall
When it comes to the cost of dental crowns in Cornwall, there is a range that depends on various factors. If you have insurance coverage, you can expect an average out-of-pocket cost of around $200 to $600+ for a single crown. However, without insurance, a reasonable estimate would be in the ballpark of $800 to $1200 and beyond. While most people find getting a dental crown to restore their smile and oral health an easy decision, it’s understandable that the cost may make you pause and consider your options.
Several factors contribute to determining the cost of a dental crown:
- Type and material of the crown: Different types of crowns (e.g., porcelain, ceramic, metal) have varying costs due to their unique properties and manufacturing processes.
- Procedure complexity and location: The complexity of the dental procedure and the geographical location of the dental practice can influence the overall cost.
- Number of crowns required: If multiple teeth need crowns, the cost will increase accordingly.
- Combination with other dental appliances: If crowns are used in conjunction with dental bridges or other appliances, it can impact the overall cost.
- Specific supplies and equipment needed: Certain cases may require additional materials or specialized equipment, which can affect the final cost.
It’s essential to remember that an accurate quote cannot be provided over the phone as your treatment needs are unique. To receive an accurate cost estimate, it’s advisable to consult with a dentist, undergo an oral examination, and discuss your treatment options. If you have dental insurance, the dental practice can provide a quote for you to submit to your insurance provider, helping you determine your out-of-pocket expenses before making a decision.
Contact us today
to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
The necessity of a crown following a root canal procedure largely depends on the tooth’s location in the mouth. Teeth located towards the back, such as molars and premolars, play a crucial role in chewing and often require crowns for added strength and durability. On the other hand, incisors or canines, which are not heavily involved in chewing, may not always necessitate crowns.
When comparing a crown to a filling, one notable distinction is the durability factor, especially for teeth with significant biting surfaces. Fillings placed on the biting surfaces of molars can be prone to chipping or becoming loose due to the repetitive pressure of chewing or habitual clenching. In contrast, a crown forms a single, unbroken surface that extends from the gumline to the gumline, enabling it to withstand much greater force over an extended period. Crowns are specifically designed to handle substantial pressure over time.
In your mouth, dental crowns serve two crucial purposes. Firstly, they restore the full functionality of your tooth, allowing you to comfortably close your teeth and chew without any pain or discomfort. You no longer need to compensate by chewing on one side. Secondly, but equally significant, crowns are meticulously crafted to seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth. They are colour-matched and contoured to match your aesthetic seamlessly. In fact, at times, people even forget which tooth is the crowned one, as it seamlessly integrates with the rest of your smile.
A post isn’t quite a dental implant (which is surgically implanted in the jaw bone) but it is exactly what it sounds like: a medical-grade post that may be cemented into a prepared root-canal to reinforce the base and core of a dental crown. Dental posts are only used if there isn’t enough healthy tooth left over to reliably hold a crown.
When it comes to getting a crown, the process can resemble getting a filling, depending on the condition of your tooth. We prioritize your comfort and take the necessary time to ensure the area is thoroughly numbed, using local anesthesia if needed, so that the preparation of your tooth is painless. It’s normal to experience some sensitivity or slight soreness in the gums around the treated tooth for a brief period after the procedure. If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist, please inform us! We’re dedicated to easing your concerns and creating a comfortable experience for you. Your peace of mind is important to us.
Typically, dental crowns have a lifespan of approximately 15 years. However, with proper care and maintenance, they can endure for an impressive 25 to 30 years. By taking diligent steps to preserve their longevity, you can enjoy the benefits of a well-maintained crown for an extended period of time.