Dental Crowns – Lady Lake, FL
Repair & Strengthen Your Pearly Whites
Although tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body, it isn’t indestructible. Furthermore, your enamel won’t grow back on its own after being damaged as your bones can. This means that without proper treatment, a weakened or cracked tooth can put you at risk of more serious dental issues. Fortunately, our team at RP Dental & Implants can repair and strengthen your pearly whites with natural-looking, long-lasting, and personalized dental crowns in Lady Lake. Keep reading or reach out to us if you wish to learn more about these restorations today!
Why Choose RP Dental & Implants For Dental Crowns?
- Top-Quality & Long-Lasting Restorations
- Completely Personalized Treatments
- Professional & Caring Dental Staff
What Is a Dental Crown?
While it may appear like a normal permanent tooth, a dental crown is a custom-crafted and hollow “cap” that is meant to properly fit a compromised or injured tooth. By covering the whole portion of the tooth above your gum line, it can restore its function and strength as well as improve its appearance. These restorations can also be constructed out of a wide selection of materials, porcelain being the most popular one. This is due to the ease with which it can match the color of your other teeth, creating a seamless solution for renewing your pearly whites. Dental crowns are typically used to treat the following conditions:
- Teeth with large cavities or fillings
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Mishappen, small, or aesthetically flawed teeth
- Teeth that have been repaired with root canal therapy
- Missing teeth, in combination with a dental implant
The Dental Crown Process
During your initial consultation, we’ll first evaluate your situation to determine if a dental crown is the best option for you. If it is, we can then prepare the affected tooth by removing a small portion of the enamel. This is to ensure enough space for fitting the dental crown in place. We’ll take impressions of your teeth and provide a temporary restoration over your exposed tooth.
After two weeks, the impressions will have been used to construct your permanent crown. Once we get it from the dental lab, we’ll call you in so we can remove and replace your temporary one with your new permanent crown.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown
As one of the most popular restoration treatments, you can expect to enjoy the following benefits from a dental crown:
- A stronger and healthier tooth
- No more discomfort while talking or eating
- Avoid further damage and possible infection
- A durable solution that can last you many years with proper care
- Improved and natural-looking result
Understanding the Cost of Dental Crowns
If you have a decayed or otherwise structurally compromised tooth, you don’t want it to get worse. Fortunately, a dental crown can cover and protect a damaged tooth from additional harm. However, how much do they cost? During your appointment with us, we will discuss exactly how much your treatment will be. Until then, here are some things to take into consideration.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Dental Crowns
There are a variety of factors that can influence the cost of your treatment. Here are just a couple of them:
- Severity of Damage: If you need other procedures, like a root canal, before you can get a dental crown, this will mean a higher overall treatment cost.
- Materials Used: The type of material that is used to create your crown, like amalgam, gold, or porcelain, will affect the price. We make our dental crowns from porcelain for a durable, life-like finish.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?
Yes, dental crowns are generally considered to be a major procedure, so they can have up to 50% of their cost covered by dental insurance if they are deemed to be medically necessary. If you need help understanding your benefits and how they work, talk to one of our friendly team members.
Other Options for Making Dental Crowns Affordable
If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be left completely on your own. Our patients have the option of breaking up their costs into smaller payments using Wells Fargo Financing. They offer low-to-no-interest financing that doesn’t involve surprise fees or unexpected charges. To learn more about your financial options, talk to one of our friendly team members!
To find out exactly how much you can expect your restoration to cost, schedule a consultation with us. We’re looking forward to restoring your smile!
Dental Crowns FAQs
Even as you consider getting a dental crown, you may have concerns about the treatment. Fair enough – most people want to know what to expect from a medical procedure. Grasping the details helps you feel confident about future results. Well, RP Dental & Implants has you covered: listed below are some answers to oft-asked questions about dental crowns. By reading them over, you’ll understand how crowns will help. Otherwise, just call us about other facts you want to learn.
Are Dental Crowns Permanent?
Actually, no – dental crowns aren’t technically permanent. They function for about five to 15 years on average. As such, these dental caps do need replacement at times.
That said, placing a dental crown does involve irreversible work. In particular, prepping a tooth for one requires a dentist to remove bits of enamel. This removal is permanent, so the treated chomper will always need a crown in the future. Otherwise, it’ll suffer sensitivity, bacterial infection, or worse.
On the bright side, a crown does compensate for the enamel loss. By covering decayed areas, it protects a tooth from further harm.
Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?
Thankfully, crown treatment doesn’t hurt at all. Dentists and their teams work to ensure that all stages of it are smooth and comfortable.
For starters, a dentist will numb your mouth for the preparation phase. That way, you won’t feel discomfort as they remove bits of the tooth’s enamel. Sedation can also be added at this point, so you’ll feel nice and calm.
As for the actual placement, the dentist will ask if you’d like to be numbed. Though placing the crown shouldn’t cause pain, they’ll make the offer as a precaution. You’re thus quite likely to have pain-free treatment.
Admittedly, your tooth may feel sensitive following the prep work. Still, this symptom is easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Are Dental Crowns Safe?
Rest assured: a dental crown is 100% safe when placed by a pro dentist. It won’t do any harm to your mouth or health in general.
Take today’s metal crowns, for example. These kinds don’t contain any mercury, so you won’t have to worry about potential toxicity. There is a slight risk of an allergic reaction, but such a thing would be minor at best. For caution’s sake, though, you can always ask for a metal-free crown instead.
Tooth-colored crowns are equally safe. Their materials, which range from ceramic to zirconia, also contain zero toxins. Though a patient might react adversely to dental porcelain, this is highly unlikely.
Do Dental Crowns Feel Natural?
Once you’ve had your crown for a few days, it should feel increasingly natural. You may even forget that it exists!
One reason for this fact is that crowns are durable. By design, they can stand up to everyday chewing forces. As a result, eating with one shouldn’t feel strange.
Furthermore, remember that dentists take precautions when placing a crown. They even reshape your tooth to ensure the cap will fit comfortably. Add the fact that the crown itself is custom-made, and you can trust that it won’t feel awkward or noticeable.