Dental Crowns 101
Dental Crowns 101
Your dentist recommended that you get a crown. Then you got a barrage of information about options, technology, health benefits and prices, replete with dental jargon and unfamiliar brand names.
If you’re a little confused, don’t feel bad. Consider this article your gateway to understanding this procedure.
What are crowns?
Crowns are caps for your teeth. They are made out of some type of durable, protective substance. A special type of dental cement helps them stick to the teeth below — or to dental implants.
Crowns have been around for a long time. You may be familiar with the type made from gold, sometimes mistakenly referred to as “gold teeth.” Gold crowns are still available, but nearly everyone these days prefers the natural look and feel of high-tech ceramics.
Why do you get crowns?
Your dentist should tell you the exact reason for any crown recommendation. Usually, it would be one of the following:
- Supplementing fillings
- Covering abnormally shaped or discolored teeth
- Fixing broken teeth
- Preventing teeth from breaking
- Supplementing bridgework
How long do dental crowns last?
Your hygiene habits and general oral health could have an effect on the longevity of your crown. The material you choose could also make a difference.
Your dentist could also help. We always try to set our patients up for the maximum lifespan of any prosthetic dental treatment we provide.
With crowns, this usually means setting a good schedule for preventative dentistry, establishing hygiene practices and recommending products that could make upkeep easier. As a result, many of our patients have crowns that have lasted well past the average of 5-15 years.
How much do crowns cost?
Materials, additional procedures, tooth preparation: All of these and more could increase the cost of your crown. The dentist office you choose also could increase the cost.
We keep prices low with good management and overhead cost reduction. We also make a point to offer every alternative — not just the latest, most expensive option.
Do I really need a crown?
Believe it or not, dental crowns are very common. Recommendations are even more so.
That means that some dentists and hygienists, if you catch them on a busy day, might try to rush you through the information. At Dental Design Studio, we make sure you know the “how”, “why” and “what” before you make a decision.
If you have any questions at all, please come in for a free, no-obligation consultation. We are happy to set the time aside to explain everything to you, get to know your needs and give you options that could work for you.