A dental crown is simply a cap that goes over a tooth. In this common procedure, a dental
crown is often used to strengthen and/or improve the appearance of a tooth, especially if it is
damaged, worn-out, or requires a large filling.
Reasons for a Crown
Essentially, a dental crown restores the shape, size, original color, and function of a tooth. Used for medical and cosmetic purposes, they are as common a dental procedure as fillings and root canals. You may get a crown to:
- Keep a large filling in place that your tooth may otherwise not be able to support
- Attach a bridge
- Prevent a weak tooth from breaking (especially after a root canal)
- Repair an already broken tooth
- Improve the color and look of your teeth
What are the signs you might need a crown?
If you’re experiencing dental pain from an old cavity, a cracked tooth, a bridge, or anything else, you may need a crown. Let your MCDC dentist know about your discomfort. We’ll take a look and determine if a crown is right for you. Whether you need a crown or not, we’ll work out a plan to get you feeling better!
Dental Crown FAQs
Crowns are typically made from porcelain, but there are other options. Your dentist will discuss the various options and help you figure out what best meets your needs. Factors that impact material selection include:
- Tooth location
- How much of the tooth will show in your smile
- Position of your gum tissue
- Function of the tooth that needs the crown
- How much of the tooth is remaining
- Color of the surrounding teeth
Dental crowns can range in price, especially when it comes to material and the size of the tooth. Dental insurance plans also vary. Our dental team is here to help you evaluate your coverage details and determine costs. We also have two options that make dental care more affordable: MyDental Plan and Care Credit, which we are happy to discuss with you.
Once your crown is in, it is important to take good care of it. Typically, a crown will last 5-15 years before needing to be replaced. The better you take care of it, the longer it will last, so proper maintenance will save you money in the long run.
- Practice careful brushing. Remember to brush gently twice a day.
- Floss daily to keep your teeth, including your crown, in tip-top shape.
- Avoid hard foods. Chewing ice or hard foods might cause a crown or other teeth to crack.
A crown can be a very useful solution to a significant problem with one of your teeth. But there are risks and possible complications that you might experience after getting a crown.
- Teeth sensitivity: It’s not unusual for a crowned tooth to be sensitive to heat or cold. Adjusting the crown may help, so let us know if you experience this issue.
- Chipped crown: Certain crowns can be vulnerable to chipping. We may be able to repair small chips.
- Knocked out or loose crown: Crowns can get loose or even fall out if there isn’t enough cement keeping them in place. If it feels wiggly, let us know!
- Gum irritation: If you notice your gums around your crown getting sore or irritated, or if they start bleeding, this could be a sign of gum disease. Contact your MCDC office, and we’ll advise you on next steps.
Crowns often require three appointments. Here’s what you can expect:
- Exam: We will go over treatment options and what type of crown is the best fit for you. We will also discuss the cost at this appointment.
- Reshaping: Next, we’ll numb your tooth and remove the outer portion of it. Then an impression will be made to serve as the basis for the mold. While the crown is being made, your tooth will be capped with a temporary crown to protect it. We will remove any dental decay or infection before reshaping the teeth.
- Fitting: After 2-3 weeks, you will be notified that the crown is ready. You’ll come in for your third appointment, during which we will mount the dental crown. Once we ensure it fits your natural bite and tooth color, we’ll permanently cement it.
- Care call: Caring for you is our number one priority, so someone from our dental team will follow up with a phone call. During this call, we’ll answer any questions and address any concerns.
No matter your treatment, we want to ensure that you receive the highest quality, individualized care and that it’s delivered with compassion, so please don’t hesitate to provide feedback on your experience with us.