Dental crowns are tooth restorations that are placed over teeth which have become too damaged or decayed to be good candidates for other restoration treatments, such as fillings or dental bonding. Dental crowns are a great way to protect vulnerable teeth and to restore the function and strength of your bite.
Although crowns can be made from several different materials, porcelain crowns are often considered to be the best material. The porcelain is durable, stain resistant, and mimics the look of your natural teeth incredibly well. The gloss and the color of the porcelain are carefully chosen to match the color of your natural teeth, so no one will even know it’s there.
Once he has determined that you need a crown, Dr. Alhadef will evaluate your dental health and the tooth that needs the crown, and will discuss the different crown options available to you. Regardless of which type of crown you choose, however, the procedure is the same. The process of receiving a crown is lengthy, taking at least two visits to Dr. Alhadef’s office over the course of several weeks.
During the first visit, Dr. Alhadef will reshape your tooth, shaving it down on the sides and top to accommodate the crown. If you need a root canal, it will be done during this stage. Then a mold is taken of the prepared tooth, which is sent to a master technician at the lab that will custom make your crown. It takes a few weeks for your crown to arrive, however, so Dr. Alhadef will place a temporary crown over the tooth in the meantime. Once the porcelain crown has arrived, you will return to Dr. Alhadef’s office for a second visit so that he can remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown in place.
CEREC Same Day Crowns
If the thought of taking multiple visits and several weeks to receive a crown is frustrating, there’s good news: it’s now possible for you to get a porcelain crown in a single visit. CEREC’s cutting-edge technology has enabled Dr. Alhadef to design, create, and place a crown in your mouth in just one day.
Using this technology, Dr. Alhadef will take a laser scan of your teeth to create a digital 3-D model of your teeth. CEREC’s technology helps Dr. Alhadef design your crown, examining the crown’s contact points with your natural teeth to ensure that no part of your teeth or the crown will come under too much pressure. He can even examine your bite to ensure that the crown will fit seamlessly into your mouth. Once he is satisfied with the digital model, Dr. Alhadef uses a machine in the office to mill the crown. Your dental crowns will be milled and ready place in just an hour. Since the material is porcelain, you won’t sacrifice quality, looks, or durability for this speed, either. You will have a high-quality, custom-made crown by the end of your appointment.
To determine which type of cosmetic dentistry restoration is right for you, it’s important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alhadef. He can examine your tooth and give you specialized, one-on-one advice about what will work for you.
What other materials can crowns be made of?
Crowns can also be made of metal and porcelain fused to metal. Metal crowns are often made from gold, which can be easily molded but won’t crack or chip. Metal, however, tends to be very noticeable and unsightly. Porcelain fused to metal has the look of a porcelain crown, but over time the metal will show along the gumline.
Will the crown protect my tooth from future damage?
Although a crown will strengthen your tooth, a crowned tooth can still be damaged by decay. One way this can happen is with gum disease, which is when bacteria gets under the gumline and begins eating away at the bone there. Gone untreated, gum disease can actually cause you to lose teeth—crowned or not. This means that proper dental hygiene is still an important part of protecting and maintaining your dental health.
How do I care for my crown?
Your crown needs the same care as all of your natural teeth: good dental hygiene. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss, and use mouthwash daily, and visit the dentist for cleanings twice a year.
How long will my crown last?
Your dental crowns should last anywhere between five and 15 years, although if it’s taken care of very well it has the potential to last longer. The best way to ensure that it lasts a long time and that you get the most out of your investment in your crown is to practice great dental hygiene.
How much will it cost?
The cost of your dental crown depends heavily upon what material it’s made from and what your dental insurance plan covers. Before insurance, crowns can be anywhere from $800 to $1,700 each. The best way to get an idea for how much your crown will cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alhadef.
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Contact Dr. Alhadef today to schedule your initial dental crown consultation in his cosmetic dentistry studio. We proudly serve the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas.