Dental crowns are tooth restorations that are placed over damaged or decayed teeth because the teeth are unable to receive veneers or fillings. Dental crowns are used to restore both the function and the strength of teeth.
Similar to fillings and veneers, dental crowns are used when teeth have become damaged or decayed, thus requiring repair. Dental crowns come in three different forms: porcelain, metal, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Porcelain crowns are the most advanced and aesthetically pleasing crowns available because they look and function just like your natural teeth. Metal crowns are created out of gold or other metal amalgam, and while they restore strength and function, they can be unsightly. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can also be used, but over time, the metal portion of the crown can be seen.
No matter what type of crown you choose to have placed, the process for receiving a porcelain crown is the same, and takes place over a few short visits to Dr. Alhadef’s studio. During the first visit, Dr. Alhadef will evaluate your tooth or teeth, as well as your dental health, and he will then determine which type of dental crown is best for you. During the second visit, the tooth is reshaped to accommodate the crown, and a mold is taken of the tooth. The mold is then sent to a master technician, where your dental crown is custom made just for you. This process usually takes a few weeks, during which time, you will have a temporary crown in place. Once the porcelain crown has returned from the technician, you will return to Dr. Alhadef’s studio, and the crown will be permanently bonded to your tooth, restoring both its strength and integrity.
To determine which type of cosmetic dentistry restoration is right for you, it is important to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Alhadef. He is an alumnus of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and has extensive dental crown experience. If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area and would like to restore your decayed or damaged tooth or teeth, contact Dr. Alhadef today to set-up your appointment.
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What is a dental crown?
A tooth crown is a cosmetic dentistry restoration that is used to repair a tooth that has been damaged to the extent that a filling or veneer will no longer be able to correct it.
Unlike a filling that fits within the cavity of a tooth or a veneer that is bonded to the outer surface of a tooth, a dental crown covers the entire visible portion of a tooth like a cap.
What types of dental crowns are there?
There are three different types of crowns:
- Resin and Porcelain Crowns
Resin and porcelain crowns create the most aesthetically pleasing restorations because they can be custom colored so that they perfectly match the rest of your teeth. Resin and porcelain crowns are free of metal, they are indistinguishable from other teeth when they are placed, and they are stain resistant and very durable.
- Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns
If the appearance of the crown is not essential, gold crowns can be used to restore the function of a tooth. The advantage of gold is that it is easily molded and can provide a very precise fit, and it will not chip or crack.
- Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are very durable and natural looking. Essentially, these crowns have a metal sub-structure that porcelain is fused to; the downside of these crowns is that the metal sub-structure can sometimes be seen along the gum line.
How are dental crowns applied?
The tooh crown process usually takes a few different visits to Dr. Alhadef’s cosmetic dentistry studio. During the first visit, Dr. Alhadef will reshape your tooth so that the crown can fit over it without looking unnatural. This requires local anesthetic.
After the tooth has been reshaped, a mold is taken of the tooth and sent to a master technician so that your dental crown can be custom made. This process usually takes about two weeks, and while the custom dental crown is being created, you will be provided with a temporary crown so that you can eat and speak naturally.
After the crown has been created, it is sent back to Dr. Alhadef’s studio, and you will be able to return so that it can be permanently bonded to your tooth. Bonding the crown to your tooth is performed with special dental cement that is placed between your tooth and the crown, once in place, a special light is used to cure the cement, bonding the crown to your tooth.
How much will my dental crown cost?
The price of a dental crown varies between patients. Depending on where the crown is being placed, the number of crowns being placed, and the material of the crown, the cost of your crown may be between $1000 and $1500 per crown. If you would like to receive a dental crown and are interested in the cost of the procedure, contact Dr. Alhadef today to schedule an initial consultation where you can discuss the cost of the procedure and available financing options.
Dr. Alhadef is a alumni of LVI, and is experienced in placing dental crowns. If you would like to have a porcelain crown placed, contact Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Alhadef today to schedule an initial consultation at his cosmetic dentistry studio serving Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, and Irving, Texas.
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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.