Make your damaged tooth whole again.
A dental crown is a hollow cap, which goes over your natural tooth to protect it from decay and damage while restoring its strength, shape, and appearance.
These caps look and feel just like real teeth, improving your smile, and making it easy to bite, chew, and speak as usual.
You may need a dental crown if:
Dental crowns are highly durable, lasting for many years.
This doctor never judges you or makes you feel guilty about poor tooth hygiene or neglect. Dr. Johnson’s main focus is on improving your health while minimizing discomfort.
- How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of your dental crown depends on many factors, including:
Speak to your dentist about the approximate cost. When installing a dental crown at Harbour Pointe Family Dentistry, you have several convenient payment options to choose from.
- How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns generally last between 5 and 15 years. Their longevity depends on:
If you follow good oral hygiene practices and avoid putting too much pressure on your teeth (like cracking nuts or chewing ice), your dental crowns should last for many years.
- Do dental crowns hurt? If fitted and installed properly, dental crowns don’t hurt. When prepping your tooth for a crown, your dentist will use local anesthesia so the procedure will be virtually painless. You may only feel a slight discomfort.
- What materials are used to make dental crowns?
Crowns are made out of gold, silver, other metal alloys, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), and ceramics. When speaking to your dentist, you can discuss the pros and cons of each material for your individual case. In Mukilteo, dental crown lab experts work with all the available materials.
- Do dental crowns require special maintenance?
No, you should care for your crowns the same way you do for natural teeth. It includes brushing, flossing, staying clear of hard foods, and visiting your dentist twice a year.
- What is the procedure for installing dental crowns? To install a crown, your dentist will reshape the tooth to create a perfect fit, take a mold of the tooth, send it to the laboratory to manufacture an ideally-suitable cap, and then cement it carefully.
The procedure usually requires two visits. It’s done under anesthesia, which makes the entire process painless.
- What are temporary dental crowns? After your dentist takes a mold of your tooth, your crown needs to be manufactured in the lab.
For aesthetic and protective purposes, your dentist will install a temporary crown. It’ll cover the gap and allow you to chew, smile, and speak normally until the permanent crown is ready.
- Will my dental crown be noticeable? High-quality dental crowns look just like your natural teeth. Your dentist will customize the size, shape, and color of your surrounding teeth to make the crown a perfect fit.
- Are dental crowns safe? Dental crowns are generally safe. You could encounter a problem in case you’re allergic to the materials the crown is made of. That’s why it’s important to share any information you have about allergies to metals with your dentist. Together, you can discuss the alternatives.
- Will insurance cover dental crowns?
If a crown is medically necessary to improve the function of your teeth, it can be covered by insurance. The majority of providers cover at least 50% of the cost. Please check with your provider for details. Harbour Pointe Family Dentistry is the preferred provider for Regence and Delta Dental crown coverage.