What are Dental Crowns?
When a tooth requires more support than a filling, inlay, or onlay is able to provide, a dental crown can be an effective treatment to strengthen and protect weakened enamel. These restorations function as durable “caps” that are placed over a damaged or decayed tooth body in order to recover proper biting function, as well as enhance aesthetic beauty. Due to its enduring strength and striking resemblance to natural tooth enamel, our practice utilizes state-of-the-art porcelain to craft your dental crowns. Each crown is custom-fabricated to fit precisely over your tooth structure for a comfortable bite and seamless appearance among your surrounding teeth. Dr. Victor Oelbaum, our cosmetic dentist, offers dental crowns as a reliable way to reinforce and preserve a damaged tooth.
Dental Crowns vs. Veneers
Porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers are very common treatments at Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates. While both procedures can provide cosmetic advantages as well as functional support, there are a few key differences between dental crowns and veneers. Crowns are considered a restorative solution to address decayed, damaged, or otherwise compromised teeth. They cover the entire tooth structure and can be vital in preventing further weakening of the enamel. Although crowns can typically improve your smile appearance, their primary purpose is to rehabilitate a tooth.
In contrast, porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment that can yield adjunctive functional benefits. Designed to cover only a portion of the tooth body rather than the entire structure, veneers are placed to cover up common aesthetic flaws, such as minor chips, cracks, gaps, and alignment inconsistencies. They can be a simple, powerful, and long-lasting treatment to achieve a younger-looking smile, but cannot effectively resolve extensive damage or decay. Simply put, porcelain veneers are utilized when your dental needs are cosmetic in nature, while porcelain crowns are employed when a tooth requires restoration. Our dentists can help you determine the best treatment to address your concerns during a consultation.
What are the Benefits of Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns can be a valuable way to restore the functional integrity of a weakened tooth while enhancing its natural beauty in the process. These restorations have a wide range of uses, including:
- To restore a weakened, damaged, or decayed tooth
- To rebuild a tooth after a root canal
- To anchor a dental bridge
- To cover a dental implant
Furthermore, our metal-free dental crowns can protect a tooth from future wear and tear for long-lasting results. To see the improvement that dental crowns can provide, please feel free to view the before-and-after dentistry photos in our smile gallery.
The Dental Crown Procedure
To begin, one of our dentists will see you in a consultation to discuss your concerns and determine whether dental crowns are the ideal solution to meet your goals. Once it is confirmed that you can benefit from treatment, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and send the model to an advanced dental laboratory for manufacture. There, your crown will be crafted to provide a natural and comfortable fit according to the color, shape, and appearance of your surrounding teeth. When the crown is ready for placement, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area and minimize discomfort during the application process. Your dentist will prepare the tooth for bonding and subsequently affix your custom-designed crown using a durable cement. After the process is complete, you should have a restoration that looks and feels like a natural part of your mouth.
How Much Do Porcelain Dental Crowns Cost?
One of the benefits afforded by a dental crown is its economical cost when compared to other restorative treatments. The price of dental crowns typically varies from patient to patient, with the ultimate cost determined by:
- The type of dental crowns received
- The number of crowns required
- The complexity of your procedure
- Whether your crowns are part of a larger dentistry procedure (such as dental implants or root canal therapy)
Your cost estimate will also be affected by the expertise of your cosmetic dentist, as well as your geographic location. While patient reviews on Realself.com list the national average price of dental crowns at around $3,600, this is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the rates at our practice. Once your unique needs are assessed in a consultation, our office will be able to provide you with a personalized quote of your procedural expenses.
To make the cost of dental crowns more manageable, we work with CareCredit®— a highly reputable dental financing option that can allow qualified applicants to pay for their treatment over time. This healthcare lending company offers an array of flexible payment plans, many of which include low- to no-interest rates, that can be chosen to suit your budgetary needs. Please reach out to our office to learn more about our accepted insurance plans and other modes of payment.
How Long Do Porcelain Dental Crowns Last?
With good oral hygiene and routine dental check-ups, porcelain crowns can provide support for decades. To preserve the shelf-life of a dental crown, wearing a mouthguard during contact sports or other recreational activity can help to safeguard a crown against unnecessary damage.
To learn more about dental crowns, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates today.