Dental Crowns FAQs
When do you need a dental crown?
There are many reasons a patient may require a crown. The most common include:
- large cavity
- Broken filling
- Post-root canal restoration
- Tooth is worn down by grinding
How is a tooth prepared for a crown?
Crowns usually require two appointments. The first is to prepare the affected tooth. The degree of preparation will vary based on the extent of damage to the tooth. In some cases, materials must be added to the existing (above-gumline) in a procedure called a ‘core build up’. This ensures that the final restoration will be have the necessary surface area for full adhesion. After tooth preparation, a dental impression is made so that the restoration can be fabricated to fit the remaining tooth.
Is there an alternative to a dental crown?
Not all damaged teeth require a crown. In some cases, a crown is unnecessarily aggressive form of treatment. In these cases, a more conservative approach such as an Inlay or Onlay, which do not require removal of healthy tooth structure may be possible. Dr. Obeid will review and explain all the alternatives that are available during your treatment planning.
What is the cost for a dental crown?
There are many factors that determine the cost of a crown, and these vary greatly by individual. After your initial consultation, Dr. Obeid will discuss the different cost options to you as part of your treatment plan.
What are crowns made of?
The 3 most commonly used crowns are made of either porcelain fused to metal, all metal or all ceramic.
Will I have a gap while the crown is being made?
A temporary, fixed crown that maintains visual aesthetics will be fitted into the space at the conclusion of the initial crown prep visit.
Will my dental crown look and feel different from my other teeth?
Each crown from Obeid Dental is customized to ensure that it will fit, feel and look like your other teeth.
How long do dental crowns last?
The longevity of a crown depends on several factors:
- The quality of the initial dental work
- How much tooth structure is left for the crown to adhere
- Your general home dental regimen and maintaining regular dental hygiene appointments
At some point, all crowns will need to be replaced.
Will my insurance pay for a crown?
We will be happy to submit to your insurance company: because we do not participate with insurances, any insurance payments will be sent directly to you.