Complete Your Smile
With a Dental Crown
Here at our Archdale office, we can restore your tooth back to its natural appearance, simply and efficiently with a natural-looking, non-invasive tooth replacement treatment. A dental crown, also known as a dental cap” or “tooth cap,” enhances the appearance of your teeth and covers up a dental imperfection.
To ensure you receive a personalized treatment that meets your smile goals, we offer two types of dental crowns. One that is completely made from ceramic porcelain material and another that is also porcelain, but is fused to a metal base.
Explore the two different crowns we offer, see which option might be best for you, and understand how your crown will be made to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Beautiful, Porcelain Dental Crowns
A porcelain crown is completely made of safe, ceramic material that possesses a translucency that makes them the most cosmetically pleasing of all of the different types of dental crowns. Many patients choose porcelain over metal crowns because onlookers won’t be able to notice a difference as they match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.
Porcelain crowns are an optimal choice for both front and back teeth, however, some of our patients prefer a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown for their molars so their biting forces remain strong. Our team of doctors can help you determine which kind is right for you at your consultation.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns are somewhat of a hybrid between metal crowns and porcelain crowns. When they’re made we first create a shell of metal that fits precisely and comfortably over your tooth. A layer of porcelain is then fused over this metal which gives the crown a natural, tooth-like appearance.
Depending on your unique dental needs, these crowns are sometimes made so a porcelain veneer only covers a part of the crown that is visible. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a great option for both front and back teeth, as well as bridges.
How Your Dental Crown
Is Used & Placed
We use dental crowns for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they’ll be used to replace an extracted tooth, they can help strengthen a tooth after a root canal, or they’re often used to cap over a dental implant.
After your consultation, we’ll begin treatment by taking digital impressions of your mouth so we can custom-craft a crown that matches the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. Using our state-of-the-art CEREC system, we can create your crown the same day in less than an hour.
Once your new dental crown is finished, we can place it where it’s needed and you’ll be able to leave our office with a rejuvenated smile.
If you want to restore one or more teeth to its natural appearance, then a dental crown will be an optimal solution for you. Some of the most common reasons our patients seek to obtain a dental crown are because they can:
- Protect a weak tooth
- Restore a broken tooth or worn down tooth
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cap a misshapen or severely discolored teeth
- Cover a dental implant
- Enhance your smile cosmetically
What’s the difference between an onlay and a crown?
Sometimes an old filling or decayed area can be removed leaving quite a bit of your original tooth structure, which doesn’t really necessitate a crown. In these cases, an onlay is recommended to fill in the missing area where the filling or decay was with a porcelain piece that locks into the area.
A dental crown is a full-coverage restoration, meaning the tooth is ground down leaving a small raised portion that the crown is cemented onto.
How long does a crown last?
On average a crown can last anywhere from 7-30 years. Several factors can influence how long a crown lasts, such as homecare, occlusion, sugar habits and regular dental checkups. You can help reach its maximum lifespan with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Can I whiten a dental crown?
Crowns are personalized for each patient and their smile. They will always remain the same color as they were when you first received them, so whitening treatments won’t work.
If you notice your natural teeth are yellowing, then we can offer you a professional teeth whitening treatment to ensure they remain the same color as your crown.
How much do dental crowns cost?
Generally, the cost of a dental crown can range from $500-$1,500.
The cost depends on which material you choose and how much of the treatment your insurance will cover. Most insurance providers cover about 50% of the costs, but if they’re only used for cosmetic purposes, it’s likely it won’t be covered.
What are my options if my crown has been damaged?
If your crown has chipped or cracked, your best option is to give us a call to schedule an appointment and get it repaired or receive a completely new one.
Can I replace gold or metal crowns with a porcelain crown?
Yes. If you wanted a more natural-looking dental crown that doesn’t show gold or metal, we can place an all-porcelain crown.