Dental Crowns Serving Cincinnati, OH
Dental crowns perform a range of functions in dentistry, beyond stabilizing a tooth after a major cavity. Crowns are permanent caps that extend the life of a weakened tooth. When bonded to a tooth, this long-lasting protective cover hides flaws, discoloration, cracks and chips, and can act as a strong anchor for dental bridges. Even as a crown fortifies a compromised tooth, it enhances your oral health and improves the appearance of your smile.
What Our Crowns Are Made Of
The materials we choose for your crown are made of 100 percent porcelain. Most of the crown procedures in our clinic are done with CEREC technology. This allows you to have your crown done in just one visit that only takes two hours! No temporary crown, no second visit, and we only need to use local anesthesia one time. Our goal is to make our patient experience the best possible, and we value your convenience!
Dental Crown Placement Timeline
The process of crowning your tooth begins with an exam and digital imaging, followed by a slight reshaping of the tooth. This is done using local anesthetic, and is necessary to ensure your new crown will fit well when it is bonded to the tooth.
With a traditional dental crown procedure, the affected tooth is capped with a temporary acrylic crown that a patient wears until the next appointment. In the interim, the permanent crown is manufactured at a laboratory that specializes in dental restorations, using the measurements and models supplied by the dentist.
CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns
In addition to performing thousands of traditional dental crown procedures, our doctors are highly skilled in using the newest computer-aided design and manufacturing technology to offer patients the convenience of same-day crowns. We invite you to review our section on this convenient option, made possible by the advanced in-office CEREC system that Pearce Dental Group uses to fabricate resilient, well-fitting crowns.
The Results of Your New Crowns
With either a traditional or same-day procedure, you can be confident that your new crown will look and feel completely natural. Matching the color of your existing teeth is part of the measurement process, ensuring your crown blends in perfectly with adjacent teeth. Your new crown will be completely at home in your mouth, as noticeable to you and to others as a filling would be.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns offer medical and cosmetic benefits by strengthening the integrity of the tooth and improving its appearance. You can enjoy a better function and aesthetic appeal with dental crowns. These caps are excellent for protecting a weak tooth from further breakage and preventing tooth extraction. A dental crown can restore a severely cracked tooth, help attach a dental bridge and protect vulnerable teeth from decay.
Improving the health and look of your smile makes you more likely to care for your teeth with proper oral hygiene afterward and can even boost your confidence.
The Cost of Dental Crowns
The cost of a dental crown depends on the tooth’s condition, location and size, as well as the materials used and the dentist’s experience and geographic location. If a crown is medically needed to restore a healthy mouth, your dental insurance may cover around half of the expense, but that depends on your coverage.
At Pearce Dental Group, we offer crowns made of 100% porcelain, which may range from $800 to $3,000. Our dentists use CEREC technology to give you a permanent crown in one sitting, a process that takes about two hours. We also offer the traditional method, which involves placement of a temporary crown that is then replaced with a permanent one. The final cost of your dental crown(s) depends on your circumstances and oral health.
Our Cincinnati office may be able to help you with financing options with regular payments so you can restore and improve your teeth.
Dental Crowns FAQs
How Do I Care for My Temporary and Permanent Dental Crowns?
If you opt for traditional crown placement in two visits, you will have a temporary crown while our dental lab fabricates your custom-made permanent dental crown. Be careful while eating to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the temporary crown. Stay away from sticky or hard foods that could pull the temporary crown off the prepared tooth or crack it. Avoid chewing on ice, gum and hard, chewy snacks and foods.
Make sure you brush twice a day and floss whether you have a temporary or permanent crown. Temporary crowns do not have as tight a seal as a permanent crown, making it easier for food and bacteria to get trapped underneath. Take extra care to brush thoroughly around the temporary crown.
If your temporary crown comes off, try to place it back over the tooth and contact our office. Let us know if you can’t put it back in your mouth or lose it. We will need to fit you with a new temporary crown as soon as possible to protect the vulnerable tooth structure underneath that is sensitive to cold and hot temperatures.
Permanent dental crowns and same-day dental crowns are cared for like natural teeth. Brush and floss daily and make sure to schedule biannual dental exams and cleanings.
How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?
A properly fitted dental crown could last up to 15 years or longer, depending on your oral hygiene practices and the wear and tear on the crown. The longevity of your dental crown and oral health also relies on regular dental exams and cleanings to take care of all of your teeth and dental work.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns serve many medical and cosmetic purposes. Fixing cosmetic flaws — such as misshapen, chipped or deeply discolored teeth — with crowns is your choice. However, you will likely need a crown after a root canal procedure to protect the remaining tooth. A large filling may also require a dental crown. A dental crown is often the best way to fix and maintain a damaged tooth for many years and avoid an extraction.
To learn more about dental crowns, schedule an appointment with experienced southwestern Ohio dentist Dr. Troy Pearce by contacting our Cincinnati office today.