Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to replace missing teeth. A crown, also called a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens the tooth, but it can also dramatically improve the tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.

Crowns may be used to...

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns

How long do dental crowns last?
The lifespan of a dental crown varies depending on factors such as oral hygiene, chewing habits, and the material used. On average, dental crowns can last between 5 to 15 years or more. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices can help prolong the life of a dental crown.

Is the placement of a dental crown painful?
The procedure is typically not painful as it is performed under local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. Patients may experience some discomfort or sensitivity after the anesthesia wears off, but this is usually temporary.

How do I care for a tooth with a dental crown?
Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, is crucial for the longevity of a dental crown. Avoiding excessive force while biting on hard objects and refraining from habits like teeth grinding can also help preserve the crown.

Can a dental crown be replaced?
Yes, dental crowns can be replaced if they become damaged or worn over time. Your dentist will assess the condition of the crown during regular check-ups and recommend replacement if necessary.

Are there any risks or complications associated with dental crowns?
While dental crowns are generally safe, complications can include allergic reactions to materials, sensitivity, or damage to the crowned tooth. It's important to follow post-placement care instructions and promptly report any issues to your dentist.

Does insurance cover the cost of dental crowns?
Dental insurance policies vary, but many plans cover a portion of the cost of dental crowns, especially if the procedure is deemed medically necessary. It's recommended to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage.

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