Visiting the dentist can feel intimidating and confusing for many people. The dentist uses expert knowledge to evaluate the problem and recommend a solution. However, understanding the details of the resolution can feel obscure. We compiled a list of the top FAQs about Dental Crowns and had our experts answer each of them.
That’s where Atlanta Smiles offers a different experience. Our expert dental team wants each patient to feel comfortable and confident. We provide compassionate service, including answering patient questions and explaining the details of each procedure. We want you to make an informed decision about your oral health and overall wellbeing.
A dental crown offers patients an alternative to preserve a tooth and avoid extraction. Learn more about the dental crown procedure and how a crown can improve your oral health.
Dental Crown FAQs
What Is A Dental Crown?
The dental crown procedure works to restore tooth function and appearance by placing a permanent cap over a damaged or decayed tooth. A crown looks like a natural tooth but is hollow to fit over the remaining tooth structure. The crown covers the visible part of the natural tooth that sits above the gum line.
How Do Crowns Work?
Crowns protect and repair teeth typically after a filling will no longer work. When a tooth becomes severely damaged or after multiple fillings, the tooth may not have enough structural integrity to hold another filling or bonding. A crown acts as a protective shell that allows the tooth’s root to remain intact while improving the tooth’s appearance and strength.
How Much Do Crowns Cost?
We develop custom treatment plans and cost estimates for each patient because the cost can vary based on the specifics of the procedure. Our dental team uses crowns to solve different types of dental issues.
For example, we complete a root canal procedure by adding a crown as a protective barrier. Also, when placing a bridge, a crown provides stability for the surrounding teeth. Our goal is to provide the best treatment solutions for effective and long-lasting results.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
The Atlanta Smiles dentists design crowns to last indefinitely. However, crowns typically do not last a lifetime. Crowns are permanent, but normal wear and tear or damage compromise the crown over time.
Most crowns last between 10 and 15 years. When well cared for, crowns can last longer. We’ve seen some that have lasted for over 20 years. Good oral hygiene and avoiding chewing on hard foods or objects can extend their life.
Does Insurance Cover A Crown?
Crowns improve the aesthetics of teeth; however, they are not a cosmetic dental procedure. Crowns are a corrective dental treatment used to preserve and strengthen teeth. Most dental insurance plans cover part of a crown placement because crowns are a medically necessary dental treatment.
What Materials Are Used for Crowns?
Dental crowns come in a few different materials with different benefits and costs. Porcelain crowns are a popular option because they’ve been around for decades and provide a natural tooth appearance. All-white zirconium crowns offer the strength of metal and a natural tooth appearance. Zirconium is a more robust alternative to porcelain without sacrificing aesthetics. Gold crowns provide extraordinary strength, but they do not give a natural tooth appearance.
We work with each patient to determine the crown material that will offer the best outcome while prioritizing aesthetics and budget.
Restore Your Dental Health
At Atlanta Smiles, we provide the best dental treatments to improve oral health and beautiful smiles. Dental crowns help us achieve both goals. We are here to answer your questions and walk you through each step in the process to long-lasting dental health. If our FAQs on dental crowns didn’t answer all your questions feel free to Contact us today to schedule an appointment.