Dental crowns, often referred to simply as “crowns,” are essentially caps that are placed on top of damaged or decayed teeth. Made from durable materials—such as porcelain, resin, ceramic, and certain metals—crowns act as a protective barrier and help restore the tooth to its natural shape. They are often necessary when damage is so severe that a dental filling is not sufficient to correct the issue.
At Gonzales Dental, we are proud to offer state-of-the-art porcelain and porcelain “pasted on gold” dental crowns to patients in Gonzales and the surrounding areas. We utilize the most advanced restorative dentistry techniques and materials to deliver exceptional results, every time. Our goal is to not only provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision about your oral health but also to help you achieve your brightest, happiest smile yet.
Dental crowns are small caps that are designed to mimic the color and shape of your natural teeth. When a tooth has suffered significant damage or decay, a dental crown can be placed over the natural tooth to restore its shape and prevent further damage. Dental crowns are essentially the next step after fillings in addressing tooth damage.
Some reasons that your dentist may recommend a dental crown include:
- You have tooth damage or decay that cannot be adequately resolved with a dental filling or another similar procedure
- Your tooth is weak and at risk of cracking, chipping, or breaking
- You have a broken or cracked tooth
- The tooth required a large filling, and there is no longer very much natural tooth left (meaning the tooth will likely be very weak)
- You wish to have a discolored or misshapen tooth covered
- Your dentist is preparing the tooth to anchor a dental bridge, dentures, or another device
- The tooth underwent a root canal and must be covered
- Your dentist is covering a dental implant
At Gonzales Dental, we will fully discuss the “why” behind our recommendations and ensure that you feel confident and knowledgeable regarding the reasons behind your dental crown procedure.
What Is the Process of Having a Dental Crown Placed?
It usually takes two visits to have a permanent dental crown placed. First, your dentist will determine whether you may need a dental crown based on a thorough examination of your teeth, which may involve taking x-rays in addition to a physical exam. If your dentist believes that this is the best option, he or she will then use the first visit to remove decay and place a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being made. Your permanent crown will be customized to the shape of your teeth, your bite, and other factors specific to you.
At your second visit, your dentist will place the permanent crown, ensuring that it is comfortable and properly fitted to your mouth. Then, your dentist will cement the permanent crown into place. Once the procedure is complete, you will have a strong, long-lasting solution designed to prevent further tooth damage and decay.
What Are the Signs You Need a Dental Crown?
While only your dentist can determine for sure whether you need a dental crown, there are some signs that may indicate that this is the case.
You may need a dental crown if you:
- Have an advanced cavity
- Received a large filling
- Had a root canal
- Have a broken or cracked tooth
- Need a dental bridge
- Received a dental implant
- Have a weak tooth
- Have a misshapen or discolored tooth
- Grind your teeth at night
We recommend that you schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dental professionals right away if you believe you may need a dental crown in Gonzales or the nearby areas. We can examine your tooth and determine the best course of action to prevent further damage and restore optimal oral health.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns offer many benefits, including that they:
- Reliably protect broken, cracked, or weak teeth
- Prevent further tooth decay or damage
- Are highly durable and long-lasting
- Provide support to misshapen or broken teeth
- Address cosmetic dentistry concerns, including discoloration
- Cover teeth that have undergone root canals or received implants
- Restore comfort, bite, speech, and chewing
- Are natural-looking and designed to match the color and shape of your natural teeth
At Gonzales Dental, we offer extremely durable dental crowns made from the highest-quality materials. With proper care, these crowns are meant to last for upwards of 20 to 30 years.
How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?
The cost of your dental crown will depend on various factors, including the extent of the damage/decay, the type of tooth, and more. At Gonzales Dental, we understand that the expense of receiving a crown may result in some hesitation about the procedure. However, dental crowns are far less expensive—and, overall, much more cost-effective thanks to their longevity—than other restorative treatments you may ultimately need if you forgo having a crown placed.
Most dental health insurance providers cover at least some portion of the cost of receiving a dental crown. In addition to accepting all types of PPO insurance, Medicaid, and CHIPS, Gonzales Dental also offers several payment plans and financing options. Ask us about our multiple payment options!
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