Affordable Dental Crowns in Location
While the cosmetic dentists at Northern Rockies Dental Clinic can do a lot to protect and restore the health of your teeth, we can’t always be there for you around the clock. This can be problematic for Fort Nelson patients with serious cavities or conditions which can easily worsen over time. Thankfully, we have dental crowns. Dental crowns are our way of stopping time and significantly slowing the condition of a damaged tooth from worsening. Dental crowns are a great alternative for potentially costly and complex procedures and can be a fantastic option for those in search of a quick fix for tooth pain and/or sensitivity. So what exactly are dental crowns and why do so many Fort Nelson residents trust Northern Rockies Dental Clinic for this cosmetic procedure? Well, let’s dive into the details and find out!
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is placed over some or all of a tooth or implant to prevent pain or sensitivity. Crowns may also be used to improve the strength or appearance of a tooth or prevent further damage from occurring. Most patients receiving a dental crown from Northern Rockies Dental Clinic have a cavity which may cause pain and damage without protection, a chipped or cracked tooth which damages the smile, a dental bridge or implant which must be secured, or simply suffer from discolorations which a dental crown may help to conceal. A crown can be made using a variety of materials which may influence its color or durability.
Those receiving a crown on highly visible teeth may choose a crown made of materials (typically porcelain) meant to blend in with the color of surrounding teeth. If the crown is intended to be placed in the back of the mouth, it may make more sense to choose a more durable metal crown. The skilled cosmetic dentists at Northern Rockies Dental Clinic are there to help Fort Nelson patients choose the crown that’s best for their smile! We’ll be able to answer any questions and address any comments or concerns you may have. Naturally, most patients receiving a dental crown are anxious to learn about what’s involved in fitting and placing the crown. Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect during your appointment…
What is the Procedure for Getting a Dental Crown?
Receiving a dental crown is a process which must be done in a number of steps:
- The first step is, of course, to determine or confirm that a crown is necessary. This may be done through a combination of consulting with the dentist and allowing the dentist to examine the tooth in question. It is not uncommon for a dental X-ray to be used in determining the necessity of a crown.
- Once this is done, your dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown. This typically means numbing the tooth and the surrounding gums before filing the tooth down in order to clear a space for the crown to be attached.
- Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth by asking you to bite down on a putty, leaving an accurate three-dimensional imprint of the tooth in need of a crown.
- The impression will be shipped off to a lab where your crown is custom-made to match the shape, size and color of your choice. While your permanent crown is being carefully crafted by skilled technicians, your dentist will likely fit you with a temporary crown which will eventually be removed.
- Once your dentist has received the permanent crown, he or she will ask you to come in for a second appointment. At this time, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent one will be secured in its place. The permanent crown will likely be secured to your mouth using a cement paste. Unlike the temporary crown, this cement is designed to last indefinitely. Your dentist may choose to file down your new crown a bit to better match your surrounding teeth.
It’s not unusual to experience some sensitivity or soreness immediately after receiving a dental crown. Fortunately, those feelings will likely only last a short while before you can enjoy full function and comfort from your new dental crown.
Taking Care of Your Dental Crown
Just like any natural teeth, Fort Nelson patients may find that their crown has chipped, loosened or fallen off over time. This may happen over years of use and can easily be corrected by refitting or resecuring the crown to the teeth. The experienced dentists at Northern Rockies Dental Clinic will likely advise you to avoid sticky, chewy, or hard food after receiving a crown as it may be at risk for loosening or chipping early on. Most crowns are built to last anywhere from five to 15 years depending on the material used to make it and the use and care it receives from the patient. After the crown has been successfully placed, it will typically need just as much care as any standard tooth.
The experienced cosmetic dentists at Northern Rockies Dental Clinic have been helping Fort Nelson residents restore their smiles with high quality dental crowns for years. Our dentists pay careful attention to your needs and are more than happy to provide you with the answers and information you need to feel comfortable and confident throughout your procedure. For dental crowns in Fort Nelson call the dentists at Northern Rockies Dental Clinic today at (250) 774-4484 or request an appointment online.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental crowns may differ in price based on the type of materials they’re made of as well as the extent of your insurance coverage. Costs may vary anywhere from $600 to $1500 before insurance. Some or all of this cost may be covered by insurance depending on your plan and provider. Call your insurance provider today for a closer estimate of what a dental crown may cost you.
Placing your crown typically involves parts of your mouth with little to no nerve tissue. This means that there’s hardly anything there to detect pain. You may experience pain if the crown is covering up a sore or sensitive cavity, however your doctor will provide you with anesthesia for minimal discomfort throughout the procedure.
Crowns are typically made of some combination of the following materials chosen based on the location of the tooth and level of function expected of it:
- Stainless Steel
- Metals (Typically Alloys)