Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crowns

Cosmetic, General & TMJ Dentist Serving Boston, Medford, Winchester, Cambridge, Somerville & Nearby Massachusetts

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Posted: November 16, 2015

A dental crown can be placed to help restore a damaged tooth or to correct aesthetic problems with your tooth. Dental crowns are a permanent solution for teeth that may need to be partially removed or may be a part of other dental work including dental implants.

If you have any functional or aesthetic issues with your teeth, you may want to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Ryan Clancy, today to determine if a dental crown is right for you. We proudly serve patients in Boston, Medford, and Cambridge. Call us today at 781-396-8558.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a covering placed upon damaged or stained teeth to restore their functionality and appearance. They can be made from gold, resin, ceramic, metal, or porcelain, but our dentist mills all our dental crowns from porcelain because it is more durable and strong. Crowns are made to fit in seamlessly with your smile, so they will look and function just like the rest of your teeth.

Boston Dentist | Porcelain Dental CrownsDental crowns are used to correct any of the following:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Heavily stained teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening treatments
  • Maintain a tooth's health after a root canal
  • Teeth that have become ground down
  • Preserving a tooth that has had a large dental filling

How Are Dental Crowns Made?

Getting a dental crown used to require multiple appointments. A mold of the required crown would be created and a temporary crown would be placed while the mold was sent to a lab. The lab would usually take two weeks to mill the new dental crown. Then, during a second appointment, the milled crown would be placed.

At Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry, we understand how important your time is, so we offer same-day CEREC crowns. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and allows our dentist to mill your crown in-house in just minutes.

During Your Dental Crown Appointment

First, our dentist will prepare your tooth to ensure that the dental crown is the proper size and shape so it fits in perfectly with your smile and bite. We also ensure that the crown will match the color of your natural teeth. Once we've created a mold and determined the proper color, we use our CEREC machine to mill your crown in just minutes.

Once your crown is finished, our dentist will ensure that it feels perfectly natural and comfortable in your mouth. He can also make minor adjustments if your bite doesn't feel completely accurate.

Porcelain Dental Crowns | Boston DentistSince Dental Crowns are Made of Porcelain, Do I Still Have to Brush Them?

While your dental crown is indeed made our of porcelain and will effectively last between 5-20 years, it still needs to be cleaned and cared for like your natural teeth. Crowns sit atop your natural teeth so they need to be brushed and flossed to keep your natural teeth healthy. Our dentist recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. You can also use mouth wash to free your mouth of excess bacteria. Sometimes, a dental crown may make it more difficult to stimulate the gums that surround it, so our dentist may recommend that you use a gum stimulator to ensure gum health and circulation.

It is also important that you protect your crowns to ensure their longevity. So, our dentist recommends that you don't bite on hard objects like ice on a regular basis. Teeth grinding can also harm dental crowns over time, so you can request a night guard from our dentist if you believe you grind your teeth on a regular basis.

Will I Need Dental Crowns with My Other Dental Work?

Dental crowns are typically used to remedy a single tooth, but there are other treatments that may require a crown. When our dentist places a dental bridge to serve as a replacement for missing teeth, the bridge usually will cover the span of several teeth. To support the bridge, our dentist will put dental crowns on both sides of it.

Additionally, if you are having dental implants put in to replace missing teeth, a dental crown will be a part of that process. Dental implants are made of a three part system that includes a titanium screw that is actually inserted into your jaw bone so it fuses just like your natural teeth. The other two parts are an abutment that connects to the screw and, finally, the crown that attached to the abutment.

 

Dental crowns help bridges and dental implants have a natural look and offer a durable and permanent solution for dental issues.

How Much do Dental Crowns Cost?

While cost varies with each patient and how large the crown needs to be or how involved the procedure is, our dentist does everything in his power to make our dental care affordable for our Boston community. The average cost of a dental crown is usually somewhere between $800-$2,000. Insurance plans usually cover a large portion of your dental crown cost and our dentist accepts most major insurance plans. Additionally, we offer two different types of patient financing plans so you can pay for your services over time. Both of these plans offer payment plans that begin at 0% APR.

Contact Our Boston Dentist Today

If you're ready to remedy the cosmetic issues of your smile or believe you need a dental crown to repair functionality problems, please contact our dentist today. Dr. Clancy has extensive training with all types of general dentistry and dental technology. Our staff will ensure that you're comfortable and well-informed of your dental procedures. You will love how your smile will change, so please contact us today by filling out the form on this page or calling 781-396-8558. We are proud to serve patients in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and the surrounding areas.