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WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN?
A crown is a type of cap that fits over an existing tooth to enhance its look and/or provide it with support. In the event that one of your teeth becomes compromised or infected, you may need to have a crown placed on top of the tooth to protect it and give it additional stability. When you visit our office, you can rest assured you’re getting top-notch dental services you can rely on at the hands of experienced professionals.
Crowns can be a great solution for both structural and cosmetic issues. They are available for most patients, including children. When you visit our office, our dentist will take a look at your teeth and determine just what needs to be done to fix a damaged tooth.
WHEN ARE DENTAL CROWNS NEEDED?
With dental bridges: A crown is often placed on both teeth that will support a bridge as a means of providing support.
To restore already broken teeth: Broken teeth can be capped with a crown to prevent further damage and provide a more secure surface in the mouth for chewing.
To protect weak teeth from breaking: Crowns add stability to teeth that are already weakened and can help keep them from additional breakage.
As a cosmetic cover for misshapen or severely stained teeth: Crowns cover the tooth and present a perfect substitute for stained or badly shaped teeth.
To cover a tooth that has a large filling with little tooth surrounding it: Teeth that have a large filling in the middle may crack; crowns can prevent this from happening.
Crowns can be made to match your tooth color for a more seamless appearance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental Crowns typically last 10-15 years. The life span of a crown depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown takes, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits. If they are properly taken care of, they can last up to 25-30 years.
How Many Visits to Dentist Does it Require For Getting a Dental Crown?
At least two dental visits are typically needed to prepare a tooth for a dental crown to be placed. The purpose of the first dental visit is to examine and prepare the tooth that is to be crowned and create an impression of the tooth so that the crown can be constructed. A temporary crown to protect the tooth is also usually placed during this visit.
In the second visit, which occurs once a dental laboratory has constructed the crown, the temporary crown can be removed and the permanent custom-made crown fixed in place.
Is the Dental Crown Procedure Painful?
The tooth being restored is numbed so that it isn’t painful during the crown preparation. This requires a shot in the gums of lidocaine or another local anesthetic. After the procedure is over and the anesthesia has worn off, the patient may feel some sensitivity with the temporary crown or some soreness in the gums around the tooth. The pain is very minimal though and shouldn’t last long.
How Does a Dentist Put a Crown on the Tooth?
First, the dentist applies an anesthetic to numb the tooth that is being restored and the gum tissue around it. Then, she will use a dental drill and an abrasive bur to remove the outer surface of the tooth on the top and all sides, creating enough room for the crown to be placed.
How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost Without Insurance in Pittsburgh?
It varies but the average dental crown without insurances ranges anywhere from $800 to $1200 with the kind of material playing a large role. We can work with you to set up a payment plan if necessary so that you can receive the crown you need.
What Are The Different Types of Dental Crowns?
There are four types of dental crowns.
- Ceramic or Porcelain — These are used for restoring front teeth, and are popular in this area for their ability to blend with your natural tooth color. The crown is made of a porcelain-based material.
- Porcelain-fused to metal – This crown provides a stronger bond than regular porcelain because it is connected to a metal structure. It’s also extremely durable.
- Gold alloys – This crown is a mix of gold, copper and other metals. In addition to providing a strong bond to the tooth, it doesn’t fracture, nor does it wear away the tooth itself.
- Base metal alloys – This crown is made up of non-noble metals that are highly resistant to corrosion, and make for a very strong crown. It also requires the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed prior to fitting.
Will My Dental Crown Be Noticeable?
We match your dental crown with your teeth as closely as possible to lessen the noticeability.
Will The Crown Feel Any Different?
At first you might notice it feels different but after a few days it should become normal and less noticeable. If your bite doesn’t feel correct you might need an adjustment which we can help you with.
Does My Dental Crown Require Special Care?
By taking proper care of your crown you can expect it to last a lot longer. While the crown won’t decay, decay can still form along the edge of the joining of the crown and your tooth. So it’s very important to continue with your normal oral hygiene routine and treat it like you would the rest of your teeth.
Who is the Dentist for Best Dental Crowns in Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh has been blessed with some excellent dentists. The quality of the dental crown depends on the skills of the dentist and the quality of the materials used. This is the reason why Dr. Kiran Kaur of Kaur Dental of Fox Chapel produces some of the best dental crowns in Pittsburgh. She is one of the most skilled dentists who had installed thousands of dental crowns and participated in continuing education every month.
Kaur Dental of Fox Chapel never uses bargain-of-the-month products or cheaper Chinese knock-off products. The same goes for its laboratory-created products such as dental crowns. None of these products are ever outsourced overseas to places like India, China or the Philippines. Its labs are only U.S. Certified Dental Laboratories. This ensures quality fabrication using quality materials created by U.S. Certified technicians.