Dental Crowns

Definition of Dental Crowns

dental crowns in redwood cityDental crowns are coverings for your teeth used to restore a tooth’s shape, size and strength. Plus, crowns are also used to improve a tooth’s look.

Dental crowns are custom-designed to fit exactly over your tooth. They come in a number of materials, such as porcelain, metal-composite, composite or gold. Dr. Rover Savage in Redwood City will determine what covering will work best in your situation. Dental crowns are necessary when you have large cavities, chipped or broken teeth, implants or root canal therapy, or problems that other restorations are unable to fix. Dr. Savage has years of experience and expertise of dental crowns in Redwood City.

Cost of Dental Crowns

The cost of dental crowns in Redwood City largely depend on the number of crowns needed and the material used. Nonetheless, they start as low as $600 and can go as high as $1500, and more in some cases. The cost is based on the price to manufacture the crown in the laboratory and the labor to install the crown. Placing dental crowns takes at least two visits to our offices on Hopkins Avenue in Redwood City. A part of the cost is generally covered by insurance. We work with you and your insurance company to present to you the most reasonable rate possible for a dental crown procedure. We accept several insurance plans and develop a fee structure in line with recommendations from other dentists and insurance companies.

Advantages of Dental Crowns

The advantages of dental crowns over other restorations depend on the problems you have happening with your teeth. For example, if you have a cavity that is too large for the dentist to drill your tooth, you will be better served by using a crown. If you have broken teeth, your dentist might not be able to fix that problem with anything but a dental crown. It usually is the cheaper alternative over veneers. If you have cracks in your teeth, other restorations will not fix those to your satisfaction. The benefits of dental crowns include being able to have functional teeth without needing extraction. You won’t have to worry about disease on the tooth, just under the crown and in the gums. They are easily maintained. You brush and floss like any other tooth.

How Dental Crowns Are Performed

The dentist performs the dental crowns procedure by preparing the tooth first. He shaves part of the tooth to ensure the crown will cover the entire tooth. He takes a picture of the tooth on a computer or creates a mold of your tooth. The picture or mold is sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is manufactured. During the waiting period, the dentist will provide you with a temporary crown.

Dental crowns complications include problems with the temporary crown and cracks in both the temporary and the permanent crown. You might experience dental crown pain the first few days with your new crown. You also might experience pain in the gums during the waiting period and after the permanent crown is cemented into your mouth. Once you have the permanent dental crown, after effects will be minimal.

Contact Redwood City Family Dentistry

If you need to fill a large cavity or a broken tooth, you might need to have a dental crown. You want to visit Redwood City Family Dentistry as soon as possible so that Dr. Savage in Redwood City can fix that problem. Call 650-367-8833 to make an appointment. Hurry into our offices at 1130 Hopkins Ave. in Redwood City and get help today.