If you’re suffering from a toothache or a cracked, broken, or decayed tooth, you may need a dental crown to restore both the function and appearance of your tooth. Dental crowns are very common, associated with very few risks, and are generally successful in the long-term treatment of various dental problems affecting the crown of the tooth. Jeffrey M. Navre, DDS, in Westbury, New York, provides restorative dental treatments including high-quality dental crowns. Don’t allow dental pain or problems to impact your life; call or book an appointment online with general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Navre, today.
A dental crown is a manmade fixture that is attached to a portion of your existing tooth to replace the crown (the part that is visible beyond the gumline).
Crowns are recommended in a number of circumstances, including:
Crowns may also be recommended for other reasons.
Because you’re numb during the procedure, you won’t experience any pain at the dental office. As the numbness begins to wear off, it’s common to experience soreness and sensitivity for a week or two following the procedure. Most patients are prepared for the crown during the first appointment and must return a couple of weeks later to have the crown cemented. In the meantime, a temporary crown maintains your appearance and some functionality.
The cost of the crown depends on a number of factors including the prep work required (whether you need a root canal or a post and buildup) and the composition of the crown. Crowns are covered by most dental insurance plans, which might limit your out-of-pocket cost. Although dental crowns require a small investment, the return is high; not only do you get to keep your natural tooth—the best possible solution in most cases—but you also avoid the complications that often accompany an extraction.
Care for your dental crown just as you would care for your natural teeth. Brush and floss at least twice daily and use anticavity mouthwash for the best results. If you notice any problems with your crown or the tooth beneath it, contact Dr. Navre as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment.