Our cosmetic dentist uses the finest materials in creating custom crowns for cosmetic and restorative purposes. For teeth that are damaged or sufficiently decayed, he always chooses natural-looking, tooth-colored crowns. Dental crowns can also be used for purely aesthetic reasons — to change the shape or appearance of the teeth. Whatever the situation, Dr. Kshatriya has the experience and knowledge to produce superior results. As a teacher of other cosmetic dentists, he knows the ins and outs of this procedure and has the ability to provide each patient with beautiful results.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns, often called “caps,” are a type of dental restoration that completely covers a natural tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, zirconia, or amalgam. Dr. Payal Kshatriya prefers to utilize porcelain crowns for patients due to the material’s incredibly natural appearance. Porcelain crowns may be recommended if you have a damaged or decayed tooth that cannot be repaired with a filling or other restoration. Crowns are also used for patients receiving a single dental implant.
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Crowns?
Our porcelain dental crowns can restore strength, function, and a like-new appearance to your tooth. Many of our patients choose to have a new dental crown for one or more of the reasons outlined below:
To protect a weak tooth from becoming damaged
To restore fractured, cracked, or chipped teeth
To restore a tooth suffering from decay or damage
To restore a tooth after a root canal procedure
To protect an already damaged tooth from further wear and tear
To improve the appearance of misshapen teeth
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Crowns?
If you have a concern about one or more of your teeth, our experienced dental staff can help determine if a crown would be beneficial. When possible, porcelain dental crowns can save a heavily damaged tooth from extraction. The crown can ultimately reinforce the structure and strength of the affected tooth and reduce the potential for further deterioration. When you arrive for your consultation with our experienced dentists, other possible techniques can be discussed as well as alternative restorative dentistry options if it is determined that a crown may not be the right procedure for you.
What Does the Porcelain Crown Procedure Involve?
To place your porcelain crown, our dentist will numb the area and remove any decay. Your natural tooth will then be prepared to ensure a secure fit for your custom-made crown. An impression will be taken of the newly prepared tooth, which is then sent to a dental lab for the creation of your porcelain crown. Until your permanent crown is ready, a temporary restoration made from acrylic resin will be placed over your tooth. After approximately one to two weeks, you will return for your second office visit, when our dentist will place your permanent crown. During this appointment, he will make sure your new crown looks natural and feels comfortable, before cementing it for your final result.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Porcelain crowns typically last between five to 15 years on average, but their lifespan will ultimately depend on your lifestyle and habits. Dental crowns are generally very durable, but it can help to take certain precautions to ensure they last as long as possible.
How Do I Take Care of My Dental Crowns?
To care for your dental crowns, you should practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice per day and flossing daily. Over time, crowns are susceptible to wear and tear. To prevent them from cracking or breaking, you should avoid chewing on ice or hard foods. When maintained and cared for properly, you can expect your crowns to last for several years.
What Are the Risks Associated with Porcelain Crowns?
Immediately following the placement of your new crown, you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. This sensitivity should resolve over time. There is the possibility for bacterial decay or infection to develop, so maintaining good dental hygiene is key. Your crown is designed to look, feel, and act much like a real tooth; therefore, it can become loose, chipped, or cracked. If you experience any of these issues, it is best to contact our office. If proper care is followed, risks associated with porcelain crowns can be minimized and you can enjoy long-lasting results.
How Much Do Porcelain Crowns Cost?
Porcelain crowns can cost between $800 and $1,300 on average, but this will vary based on each patient’s unique dental needs and the details of their procedure. Dr. Payal or other experienced dentist on our team will first evaluate your teeth and gums in a consultation and create a treatment plan to address your concerns. Then, a member of our dental team will produce a detailed cost estimate, help you determine any available insurance benefits, and discuss dental financing options. Ultimately our goal is to help you achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful aesthetic outcome.
How Do Porcelain Crowns and Veneers Differ?
We frequently receive this question and therefore felt it would be beneficial to outline an answer here. A porcelain veneer and porcelain crown procedure are very different. Veneers cover only the front portion of the tooth, whereas dental crowns cover the entire tooth. The veneer option is primarily utilized as a cosmetic treatment to conceal stains, cracks, chips, or gaps. A porcelain crown is more of a restorative procedure designed to repair decayed or damaged teeth; however, this treatment offers significant cosmetic benefits as well. Dr. Payal Kshatriya can best decide which procedure would be helpful for your specific dental needs.
If you are interested in learning more about the dental crown procedure or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, please contact us.