Decayed, weakened, or otherwise damaged teeth often require dental crowns. These custom restorations fit over the entire tooth structure offering reinforcement and protection. At Navid Family Dental & Associates in Peabody, MA, our doctors can create crowns crafted from metal, ceramic, or zirconia to fit your needs and budget.
What Is a Dental Crown?
When referring to oral anatomy, the crown of a tooth is the portion that is visible beyond the gum line. Dental crowns are restorations that either partially or fully cover this part of a natural tooth. Crafted from biocompatible materials, crowns are tooth-shaped and can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants.
Crafted from biocompatible materials, crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants.
On average, the cost of a dental crown at our practice can range from $500 to $2,000. We offer financing through CareCredit® and LendingClub® to help patients cover out-of-pocket costs. Strong and resilient, dental crowns can last decades with proper care and maintenance.
Who Can Benefit from a Dental Crown?
There are several instances when a dental crown may be recommended. This custom restoration can:
- Correct large areas of decay: While small cavities can be repaired with dental fillings, crowns are often necessary when decay affects a significant portion of a tooth.
- Cover fractured cusps: Chips, breaks, and fractures weaken the structure of a tooth. A dental crown can reinforce the tooth and help prevent further damage.
- Address cracked tooth syndrome: This condition occurs when internal fractures lead to pain while chewing. In some instances, a crown can stabilize the tooth and halt the problem from progressing.
- Protect teeth damaged by bruxism: Habitual teeth grinding or clenching can cause significant wear and tear. This can make the teeth vulnerable to further damage. Dental crowns can protect teeth affected by bruxism and reduce the risk of additional issues.
- Restore dental implants: In addition to restoring natural teeth, crowns can also be attached to dental implants, offering lifelike results.
- Protect teeth that have undergone root canal therapy: If the pulp of a tooth is infected, root canal therapy may be necessary. In many cases, a crown is needed to reinforce the damaged tooth and restore your bite to full function.
- Enhance the appearance of your smile: Crowns can be used to cosmetically enhance your smile. These restorations can address chips, cracks, discoloration, and more.
Dental Crown Treatment Process
In most cases, patients can expect to complete their treatment in two office visits. The steps include:
- Local anesthesia: Before beginning the dental crown procedure, the dentist numbs the affected tooth and surrounding gums.
- Preparing the tooth: Next, small amounts of enamel are removed. This creates space for your new restoration and allows your natural tooth to serve as an anchor.
- Impressions: Once the tooth is prepared, impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab. In some cases, impressions are also taken before the tooth is prepared.
- Temporary restoration: While your final crown is being made, a temporary restoration will be placed over the affected tooth.
- Fabrication of final crown: A trained dental technician will create your custom crown using high-quality materials. This process generally takes between two to four weeks.
- Placement of final crown: Once your final crown is complete, we will schedule you for a second appointment. During this visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown, and then place and secure your final restoration.
Contact Navid Family Dental & Associates Today
To learn more about dental crowns or any of the other services offered at Navid Family Dental & Associates, schedule an appointment today. You can contact us online or call our practice at (978) 532-5550.