Teeth crowns serve many purposes. They protect teeth that have been damaged by accident or decay. They finalize a dental implant restoration, creating a strong, natural-looking tooth. They make your smile whole again. With today’s technology, you can get crowns on the same day, so you walk out of your dentist’s office with your smile and your teeth restored. Get your dental crown from the professionals at Sohosmile, a cosmetic dental practice that cares about your oral health.
Investing in quality dental work is a decision that can benefit you for decades, especially when you need a dental crown. Aside from its ability to improve your oral health by protecting a vulnerable tooth, a tooth crown restores your smile and promotes a more positive self-image.
Dental crowns are used to cap or cover natural teeth or a dental implant. Dr. John Koutsoyiannis at Sohosmile provides dental crowns to restore your tooth’s functionality and revitalize the appearance of your smile. He achieves these results by returning your tooth to its right size, shape and color so that it blends in with your natural teeth.
The Beauty of Crowns
Today’s dental crowns provide the one-of-a-kind craftsmanship of a custom-fit dental appliance. Each crown is made to your unique specifications, fitting over your tooth or implant like a glove. A crown both strengthens your tooth and adds aesthetic appeal to your smile. Dr. John also may recommend a crown as a means of anchoring a bridge or to save the tooth if there isn’t enough of the tooth left to support a filling.
You have a couple of available options when it comes to dental crowns. Your dental team in SoHo helps you make a decision on a type of material that best fits your need and your budget — because which crown type you choose has a direct impact on your dental crown cost. The different types of crowns include:
- eMax, made from a type of ceramic that is very strong and resistant to chipping; it’s one of our favorite materials for back teeth (posterior) crowns
- All-porcelain, for the closest thing to your real teeth, mostly used on your front (anterior) teeth, since they’re in a low-stress position and are the most aesthetically pleasing
- Zirconia, made of a strong crown material, used occasionally when the need exists
- BruxZir, the brand name of crowns made of zirconia
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal, a strong option that’s not as aesthetically pleasing as all-porcelain or eMax crowns, and the porcelain on these crowns chips easier than eMax crowns
- Gold, while strong and durable, isn’t requested much anymore; it can be used if requested
- Composite resin and acrylic, made of plastic-like materials that are sometimes used as temporary crowns; they’re not a long-term option
Crowns are expensive, depending on the type you choose. The good news is that a majority of dental insurance providers cover at least some of the dental crown cost. Additionally, crowns tend to last for a long time if properly cared for.
Same Day Crowns
One of the drawbacks of teeth crowns is that until very recently, they required two separate visits to complete. The first visit involved making impressions of your tooth for an off-site dental lab that fabricated the permanent crown. The second visit was required to fit your new crown.
Thanks to advances in ceramic technology, we can digitally fabricate the crown on the same day without compromising its strength, the quality of the work or the integrity of the material. In fact, we’ve seen an improvement in quality since using digital fabrication! Ask your best cosmetic dentist about same-day crowns.
Just the Crown Facts
Fitting your crown shouldn’t be painful. Any discomfort following your procedure is wholly manageable by taking over-the-counter pain medication. Dr. John can complete the entire procedure with a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you require additional dental work, such as a root canal or implant, you usually have to get the other procedure done before your dentist does your crown work.
Dental crowns restore your mouth to proper oral health and function, allowing you to chew and speak without worry or pain. And if your crown is visible when you smile, it blends perfectly with your other teeth. A crown, when you need one, represents the perfect balance between function and appearance.