01 Jan 2022

4 Situations where a Dentist may Recommend a Dental Crown

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Dr. William V. Carlo is a dentist in Bankers Hill who educates patients on ways to restore and repair damaged teeth. One of the most common dental restorations used at a dental office is the dental crown. Dental crowns are a way to protect a tooth or strengthen it, preventing it from experiencing further damage. These restorations are durable, long-lasting, and beautiful, making them the perfect solution for many patients. San Diego, CA patients interested in learning more about dental crowns can continue reading!

What do dental crowns look like?

Dental crowns, sometimes known as “caps,” look just like natural teeth. This is due to the fact that they are custom-made for each patient out of porcelain material. The porcelain is made to match the patient’s existing teeth to ensure the dental crown blends in with the smile. The crown is fabricated to look just like the natural tooth did before it, providing an aesthetic final appearance.

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns can last many years, sometimes a decade or longer with proper care and attention. To keep the crowns solid and protected, patients should avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice, which can break the dental crown and leave the tooth underneath exposed. When patients visit the dental office every six months, crowns and other restorations are evaluated to ensure they are in place and functioning properly.

How much do dental crowns cost?

The cost of a restoration such as a dental crown varies due to several factors, including the patient’s dental insurance benefits if they have them. To get an accurate quote of the final cost of dental crowns for your specific needs, we encourage patients to visit our office for an evaluation and bring their dental insurance cards with them to reduce the out-of-pocket costs.

When might a dentist suggest the placement of a dental crown?

There are many situations that can arise during which our dental team will suggest a dental crown. Below are four times when this recommendation may be made:

  • Root canal. If a patient has had a root canal, the tooth that was treated is no longer alive due to the removal of the blood supply and nerves. This can cause the tooth to become weak and brittle. Placing a dental crown over this tooth will protect the remaining structure and allow the patient to maintain the natural tooth in place, eliminating the need for dental restorations.
  • Extensive decay. Large areas of decay are often addressed with dental fillings, but this can significantly impact the tooth’s structure. The placement of a dental crown over a tooth with a large filling is an intelligent decision to protect the tooth underneath from breakage.
  • Flawed tooth. Cosmetically flawed teeth may be covered with a dental crown. This is also an alternative to a porcelain veneer or composite resin bonding.
  • Damaged tooth/injury. A tooth that has had an injury, such as trauma that caused chipping or breakage, may be able to be repaired with bonding. However, more significant damage may be repaired with the placement of a dental crown over the top for extra protection.

Please request an appointment with our dentist in Bankers Hill

San Diego, CA area patients interested in learning more about dental crowns and other dental restorations are strongly encouraged to call the office of Dr. William V. Carlo to discuss their needs. Our dental practice can educate you on not only ways to care for your teeth and reduce the risks of needing dental crowns, but how to keep the teeth clean and free from decay and disease. The office is conveniently located in Suite #200 at 3330 3rd Avenue and accepts new and returning patients. Call (619) 285-0950 to request a visit with our team.

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