About Dental Crowns or Caps
When a tooth or teeth are broken, cracked, chipped or discolored, but the tooth does not need to be extracted, our Fort Worth, TX dental facility Beyond Smiles Dental Care recommends a dental crown. A crown, also called a dental cap, covers and protects the tooth from further damage. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain, and ceramic. While a metal crown may be more noticeable, it is thought to be more durable, likewise, porcelain and ceramic crowns are more visually appealing, but may not offer the longevity that metal crowns do. If you think you may be a candidate for a dental crown, give us a call. We would be pleased to schedule you a consultation with our board-certified dentist, Dr. Edwina Evangelista, at your earliest convenience.
What to Expect
A dental crown usually takes two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, Dr. Evangelista will prepare the tooth for the crown, take impressions of the tooth for the permanent crown, and place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it. The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where a customized crown(s) will be created for the patient. Once the crowns arrive back at our Beyond Smiles Dental Care office, the patient can schedule an appointment to have their permanent crown(s) fitted and set by our dental team.
Patients do not usually have any pain after a crown is placed, but some patients experience discomfort or tooth sensitivity. Depending on the material, crowns can last from 7 – 40 years. Patients can extend the life of their crown by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting Beyond Smiles Dental Care for regular exams and cleanings. If oral health is neglected, the tooth under the crown may develop a cavity or infection that will require more extensive treatment, like a root canal.
The total cost of a dental crown will depend on the materials used, as well as the amount of teeth treated, their condition, size, and location. Porcelain over metal crowns are about $500 - $1,500 per tooth. Metal crowns costs from $600 - $2,500. All porcelain crowns are usually about $800 - $3,000 per tooth. Dr. Evangelista will go over estimated costs and financing options during the patient’s consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
Protect and Strengthen
If you are concerned about the condition of your teeth, schedule a consultation with Beyond Smiles Dental Care to learn more about how crowns can help you. Everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile, so come in soon to find out how you can improve yours.