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Tooth restoration is important for us at Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness. Modern dentistry takes many steps to avoid having to extract a tooth if possible and one of the ways we are able to restore a tooth is the use of a dental crown.
You can think of a dental crown as a prosthetic tooth that sits on top of your organic teeth. It can restore a tooth, making it fully functional again without having it extracted and replaced with a bridge or implant. We will be walking through what there is to know about dental crowns.
The Purpose of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is used for both functional and cosmetic reasons depending on the needs of the patient, but the primary focus of a dental crown is restoring functionality to a damaged or decayed tooth, and they come in a variety of materials to choose from. Crowns are usually used in conjunction with a root canal - a procedure that involves removing the damaged pulp and sealing the tooth - but there are other uses as well for a crown. Along with root canals, crowns are also used for restoring cracked/chipped teeth and covering large cavities.
As previously stated, you can receive a crown in a variety of materials. We will walk through some of the more popular ones to give you an idea of what might work best for you or the situation at hand.
Composite resin is the most popular material for both crowns and fillings. It is able to blend in convincingly with organic teeth as it is colored to match the color of surrounding teeth. Resin is also one of the most affordable crown materials - which is a big contributor to its popularity. They are able to last up to a decade when placed properly and cared for.
Another popular choice is porcelain. This material is able to look the most convincing next to organic teeth and is used in implants. These are durable, long-lasting, and will provide a great smile! Many people report being able to get 20 years or more out of a porcelain crown making it a great choice for restoring frontal teeth.
Some people get gold crowns for aesthetic reasons, but they are actually one of the most functional. A gold crown can potentially last you a lifetime or at least 30 years with proper care. Gold is a heavy-duty material that is highly durable and is well suited for back teeth as they can easily handle chewing and are resilient to grinding.
Receiving a Dental Crown
Depending on the condition of a tooth, we may recommend a dental crown - you can also request one if that is your preferred method of restoring a tooth and it is a viable option. Insurance providers will usually pay more for crowns if they are received for functional purposes. If the crown is for cosmetic reasons, it is most likely that it will need to be paid for out of pocket.
If you are in need of tooth restoration, we want to help you at Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness. You can call our office at 704-629-8081 if you would like to schedule an appointment with us.