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What is a Dental Crown?

Dentists do whatever they can to save your natural teeth. That’s why filling cavities and even doing root canals are important: they protect as much of your teeth as possible. Dental crowns allow you to maintain the core of your teeth to preserve your jawbone and maintain your attractive smile.
When a tooth is too damaged, or the root has to be removed from a decaying tooth, a dental crown enables you to keep the tooth’s structure. Crowns also sit on top of dental implants and form a durable anchor for a bridge. Visit your nearby dental team for dental caps that last. Call Stamford Dental Arts for the best care in the most comfortable setting.

A dental crown is a cap placed on top of a damaged or broken tooth to strengthen and protect it. Well-made crowns are the same shape and color as your natural teeth, so no one except your dentist has to know you have a crown. But if you prefer, you can get a gold or metallic crown. Since dentists cement them into place, they are permanent and quite durable.

Maybe as old as dentistry itself, crowns are a fundamental part of modern dentistry. The first record of gold dental crowns appears in Southeast Asia, about 2,000 BCE, on the Philippine island of Luzon. In fact, the Filipinos were flashing their gold teeth when the Spaniards arrived in 1571.

Despite being an ancient practice, the art and science of tooth crowns have continually evolved. Modern dental techniques make placing crowns a quick and relatively painless experience. If you think a dental crown may be the right solution for your teeth problems, visit our dental practice. The team of dental professionals specializes in restorative dental work and welcomes new patients. They even offer flexible financing options.

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What Are the Different Types of Dental Crowns?

Crowns typically are placed over teeth after you’ve had a root canal procedure and to create an anchor for a bridge. Crowns provide a long-lasting way to preserve your existing teeth without disturbing your natural look. Our top dentist can fashion a dental crown out of several different materials. Some of the most common include:

  • Metal. Metal crowns have a long and successful dental history. Gold, palladium, nickel, titanium, and chromium are all excellent crown materials. They are durable and require minimal tooth removal before placement. Their strength and unnatural color, however, make them more suitable for teeth in the rear of your mouth.
  • Zirconia. Considered a part of the titanium family of metals, zirconia has recently become a popular and effective material for dental crowns. The zirconia dental cap begins as a cube, and your dentist uses a computerized cutting machine to shape it for your tooth. Your dentist can measure, fit and cement the crown in place during a single visit.
  • BruxZir. This solid zirconia crown is ideal for bridges, single tooth implants, onlays or inlays. Prized for their strength and durability, the BruxZir crown disadvantage used to be its poor color matching. But they recently developed a shaded formulation that makes it more translucent and natural-looking. These crowns even come with a seven-year manufacturer warranty.
  • Metal covered with porcelain. The porcelain cover helps match the color of your teeth while maintaining the advantages of metal crowns. Unfortunately, the underlying metal can still show through, and the porcelain can also chip off, revealing the metal. Dentists use them on both front and back teeth.
  • Pure resin. These crowns are inexpensive, but they tend to wear down quickly.
  • Pure ceramic or porcelain. These teeth crowns offer the best tooth color match and are hypoallergenic. While an excellent choice for front teeth, they lack the strength of metal crowns. Conversely, they also tend to wear down other teeth with which they make contact.
  • eMax crowns. A pure ceramic crown variant, eMax crowns are prized for their beauty, strength and durability. The eMax crown disadvantages include a higher price tag and some brittleness when used on back teeth. They work best on your front teeth.
  • Pressed ceramic. These crowns have porcelain caps and a hard inner ceramic core. They offer superior color matching and more strength than pure porcelain.

How Much Is a Dental Crown?

The average price of dental crowns in Stamford, CT varies between $1000 and $15000. The final fee depends on the type of crown chosen and the treatment you need before a tooth crown is cemented. For instance, if you require a root canal, gum surgery, or bone grafting, the total fee will go up. Before undergoing any treatment, it is recommended to verify whether your insurance company covers a tooth crown procedure.

Your family dentist has a wide variety of crowns available to repair your broken or damaged tooth. If you’re looking for a dentist near Stamford, be sure to contact Stamford Dental Arts. Since 2011, their multi-lingual office has been serving your community. Don’t postpone restorative dental work, contact us today to make an appointment.

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This page was published on Feb 8, 2020, modified on Mar 31, 2021 by Ali Modiri, DDS (Dentist of Stamford Dental Arts)
The information on this website is to provide a general dentistry information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult your dentist regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough dental evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local dental practice, to schedule a consultation.
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