Dental Crowns FAQ

Frequently Asked Dental Crown Questions in Los Gatos CA

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown also called a dental cap, is a tooth-shaped restoration that is designed to cover a damaged tooth that is made to look like and extend the life of your real tooth. Serving to strengthen the tooth, crowns also provide an aesthetic quality, giving the tooth a natural appearance.

Why would I need a dental crown?

Patients need crowns for a variety of reasons. When you have a root canal, a large filling, or dental implant, we place a crown over the tooth to keep it strong for biting and chewing. We also use crowns to hold a bridge in place. Sometimes, we place a crown on a tooth that is weak, discolored, or broken for protection.

How does my dentist put on a dental crown?

First, we clean the tooth and reduce what’s left of the natural tooth to prepare for placing the new crown. We use our digital scanner to take an impression and create the final crown, and we place a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being made. The temporary crown protects and your tooth and allows you to bite, chew, and eat until your next appointment.

How do you replace a dental crown?

The life of a dental crown depends on many factors, and if yours fails, due to cavities and tooth decay or trauma and damage to the natural tooth’s root, you’ll need it replaced. A common reason for crown replacement is that the old crown has fallen off. How is a crown replaced in our office? Crown replacement and removal procedures are common and straightforward. To gently remove the old crown, we break the adhesive seal, releasing the cement that holds it in place. Depending on the condition of the failed crown, we may be able to keep it intact while removing it. We may need to cut a hole in the crown and use that as leverage to break the seal. Other times, we cut and section the crown to pry it from its abutment.

Does a dental crown hurt?

No. If you’ve had a filling, the experience of getting a crown is quite similar. We numb the area with local anesthesia. And once we’re finished and the anesthesia begins to wear off, it’s normal to feel a little discomfort. This can be easily managed with Tylenol. Your comfort and safety is our #1 priority, so we make every effort to keep you relaxed during your appointment.

How long should I plan for my crown appointment?

We typically schedule our patients for an hour appointment which gives us ample time to clean and shape your tooth and place the temporary crown. The procedure takes about as long as that of a filling. You will return for another appointment in which we’ll replace your temporary crown with a permanent restoration.

What is the cost of a dental crown?

The cost of a dental crown depends on several things, such as its type and size. When you come in for a consultation, we’ll provide you with all the costs upfront and help you navigate your insurance benefits to make sure you get the dental treatment you deserve.

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