Dental Crowns FAQ

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a custom-made restoration that covers a tooth’s entire surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Why do I need a dental crown?

You may need a dental crown for several reasons, including protecting a weak tooth from breaking, restoring an already broken tooth, covering and supporting a tooth with a large filling, holding a dental bridge in place, covering misshapen or severely discolored teeth, or covering a dental implant.

What types of dental crowns are available?

There are several types of dental crowns, including porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, gold alloys, and base metal alloys. Each type has its advantages, including aesthetic considerations, strength, and durability.

How long do dental crowns last?

With proper care, dental crowns can last between 5 and 15 years, or even longer. Their longevity can be influenced by factors like wear and tear, dental hygiene practices, and personal mouth-related habits.

Is the dental crown procedure painful?

The procedure to place a dental crown typically involves very little pain. The tooth and surrounding area will be numbed with a local anesthetic during the procedure to minimize discomfort.

How should I care for my dental crown?

Caring for a dental crown involves the same practices as caring for your natural teeth. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly. Avoiding hard foods and not using your teeth as tools can also help prolong the life of your crown.

How many visits does it take to get a dental crown?

Getting a dental crown usually requires two visits with our dentist to complete. The first visit involves examining and preparing the tooth, and the second visit involves placing the permanent crown.

Can a dental crown improve the appearance of my tooth?

Yes, besides restoring the function of your tooth, a dental crown can also improve its appearance. Crowns are made to match the color, height, texture and overall appearance of your teeth, offering a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.

What is the difference between a dental crown and a dental veneer?

A dental crown covers the entire tooth, while a veneer only covers the front surface of a tooth. Crowns provide more structural support and protection, whereas veneers are primarily used for cosmetic improvements.

How much does a dental crown cost?

The cost of a dental crown varies depending on the material used, the complexity of the placement, and geographic location. Dental insurance may cover part of the cost of a crown, especially if the crown is needed for restorative reasons.

Schedule An Appointment

To learn more about dental crowns in Middletown, Connecticut, and schedule an appointment with Dr. James McGrath, please contact Apollonia Dental today at 860-704-8000.