Why would someone need a crown?
For various reasons, teeth can break or become weak or discolored over time. Tooth decay, injuries, dental procedures like large fillings or root canals, certain medications, and just general daily use of your teeth can cause teeth to become discolored, less strong, or even break.
What are the different types of dental crowns?
There are several types of dental crowns; including full crowns, ¾ crowns, or “onlays”, which cover just a portion of your natural tooth. Partial crown options are only appropriate for people whose existing tooth structure is strong.
Traditional dental crowns are created in a specialized lab from a scan or mold of your teeth taken in your dentist’s office. This type of crown requires you to come back for at least one additional visit to have the crown installed.
At Today’s Dental, we have specialized training and computer-assisted technology to create and apply a custom crown for our patients right in the office. These same-day crowns are called “CEREC” crowns, which stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics”. They are made of a very strong ceramic material and tend to be one of most natural-looking options for a crown.
Your dentist will know which type of crown is best for your individual situation and can discuss your insurance coverage and the out-of-pocket costs for each type of crown.