A dental crown is one of the most common dental treatments used today in both restorative and cosmetic treatments. Serving as a “cap”for a damaged tooth, a dental crown is custom made to blend with your natural smile.
Drs. Monroe and Monroe place dental crowns in their Pinehurst dentist office, recommending them whenever possible to avoid tooth loss and improve the structural integrity of a damaged or diseased tooth.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can be made of porcelain, metal or a combination of the two, depending on the location and patient preference. Porcelain crowns are typically recommended for aesthetics and their durability, especially for teeth that are visible when smiling.
Dental crowns serve an important role in restorative dentistry, often providing a solution that saves the natural tooth and avoids tooth extraction. Dental crowns are often placed to secure a dental bridge, providing additional strength for the supporting tooth/teeth.
Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, covering and strengthening a tooth that is discolored or misshapen to enhance a patient’s smile.
Dental Crown Process
A dental crown typically requires a couple of visits to Drs. Monroe to complete.
At the first visit, impressions will be taken and the affected tooth will be prepared for placement of the crown. A temporary restoration will be placed for normal function between visits.
Your dental crown will be custom made in a dental laboratory to Drs. Monroe’s specifications in approximately 2-3 weeks. Once ready, it will be permanently secured to your tooth and adjustments will be made to ensure a comfortable fit.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Dental crown treatment is generally pain-free. Drs. Monroe and their staff will ensure you are as comfortable as possible, offering sedation dentistry options when needed.It is normal to experience mild sensitivity following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 to 3 days of treatment.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a tooth crown depends on the material used, location of the tooth and specific condition of the patient. Before your treatment begins, Drs. Monroe will complete a full review of the procedure including the dental crown cost. We work with virtually all dental insurance carriers in our Pinehurst dentist office.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have a broken crown, please contact our Pinehurst dentist office for an appointment with Drs. Monroe. We try to see dental emergency patients on the same day whenever possible.