Decay and trauma are two of the most common dental problems that people battle over the years. If even one of your teeth is weakened by these conditions, it’s important that you seek treatment right away. Why? The longer you wait, the greater your odds of needing extensive and often costly treatments, like a root canal or even an extraction. At D’Amico and Mauck, DDS, we offer a solution to these problems with dental crowns in Aurora. Both Dr. Mauck and Dr. Ricci can use crowns to restore your oral health while also improving the appearance of your smile. If you’re ready to strengthen your weakened tooth and enhance your smile, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Whether your tooth suffers from chips, cracks, stains, misshapenness, trauma, or serious decay, dental crowns may be the perfect treatment for that tooth. A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that fits over a tooth to build up its structure while protecting it from further damage. It can also be placed over a cosmetically imperfect tooth to give it a flawless appearance.
While dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, we typically use dental porcelain. We choose this material not only because it’s completely metal-free, but also because of its uncanny ability to mimic the enamel of your natural teeth, even in the way light shines off of it. Each crown is custom-made to resemble an improved version of the tooth you were born with.
After a consultation to determine that a crown is right for you, and that no preparatory procedures like a root canal are required, it generally takes two appointments to receive a crown. During the first visit, we prepare your tooth to be fitted with the crown. This involves either building up the tooth or shaving off the outermost layer of enamel to ensure there’s room in your mouth for the restoration.
Once the tooth is reshaped, we take impressions of it and send those to a dental lab that has partnered with us to create restorations. Your crown will be ready in about two or three weeks. In the meantime, we can place a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
At your second appointment a few weeks later, we’ll remove the temporary and make sure the permanent crown fits within your smile before permanently bonding it into place. This part shouldn’t hurt because we typically administer a local anesthetic beforehand.
Some of the numerous benefits of dental crowns in Aurora include:
Dental crowns in Aurora are widely used in restorative dentistry to rehabilitate damaged teeth; however, they also hold a commonplace in cosmetic dentistry to improve aesthetics as well. No matter the reason, you’re sure to have a few apprehensions before you’re ready to commit to the treatment. We’ll take the time to explain the process during your initial consultation. While you wait for your visit, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about crowns.
When picturing a crown, you might envision a dark restoration covering the tooth. It is true, crowns used in the past could cause an eyesore when you smile; however, not anymore. Modern crowns are made of all-ceramic material, which can be customized to match your natural teeth, including their size, shape, and color. No one will know your crown isn’t a real tooth because it will blend in with your smile.
Although all-ceramic crowns aren’t made of metal, they are equally durable. In fact, it isn’t unusual for a crown to last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare. There are several things you can do to help promote the lifespan of your crown, such as:
There isn’t a set fee for dental crowns because the cost is based on your individual treatment plan, such as the material used and the size of the restoration. If you need an additional procedure, it will also influence the cost, like root canal therapy. We’ll provide you with a personalized estimate during your consultation and discuss your payment options. A member of our team will help you find the solutions you need to rehabilitate your tooth without fearing a large bill.
Every policy differs, but most dental insurance plans can be used to help offset the cost of a crown when used for restorative purposes. After paying your annual deductible, your policy can cover as much as 80% until reaching your yearly limit if the restoration is necessary to restore the health or function of a tooth.
Unfortunately, if the crown is only needed for aesthetic reasons, your insurance policy may not cover the cost, but there are some exceptions. Our office will help you understand your benefits and how they can be used to pay for your treatment. If there’s a remaining balance, our office accepts a variety of payment methods, like third-party financing with CareCredit.