Dental crowns can serve several purposes in the long term maintenance or enhancement of your smile. They can be used for both cosmetic and restorative needs and offer a stable and lasting result that can be customized to your natural appearance. Dental crowns are an important treatment option for keeping your natural teeth stable and avoiding tooth extraction as a result of trauma or decay.
Dr. Siddhi Patel places all types of dental crowns at Park Dental in Hilliard, OH for patients of all ages.
Dental crowns may be placed for a range of reasons:
- Tooth decay or tooth damage
- Discolored tooth
- Misshapen tooth
- After a root canal
- As part of a dental implant
Dr. Patel also places partial crowns called inlays and onlays. This is a custom dental restoration that can be used to treat a larger cavity often located in the back teeth which have multiple cusps. Inlays and onlays are made from the same high-quality ceramics used for dental crowns and provide lasting results and protection from future decay.
Are dental crowns covered by dental insurance?
A dental crown may be covered in part or in full by your dental insurance. We will work with you to determine your benefits coverage and your estimated portion of the total cost.
Is it painful to receive a dental crown?
The dental crown procedure should only cause minor discomfort and most patients are kept comfortable by a local anesthetic. Dr. Patel offers dental sedation options which can be discussed before your treatment if you experience dental anxiety.
What are dental crowns made from?
Dental crowns can be made from a range of materials, each of which has certain benefits for specific circumstances. Porcelain, zirconia and mixed ceramics are the most common materials because they offer durability combined with the ability to customize to your natural appearance. For larger back teeth where biting forces are strongest a gold crown may be the best option. Dr. Patel will evaluate your needs and concerns before recommending suitable options for your consideration.
How long do dental crowns last?
A dental crown can last for 10 years or longer, depending on the location of the crown, your oral health habits, and general dental health condition. Dr. Patel will monitor the condition of your crown during routine dental care visits and alert you to any signs of damage or instability.