Understanding the cost, procedure, and advantages of dental crowns in California

When you have a tooth that has extensive decay but still has a healthy root, getting it fixed quickly is important. However, many patients are worried about the cost, potential pain, and the time the treatment will take. At the Hanford Family Dental Center, Dr. Nikunj Raiyani urges patients not to put off necessary dental procedures out of fear or uncertainty. The problem doesn’t get any better or less expensive to fix, with time. Additionally, patients with dental insurance typically find that necessary procedures, such as crowns, are covered by the policy.

Most patients know that decay or cavities are usually addressed with a dental filling. However, a tooth that has a lot of damage cannot be addressed with only a filling. Instead it will need to have a crown placed. Crowns are also used following a root canal, when the tooth is cracked, when a cusp is broken, or when the tooth has a poor appearance. Crowns are also placed on top of dental implants that are used to replace missing teeth or to provide stability to teeth that are loose.

If your dentist tells you that you need a crown, you’ll probably wonder about the procedure. The entire process typically takes two visits to the dentist’s office, and, with the use of local anesthesia, is pain free. During the initial visit the tooth will be prepared for the crown. This means that if the tooth has been fractured or broken, it will need to be built back up using filling material. Then the tooth will be shaped to create room for the crown and an impression will be taken.

The crown will be created at a laboratory using the impressions and following the dentist’s specifications for the exact shade. While the permanent crown is being created, the patient will use a temporary crown to provide protection for the prepared tooth. Once the crown is ready, the patient will return to have the final crown placed. With proper care, the crown should last 10 to 20 years.

At Hanford Family Dental Center, we care about the health of your mouth. Our entire team is committed to providing you, and your family, with gentle, friendly, and expert care. Our office uses state-of-the-art technology combined with proven practices to ensure that you get the care you deserve. Call today to learn more about our practice or to schedule an appointment.

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