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What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a type of dental restoration and is part of many different types of restorative treatments. Dental crowns are sometimes called a “cap” and is essentially an easy way to think about it. A crown is designed to fit over your existing tooth, much like a helmet that goes on your head to protect what lies underneath.

Why would I want a crown?

A crown is the preferred method of stabilizing a tooth that has had trauma, root canal therapy, large cavities, or large fillings. Dental crowns are the ultimate tooth stabilizers. They help hold everything together to ensure that you will be able to chew and smile with confidence for years to come.

How does it work?

If the dental crown will be placed over your original tooth, such as with dental bridges and root canals, the tooth or teeth must be prepared so that the crown can fit on top of the tooth. Tooth preparation and the delivery of the permanent crown are usually done in two steps.

First, your dentist will numb the area to be treated with local anesthetic. Next, they will reshape the outside tooth by shaving and removing enough of the tooth material to allow the crown to sit on top and fit with the rest of your teeth. Once this process is complete, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where a permanent crown will be created to match your smile. Your dentist will create and place a temporary crown to seal and protect the tooth temporarily until your permanent crown is ready for placement.

During the placement of the permanent crown, your dentist will remove the temporary crown, ensure the prepared tooth is clean, and place the permanent crown over the prepared tooth. Your dentist may need to adjust ensure your crown fits and feels natural in your mouth before permanently cementing the crown into place.

After the crown is placed, it is usually recommend eating on the opposite side as much as possible for the next 24 hours. Crowns may cause the tooth to be a little extra sensitive to temperatures and to biting pressure for up to a week.

How much does it cost?

Crowns can have a wide range of prices from a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars. It is dependent on the severity of the procedure, material involved in creating the crown and time associated with the treatment. We recommend asking your dentist ahead of time of the expected cost of the procedure and agreeing to a price regardless of any obstacles that come up.

How do I pay for it?

Typically, insurance will cover 30-50% of the cost of a crown. The excess amount is typically paid via cash, credit card or check. We don’t recommend the use of a credit card unless you’re sure you can pay off the entire amount before your next bill. Credit cards for dental care can result in high interest rates up to 33%. Jasper partners with 20+ loan providers to help you find the best rate, terms and provider for your situation. Jasper can do all of this without requiring an initial credit check!

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