What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A dental crown protects teeth that are fragile, broken or have a significant amount of silver or white fillings.
Tooth-Colored Dental Crowns
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored) crowns are the most popular because they resemble natural teeth. They are highly durable and often last decades, but like many dental restorations, they may eventually need replacing. Porcelain crowns are designed to match the color, size, and contour of your natural teeth granting you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. Our Lincoln dentists make beautiful and natural looking dental crowns.
Reasons for a Crown
• Broken or fractured teeth
• Cosmetic enhancement
• Decayed teeth
• Fractured fillings
• Large fillings
• Tooth has received a root canal
Upon an examination, our Lincoln dentists can determine if you have any teeth that require a support of a dental crown.
Does it hurt to get a new dental crown?
No, our gentle Lincoln dentists will ensure that you’re sufficiently numb during your appointment. Their goal for you is to have a great and comfortable experience during your dental crown procedure.
How long does it take to make a tooth-colored dental crown?
A dental crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first scheduled appointment includes taking several molds (or impressions) which are to be used to build your custom dental crown. A mold will also be utilized to create a temporary crown that will stay on your tooth for two weeks while a dental laboratory fabricates your new dental crown.
At your second appointment, your Lincoln dentist will remove a temporary dental crown, clean your natural tooth, and carefully place your new permanent crown to guarantee the spacing and bite are accurate. You will be given care instructions and asked to have regular dental visits to check your dental crown.
Can you get decay under your new dental crown?
Yes. A dental crown can protect your tooth, but it does not prevent new cavities. It’s important to take the time to floss and brush daily. It helps prevent decay from developing under your new crown.
Can you have tooth sensitivity or a toothache after placing a new crown?
Every tooth, unless you’ve had a root canal performed, has a live nerve inside it. After any dental work, teeth tend to become sensitive to hot and cold as a typical part of the healing process. For dental crowns, inflammation is expected during the healing process but will usually decrease within a couple of days leading to full recovery. On a rare occasion, you may experience chronic inflammation after dental work. This type of chronic inflammation may not go away with time and could require additional treatment such as a root canal.
Your Lincoln dentist will give you instructions and any anticipations of tooth sensitivity.
How much does a dental crown cost?
Most dental insurance covers dental crowns up to 50-80%. The cost of your particular dental crown depends on your insurance plan and its limitations. The average cost for a dental crown in Lincoln, NE without insurance coverage is around $900- $1200. If you don’t have insurance, we offer easy-to-understand dental payment plans to ensure you get the treatment you need.
Coddington Dental is a proud member of Nebraska Family Dentistry. We’re one of multiple NFD locations, some of which are even open on weeknights and weekends for your convenience.
Each NFD team member is trained to go above and beyond to keep our patients calm and comfortable, so you can expect the same exceptional care from all of our sister locations.