Raleigh Dental Crowns
Replace badly worn & chipped teeth
Dental crowns play both a restorative and cosmetic role. Although they’re meant for preserving teeth that have suffered from significant structural damage, our Raleigh dental crowns can be crafted from attractive, durable ceramics that also enhance your smile.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Sometimes called “caps”, crowns are full-coverage restorations that entirely surround the tooth. They slip over the remaining anatomical crown, covering it up to the gumlines.
Crowns help distribute biting pressure evenly while also holding the compromised tooth intact.
Do I Need a Crown?
If you have a tooth with structural damage, it may eventually reach a point to where it can no longer withstand normal daily wear. Everyday activities such as biting or chewing could cause the tooth to break apart. Crowns help you preserve your tooth as long as possible.
You may need a dental crown if you have:
Significant Decay, a Large Fracture, or Cracked Tooth — Placing a crown over significant structural damage will seal out bacteria, protect the remaining tooth structure, and help you avoid a dental extraction.
Severe Wear — Aggressive clenching, grinding, or wear caused by misaligned teeth and sleep apnea can reduce the height of your teeth (which can in turn affect your TMJ health). Placing a crown helps to reconstruct your natural smile.
Root Canal Treatment — Endodontically treated teeth no longer have a vital nerve supply. As such, they tend to become more brittle over time. Crowns are almost always recommended following a root canal to ensure long-term stability.
Dental Crowns Vs. Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are small restorations that go inside of voids in teeth. Crowns go around the tooth. If you’re wondering whether you could simply place a large filling instead of a crown, the likelihood of such a treatment holding up to everyday use is extremely low; it could actually cause more tooth damage once force is applied. At a certain point, structurally damaged teeth can only be preserved with a crown.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Most crown procedures are completed over the course of two visits approximately two weeks apart. This timespan allows our lab to handcraft a customized restoration that blends in with your natural smile. Getting a dental crown can be as routine as any basic filling, but we do offer sedation options upon request!
Dental Crown Cost
Most dental crowns are covered at least in part by insurance. The cost of dental crowns in Raleigh can vary depending on the materials used and which tooth is being treated. We’ll provide you with a free treatment plan with itemized pricing as part of your exam.