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Dental Crowns – Alhambra, CA

A Beautiful Way to Strengthen Your Teeth

Your tooth’s natural crown is constantly being attacked by bacteria and digestive fluids, and it has to withstand pressure from your other teeth whenever you chew. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that it can sometimes break and leave the rest of the tooth weakened. If this happens, get in touch with Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra right away; our periodontists can provide a beautiful new crown customized just for you.

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Why Choose Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra for Dental Crowns?

  • State-of-the-Art CEREC® Crowns Made in Just One Visit
  • Custom-Made, Natural-Looking Restorations
  • Experienced Dentist and Team

What is a Dental Crown?

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Dental crowns are caps that are fitted over an existing tooth. They’re typically used when the tooth has been badly damaged somehow, such as if there is a severe crack or advanced decay. The restoration can be shaped and shaded so that it fits right in with the rest of your smile.

While traditional crowns are made over the course of multiple visits, our periodontists can use state-of-the-art CEREC® technology to repair your tooth in just one visit. CEREC® uses digital impressions to create precisely fitted crowns out of a ceramic material that closely resembles natural teeth.

How Do I Know If I Need a Dental Crown?

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There are many situations where you might need a dental crown. We can use them to:

  • Prevent a badly decayed tooth from cracking
  • Hold a broken tooth together
  • Restore a severely worn-down tooth
  • Hold dental bridges in place
  • Hide an extremely discolored tooth
  • Protect a tooth that has received root canal treatment
  • Top a dental implant

If your tooth has been damaged in any way, pay our office a visit so that we can assess the situation and figure whether a dental crown or another type of restoration is the best way to maintain your oral health.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

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Once a damaged tooth receives a new crown, you’ll be able to chew and speak with it as you normally would. Also, since a crown restores the tooth’s shape, it will help prevent your other pearly whites from shifting out of place.

Many patients find it easier to talk and smile with confidence once they’ve received a crown to hide a crack or another form of dental damage. And if you take good care of your crown, you can look forward to your restoration lasting for a decade or longer.

Top Care Tips for Crowns

You should protect your crown the same way you protect a normal tooth. That means practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day; if the enamel underneath the crown starts to decay or the surrounding gums become infected, your restoration could fail. Also, you should always avoid activities like eating ice, biting your fingernails, or opening packages with your teeth that could wear down or break your crown. Don’t forget to visit our office periodically; we can examine your crown to make sure it’s still in good shape.

Understanding the Cost of CEREC Dental Crowns

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If you have a tooth that is chipped, cracked, or otherwise structurally compromised, a CEREC dental crown may be the right option for you. The great thing about CEREC crowns is the fact that you don’t need to wait for your final restoration. You can get your final crown on the same day. However, you may still have some questions regarding the cost. Here are some things that you should take into consideration.

Factors that Affect the Cost of CEREC Dental Crowns 

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Here are some of the factors that can influence the cost of your treatment:

  • Severity of Damage: If you need another treatment before getting your crown, like a filling or root canal, this will incur its own cost.
  • Tooth Type: Crowns that are in the front of the mouth are generally cheaper than crowns that go in the back of the mouth. This is because crowns in the back of the mouth require more material to create them.
  • Material Used: CEREC crown costs may vary depending on what type of CEREC material is chosen.

Remember that cheaper doesn’t mean better when it comes to dental crowns. Quality is important, especially considering that this is a restoration that goes in your mouth. You want your crown to be structurally sound and have a nice, natural appearance.

Does Dental Insurance Cover CEREC Dental Crowns? 

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Dental crowns are considered to be a major procedure and generally have about half of their cost covered if they are deemed medically necessary. If you need any help understanding your benefits and how they work, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our friendly team members. This way, you won’t encounter any unnecessary surprises.

Other Options for Making CEREC Dental Crowns Affordable

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If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be left with the entire bill all at once. With our in-house dental savings plan, you can save up to 20% on dental treatments completed at our practice. We also work with CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little to no interest. To learn more about your financial options, feel free to give us a call.

To find out exactly how much you can expect your CEREC dental crown to cost, schedule an appointment with us. We’re eager to restore your smile to health!


Dental Crown FAQs

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Do you need a dental crown, but want to learn a bit more about this restorative treatment before committing? That’s completely natural! Of course, our knowledgeable and friendly team would be more than happy to answer any questions you have during your appointment. But, if you prefer to do your research online, then you can keep reading for the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental crowns in Alhambra right here.

How Do You Know When a Dental Crown Needs to Be Replaced?

With proper care, dental crowns can last for well over a decade. With that being said, they sometimes need to be replaced sooner. A component of your biannual dental checkups is dedicated to checking on your existing restorations, so your dentist will let you know if anything looks unusual at that point. Between visits, it’s important to keep an eye out for pain, instability, worsened appearance, and a dark line at the crown’s base. These are all common signs that it’s time to have the dental crown replaced.

Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?

In short, dental crowns cannot get cavities. Of course, the underlying tooth still can. That’s why it’s so important to prioritize a solid oral hygiene routine! Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting a professional cleaning every six months will go a long way in preventing plaque and bacteria from building up along your gumline. Furthermore, you should avoid unhealthy dental habits, like smoking, and keep your consumption of sugary foods and beverages to a minimum.

Do Dental Crowns Feel Natural?

Yes! There are a few reasons for this. First, they come in a variety of lifelike shades, ensuring they look extremely natural. Second, they are crafted from high-quality materials that will allow you to chew with ease. Lastly, every dental crown is custom-made, which means it won’t feel awkward in any way. So, after some time has passed, you may not even remember which one is the crowned tooth!

What Happens If You Wait Too Long to Get a Dental Crown?

If your dentist recommends getting a dental crown – whether it’s due to a large cavity or extensive damage – you shouldn’t put off treatment. Postponing treatment will only allow the root of the problem to worsen, further compromising the look and function of your smile. Plus, the longer you wait, the more likely it is that you’ll need more extensive care, like root canal therapy or a tooth extraction.

Is It a Dental Emergency If Your Crown Falls Off?

If your dental crown falls off, do your best not to panic. Instead, get in touch with your dentist. If you can’t schedule a same-day appointment, that’s okay. This type of dental emergency can wait a day or two. In the meantime, keep the crown in a safe place and cover any sharp edges of your tooth with dental wax or sugar-free gum (both of which can be found at most drugstores). You should also avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and steer clear of hot and cold foods and beverages that can exacerbate any sensitivity you’re experiencing. When it comes time for your dental appointment, bring your crown.