Dentist in Greenwood, SC describes the use of dental crowns in treatment
When it comes to the use of dental crowns, Dr. Christopher T. Griffin and his team provide quality restorations that can be utilized in many situations. Patients in Greenwood, SC and the surrounding areas can enjoy quality services with our team.
Dental crowns explained
Dr. Christopher T. Griffin describes a dental crown as a dental restoration made of porcelain that covers the exposed part of a tooth. Dental crowns are sometimes referred to by patients as “caps.” Crowns are custom-fabricated for patients to match the shape, size, and color of the existing teeth to ensure seamless integration into the smile. These restorations are highly desirable as they have numerous benefits.
Advantages of dental crowns
Dental crowns have benefits which include:
- Durability – dental crowns are fabricated with porcelain to look and function as natural tooth enamel
- Versatility – dental crowns are used in many situations and can be used to cover teeth or even dental implants
- Affordability – our practice ensures that necessary restorations such as dental crowns are affordable for patients in restoring the smile
- Appearance – because our team uses ceramic to fabricate these restorations, they are incredibly natural-looking when bonded in place
- Long-lasting – with proper care, patients can expect their dental crowns to last a decade or longer before needing to be replaced
When might a dentist use a dental crown?
There are many situations in which Dr. Christopher T. Griffin may suggest a dental crown for a patient. Dental crowns are used in the following ways:
- Crowns can cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- Crowns can be used over a tooth that has recently undergone a root canal treatment as an extra layer of strength
- Crowns can be used over a tooth that has become broken to provide protection
- Crowns can be used over a tooth that has an extremely large filing that affects the strength of the natural tooth structure
- Crowns can be created and fused to false teeth called pontics to anchor dental bridges
How is a crown fabricated?
The dentist starts with a consultation appointment to determine if dental crowns are the best option for treatment. Then, preparations begin. This requires removal of natural tooth enamel prior to taking impressions of the teeth. These impressions are sent to a dental laboratory that creates the crown to the dentist’s specifications. This includes following instructions regarding shape, size, and color. Once the crown is made, which typically takes approximately one week, it is sent to the dentist. Patients come back to the office to have the crown cemented in place over their tooth. The crown looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth and can provide amazing protection for the tooth underneath. In situations where patients need a crown over a dental implant, there is no preparation required.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost for a dental crown varies, depending on the materials used and if patients have dental insurance that provides coverage. Some materials cost more than others when it comes to creating dental crowns. Patients should also bring their dental insurance cards with them to their appointment, so the front office team can determine coverage. Some patients may have to pay little to no money for their dental crowns if they have those benefits through their policy. Patients who do not have dental insurance and cannot pay for their treatment in full can ask our team about payment plans that can be arranged for those on a tighter budget. We work hard to make sure that our patients have access to the dental care they need for a healthier smile.
Who is a candidate?
Most patients are appropriate candidates for dental crowns, especially since they are used in many different situations. We encourage patients to visit us to learn more about the restorations and whether they can be used for their smile.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Christopher T. Griffin today!
Our professionals are here to assist with restoring the smile. We encourage patients to ask about dental crowns and other restorations that are readily available in our practice at 150 West Cambridge Avenue in Greenwood, SC. Call (864) 229-2610 today to book your consultation appointment and discuss crowns with our team today!Back to Dental Crowns Page