Crowns - A Solution for Cracked Teeth
Restoring and saving cracked and damaged teeth is the end-goal for us at Rogue Valley Dental Center. There are various types of damage that can be done to teeth at varying levels and we do everything we can to ensure patients can keep their teeth. One of the biggest last-ditch-efforts to save a tooth and is usually the step below an extraction is the use of a crown.
Dental crowns act as a prosthetic tooth that goes over a cracked tooth to improve cosmetic appearances or restore a tooth that has been damaged.
Crowns can be made of a wide variety of materials depending on the patient’s needs and budget. Crowns can closely mimic a natural tooth in appearance by going with porcelain, the most popular option for its appearance and price. You can also get crowns made of various metals such as gold, nickel, and copper. These will last longer but cost more and stand out. It is a popular choice with patients who are getting a crown in the back of their mouth and want it to last for quite some time.
Crowns are often used in conjunction with root canals, which are often the last resort for infected pulp at the center of the tooth. After the tooth has been filled and sealed, it is then topped with a crown.
Large cavities are another reason why a crown might be used. Fillings on their own are only effective for small to moderate cavities. Once the structural integrity of the tooth has been compromised too far, a crown is a great option. Though, an inlay can also be effective in this scenario.
Do Crowns Last Forever?
A crown can last a lifetime, but keep in mind this is not some sort of a guarantee. Various factors such as the material used, where the crown was placed, and how well you care for it at home will all determine the life of the crown. Ideally, a crown is meant to last at least two to three decades. If problems such as looseness and cracking start to happen after a short amount of time, it is considered a dental emergency and you should contact us immediately so we can assess the situation and determine the best course of action.
Are Crowns Covered by Insurance?
Crowns are covered by insurance, but only if it is out of necessity. Crowns are considered a need in the dental world due to the fact they can save teeth that otherwise would need to be extracted as touched on above. While one might find a crown appealing for cosmetic reasons, especially if it is made out of valuable materials such as gold and platinum, they exist for functionality first and foremost.
If you have a cracked or damaged tooth, do not hesitate to give us a call at (541) 779-4517. Here at Rogue Valley Dental Center we want to help each patient with their oral health. If you would like to ask any questions or schedule an appointment, we are here for you.