Tooth restorations are a necessary part of dentistry, though one we try to avoid whenever possible. At New Smiles Dental in Sherwood, OR, we encourage patients of all ages to come in every six months for a thorough checkup and cleaning. This way, our chances of detecting dental problems before they need significant correction are excellent. If a tooth sustains a severe injury due to decay or trauma, a dental crown may be required. This restoration offers the full coverage that is necessary to prevent further damage. However, dental crowns come at a cost and most patients want to know what to expect.
It isn’t easy to predict the exact cost of dental crown treatment because every scenario is unique. However, we can discuss the factors that contribute to the total cost of crown treatment.
Every tooth that needs a dental crown must first be prepared. The degree of preparation depends on the problem. When a crown is necessary for a crack or other small problem, we keep the amount of reduction to the bare minimum, altering the tooth only as much as is needed so a crown can fit accurately.
There are instances in which more preparation is required due to the extent of damage. Before we can place a crown, we have to make sure we remove all enamel and other matter that has been damaged. Sometimes, this means we have to perform root canal therapy to remove an infected nerve.
Dental crowns are available in a wide variety of materials today, all of which have advantages and disadvantages. A metal crown, for instance, may be an affordable option but one that comes at a cosmetic cost. Zirconium crowns, on the other hand, are very durable and completely natural-looking but more expensive. We provide the fullest extent of information regarding crown materials so each patient can feel confident in their final decision.
Most dental insurance companies offer a degree of coverage for restorations like dental crowns. A member of our staff can check with your insurance to determine the extent of benefits for your selected crown and discuss how coverage can offset your out-of-pocket costs.