About Dental Crowns
West Richland, WA dentist, Dr. Walberto "Wally" Cantu, and his staff at Crown Dental are highly trained in treating broken, discolored, or decaying teeth with crowns. These durable covers fit seamlessly over the whole tooth and can strengthen weak teeth, especially in a dental bridge or after a root canal. Some crowns are made from metal - like gold, nickel, or steel - and provide greater durability to the tooth, while some are made from porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or ceramic and look like natural teeth. During a consultation, Dr. Cantu or his staff will discuss crown options with each patient to find the most ideal fit based on their needs.
What to Expect
A dental crown usually takes two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, Dr. Cantu will prepare the tooth for the crown, take impressions of the tooth for the permanent crown, and place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it. The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where a customized crown(s) will be created for the patient. Once the crowns arrive back at our office, the patient can schedule an appointment to have their new crown(s) fitted and set by Dr. Cantu.
Patients do not usually have any pain after a crown is placed, but some patients experience discomfort or tooth sensitivity. Depending on the material, crowns can last from 7 – 40 years. Patients can extend the life of their crown by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting Crown Dental for regular exams and cleanings. If oral health is neglected, the tooth under the crown may develop a cavity or infection that will require more extensive treatment, like a root canal.
The total cost of a dental crown will depend on the materials used, as well as the amount of teeth treated, their condition, size, and location. Porcelain over metal crowns are about $500 - $1,500 per tooth. Metal crowns costs from $600 - $2,500. All porcelain crowns are usually about $800 - $3,000 per tooth. The dentist will go over estimated costs and financing options during the patient’s consultation and the front office can check with the patient’s insurance to determine if any of their costs are covered.
Plan Your Procedure
Protect and Strengthen
If you are concerned about the condition of your teeth, schedule a consultation with the dentist to learn more about how crowns can help you. Everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile, so come in soon to find out how you can improve yours.