Understanding the Cost and Procedure of Dental Crowns in Massachusetts
If you recently received notice that you will need a crown you probably have many questions. Having an understanding of the cost and procedure will put your mind at ease and will help you prepare for the procedure. At All Dental Westborough, we want our patients to be educated on any procedure they are planning.
The Cost of Dental Crowns
The cost of dental crown depends on several factors; the materials that are chosen, the size of the crown needed and the location and condition of the tooth in need of the crown. If you have dental insurance a potion of the cost may be covered. Keep in mind that porcelain crowns are more difficult to install and may have a higher cost than other materials like metal crowns. The cost for a crown can range from $500 to over $3,000 per tooth.
What is a Crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a tooth. The crown restores a tooth in shape, size, strength and it will approve the appearance of the tooth. Crowns typically require two visits to the dentist. During the first visit the tooth will be examined and prepped. During the second visit, the permanent crown will be cemented into place.
What is the Procedure for a Crown?
During the first visit, the dentist may take some x-rays to inspect the roots of the tooth and the surrounding bone. If the tooth is at risk for infection a root canal treatment may be necessary. Before the process of building the crown begins the dentist will numb the tooth and the surrounding tissue. The tooth is then filed down to make room for the crown. If areas of the tooth are missing, the dentist may use materials to fill in the gaps to support the crown.
The Second Appointment
Next an impression is made of the mouth and a temporary filling is placed on the tooth. The impression is sent to a lab where a permanent crown will be created. At a second appointment the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is cemented n place.
If you need a crown All Dental Westborough will be happy to answer any questions or schedule you an appointment.
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