Lighthouse Point Dental Crowns
No matter how careful you are about flossing and brushing you may still experience tooth decay. Having these cavities dealt with quickly is important. Quick action contains the problem and prevents complications like swelling, pain, and difficulty chewing. Although fillings are a common solution for some types of tooth decay, other cases will require a more aggressive treatment in the form of a dental crown.
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What are Lighthouse Point Dental Crowns?
When you get a filling, the dentist drills away the decayed portion of the tooth and fills in the hole.
Lighthouse Point dental crowns take it one step further, by covering the tooth. This add strength and breakage protection, important for teeth weakened by decay.
Made for a variety of materials, including porcelain and metal (gold, palladium, or alloys), each has certain benefits. Prior to application, the dentist will probably file down and shape the tooth.
Do I need Lighthouse Point dental crowns?
- When the decay extends to three or more sides of the tooth
- When you have a large filling
- When your tooth is broken or cracked
- When a filing is worn out from time
If there is a substantial amount of decay or a fractured tooth, Lighthouse Point dental crowns are the best treatment.
Crowns can help prevent tooth extraction or a root canal.
Speaking of root canals, that procedure leaves a tooth very vulnerable and brittle. Here, Lighthouse Point dental crowns will be necessary to protect against further damage and breakage.
How much will it cost?
Crowns in general come in one of three varieties:
- All porcelain
- All metal
- Metal base with porcelain top
Porcelain crowns more closely match the tone of your natural tooth, making them less obvious. Metal crowns are sturdier and less expensive than porcelain, but they are plainly visible.
In most cases, a dentist will prefer to put a metal crown in the rear teeth and a more cosmetically appealing porcelain crown in the visible front teeth.
The cost of a dental crown will vary depending on the materials used, your dentist’s rates, what type of tooth is being crowned and whether you have dental insurance. In general, crown will cost between $800 and $2,000. Additional procedures may be needed and your doctor will advise you as to their cost.
Although the cost of a crown may be daunting, it’s important to remember that it will protect you from additional expenses down the road. A single crown is much less expensive than a root canal, extraction or multiple crowns and fillings required to contain spreading tooth decay.
Taking this preventive measure can isolate the problem and strengthen your teeth to protect the overall health of your mouth.
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