Porcelain Dental Crowns – Washington, PA
We Revitalize Struggling Teeth
A crown (oftentimes referred to as a “cap”) is a common type of dental restoration here at Bartusiak Dental Care. It’s designed to cover the entire visible surface of a single tooth. This offers patients two valuable benefits – not only is the tooth’s remaining structure better preserved, but its original shape and size is replenished as well for a healthier overall smile. Crowns are ideal for patients with dental damage that’s too extensive for a simple filling, inlay, or onlay to correct successfully.
Dr. Bartusiak is proud to primarily offer high-quality ceramic and zirconia materials for dental crowns, which means that your new smile addition will look just as healthy and natural as it feels. If you’d like to learn more or schedule a first appointment here in Washington, PA, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Why Choose Bartusiak Dental Care for Porcelain Crowns?
- Emax Ceramics and BruxZir® Zirconia for Outstanding Cosmetic Improvement
- Pair Porcelain Crowns with State-of-the-Art Dental Implants
- Over 2500 Hours of Continuing Education
Do I Need A Porcelain Dental Crown?
An extensive variety of restorative needs can be addressed with a brand-new dental crown, including:
- Dental breakage/fractures
- Significant tooth decay
- Large fillings that need additional support
- When a tooth has been treated with a root canal
- When a tooth has a significant cosmetic imperfection
- When a tooth has been lost and is replaced with a dental implant that needs restoration
The Porcelain Dental Crown Process
In most cases, the creation and placement of a brand-new dental crown will require at least two appointments here in Washington, PA. First, our doctors will get started by capturing highly detailed molds of the tooth or teeth in question. This mold will also be used to create a temporary crown that patients can wear in the interim while the permanent version is being painstakingly crafted by a trusted dental laboratory. After decay is removed from the tooth and the surface is shaped to accommodate the temporary crown, it will be secured in place.
At your follow-up appointment, we will remove the temporary dental crown, thoroughly clean the dental structure, and then place the new, finished dental crown very carefully in order to ensure that the appearance, spacing, and overall bite are all ideal. We will also provide plenty of care instructions so that you can ensure a long, healthy life for the new restoration at home.
The Costs of Dental Crowns
The cost of your dental crown restoration plan will depend on the materials we use as well as a number of other factors. In most cases, we’ll recommend a crown made from ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, or zirconia in order to deliver a more natural end result. These restoration options may be a little pricier than the old-fashioned metal solutions, but they look and function much more like your healthy, natural smile, making them worth the investment for many patients. Some of the factors that influence the cost of treatment include:
- Dental insurance – those with traditional insurance benefits usually receive coverage for 50% or more of the costs of dental crowns.
- Materials – the long-lasting, natural-looking materials can be pricier, but they are less likely to need to be repaired or replaced than other materials and they blend seamlessly into your smile.
- Preparatory treatments – if you have tooth decay or damage to surrounding teeth, we will need to repair the smile prior to designing and placing your dental crown to ensure the longevity of your restoration.
- Use of sedation – dental sedation options are available and they may be recommended as part of the treatment process, especially if you need a dental crown on one or more of your back teeth.
Caring for Your Dental Crowns
Once your dental crown is in place, you’ll need to make a few minor adjustments to your at-home oral hygiene routine to ensure your crown remains whole and functional. With proper care, your dental crown will remain functional for ten years or longer. In order to preserve the dental restoration, we’ll recommend you make some adjustments to your oral hygiene products. First, you’ll need to utilize a soft or ultra soft bristled toothbrush to avoid excessive wear. You may also want to switch to a less abrasive toothpaste. To avoid tugging around the edges of the dental crown, you might want to use a waxed floss or an air or water flosser. During your regular dental exams and teeth cleanings twice a year, we can review your at-home oral hygiene routine and help you to select the right products.
In addition to these regular dental appointments and thorough at-home care, you should also protect your smile from potential damage. Use sports mouthguards to shield your smile during athletic competitions and practices, and you should always wear a mouthguard at night if you struggle with teeth grinding and clenching, bruxism. You should also avoid bad habits like using your teeth to open packages, chewing on ice, or biting your fingernails. Basically, we encourage you to take every precaution to avoid damaging your dental crown.