When a cavity or fracture involves at least half the width of the tooth, you’ll need more than just a filling to fix it. The rest of the tooth’s structure will be weakened and could very easily break if it’s left alone. To save your full smile, Dr. Bo Crofoot and Dr. Thomas Snarr can place a dental crown on the damaged area. If you’re suffering from a toothache that’s the result of decay, contact us today to make an appointment and find relief!
In dentistry, a crown is a small cap used to cover a tooth. They can be made of stainless steel or metal alloys (which can contain gold, platinum, cobalt-chromium or nickel-chromium), but they can also be made out of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. A metal restoration can often last longer, but porcelain will look more natural in the mouth and can be customized to match the color of your other teeth. Crowns are usually used to cover weakened or broken teeth, but they can also hide severe discoloration.
Before anything else, we’ll need to prepare your teeth to receive dental crowns in Rexburg. This might mean removing small amounts of enamel to make room for the restoration, or (in the case of a badly decayed tooth) we might need to instead use filling material to strengthen the tooth and ensure that it will be able to provide adequate support.
Once everything’s ready, we’ll take impressions of the tooth that will be used to make the crown. That way it’ll fit perfectly in your mouth. It can take a few weeks for the permanent crown to be made, so you might receive a temporary one to protect your tooth in the meantime. Once your crown is ready, we’ll call you in for another appointment so that we can cement it in place.
Your first question for the dentist in Rexburg might be “How much will a dental crown cost?” The answer is going to be different for every patient because there are several variables to take into account, such as how many crowns are needed or the type of material they’re made of. During your consultation, we’ll work with you to form an accurate estimate; we can also help you make sure that you get the most out of your dental insurance benefits.