Most people understand the importance of proper brushing, flossing, and visiting a dentist, but certain issues that affect your teeth may still arise even with good oral hygiene. From a broken or chipped tooth that occurred while playing a sport or more involved damage due to gum disease, you may require a tooth restoration at one point in time. Thankfully, your dentist can restore your smile back to an appealing, functional state using crowns. With this guide, you will understand a few facts regarding dental crowns.
Not Just Metal Anymore
In the past, crowns were made out of a metal material, such as gold or silver. Restoring a damaged tooth with a metal crown is a great option, since it is such a durable material. However, the metal material is visible to others, making it a less appealing option for some people. Fortunately, dentists began designing crowns out of a porcelain material. While natural looking and more appealing, porcelain crowns were likely to chip.
Today, more and more patients are opting for crowns that use a combination of metal and porcelain. The hybrid design uses metal for its interior with an outer layer made out of porcelain.
Crowns Will Last
A common misconception about crowns is that they are temporary fixes for damaged or broken teeth. This is partially true. Although surprising for most patients to learn, dental crowns will last between 10 and 20 years. Of course, proper care will prolong the lifespan of your crowns.
Continue brushing and flossing your teeth as normal, since a crowned tooth may still break or develop cavities. It is also recommended that you wear a mouth guard when participating in any sports or strenuous activities. This will reduce the risk of excessive force to your crowns and teeth.
Insurance Coverage Is Likely
The cost of treating an infected or broken tooth and applying a crown may depend on a few factors including severity of damage and your specific dentist. However, your dental insurance plan will most likely cover at least a portion of the crown's cost.
Most dental insurance plans cover general cleanings, exams, and even X-rays completely while covering a percentage of other treatments such as root canals and extractions. If your crown is deemed medically necessary for the good of your oral health, your dentist can file a claim for coverage on your behalf. This will ensure you can restore your smile without paying a large chunk out of your pocket.
Crowns are not fit for kings and queens only. Ask your dentist if a dental crown is the right option for your smile's needs.