Published: 02/16/2017

Whether you are getting a dental crown for the first time, or you are replacing an old crown with a new one, you probably have some questions. We definitely understand. At our office, we help patients get dental crowns in Thousand Oaks, CA and the general area. To help you understand the process, we have answered some of the biggest concerns that our patients have.

1: What are some reasons I might need a dental crown?

People get dental crowns for a variety of reasons:

· You have a tooth that has a lot of decay, but does not need to be extracted.

· You have a chipped tooth, and a tooth crown is the best way to fix it.

· You have a dental crown, but it is coming off and you want a replacement.

· You had a root canal, which left your tooth a different color from the rest of your teeth.

· You have a tooth that suffered a trauma, or just never “fit in”, and you want to repair it.

Your situation will be completely unique, but these are some of the more common reasons.

2: Does a crown cost a lot of money?

The amount you will pay on your crown depends on a number of factors. If you pay out of pocket, we can let you know before the procedure how much it will cost. If you have dental insurance, we can help you find out how much the provider will likely pay. Remember that even if it is covered, you may still owe a co-pay at the time of service.

3: How long does it take to get a tooth crown?

At our dental office, we have a special CEREC® machine that allows us to use technology and make a customized crown in about an hour. This means you do not have to schedule several appointments, and can expect same-day service.

4: What will my CEREC® dental crown look like?

The CEREC® machine uses non-metallic materials to replicate the color and shape of your existing teeth for every crown. Most people would find it difficult to see the difference between a CEREC® tooth crown and the surrounding teeth!

5: How can I protect my dental crown?

In addition to regular brushing, flossing and twice-yearly dental appointments, you should make sure that you do not put too much pressure on your dental crown. Although it is very strong, it can crack and break like a normal tooth.  If you notice any concerns, call your dentist immediately to get it repaired.

Need more advice regarding tooth crowns? Give our office a call.

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