The dentist recommends getting a crown for one of your teeth. Before you authorize the work, you need to consider a few things. Go over these five questions with the dentist, so you can make an informed decision.
1. Is the Tooth Cracked or Crazed?
If your tooth is cracked, you will likely need a crown. However, if it is only crazed, you likely don’t need one. A crazed tooth has lines on the surface, often caused by teeth clenching or grinding. These lines are superficial and do not compromise the integrity of the tooth. Implanting a crown isn’t necessary.
2. Is a Crown the Only Option?
A full dental crown in Mesa encapsulates the tooth and offers protection from all sides. However, it’s not always the only option available. You can have the tooth extracted completely. You can have a 3/4 crown or inlay installed. In some cases, a veneer placement can handle the situation. You can get the tooth stabilized and postpone the crown placement.
3. Do You Need a Root Canal?
You can get a crown without a root canal. However, if you get a root canal, the dentist may insist on the crown.
If the tooth has become infected or is rotting from the inside, the dentist may recommend a root canal. This procedure involves cleaning out the tooth pulp and nerves, then filling it dental material to seal it from further infection. In most cases, the dentist will install a crown to preserve the strength of the tooth.
4. How Long Will the Procedure Take?
Getting a crown usually takes two visits to the dental office. The first visit involves preparing the tooth for the crown and making a dental impression so the lab can build the crown. The second visit involves permanently installing the crown. The lab can take a few weeks to construct the crown.
5. How Much Will the Crown Cost?
The cost of the crown will vary depending on the material it’s made from. It can range from about $1000 per tooth up to $3000 or even $5000 in some cases. Make an appointment to see the dentist and get a formal estimate for the work.
These questions will help you make the right decision on having the crown put in. If you need a second opinion, or need any dental assistance, contact Mesa Dental today. We are the dentists Mesa residents love and trust.