When you look in the mirror, do you immediately notice a discolored tooth, or teeth that are chipped, cracked, or broken? Do you wish that you could fix teeth that are decayed or weakened? At Anderson and Atkins, DDS we are dedicated to providing you with the best restorative dental care possible. Our skilled team can make your smile bright by using crowns or veneers to restore damaged teeth. Let us help you make the choice that’s best for you.
FAQs for Crowns
What is a Crown?
A crown is a covering for your entire tooth. Made up of porcelain, porcelain fused to a metal alloy, or an all-metal alloy, a crown is typically 2 mm in thickness. In order to cover your whole tooth, we may need to file or grind your tooth down. If you are receiving a crown due to tooth decay, we will remove the decayed part of your tooth before crown placement. For damaged teeth, we may need to build up the tooth to support the crown.
What are the Steps to Getting a Crown?
If you have a root canal, a large filling, or a tooth that is cracked or worn, a crown might be your best option. In this case, we will make a mold of your tooth and send it to a lab to make the crown. After any preliminary procedures, we will place a temporary crown over your ground-down tooth. Once the permanent crown is available, we’ll replace the temporary crown with the permanent one, make adjustments so that it fits correctly, and cement it into place.
What is the Cost of a Crown?
The material of your crown impacts the overall cost. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are often more expensive than all-metal crowns, however, porcelain and ceramic crowns are more desirable because they match the rest of your teeth. Crowns can cost anywhere between $1,000 to $3,500 per tooth, according to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry. But this strictly covers the cost of the crown. Any other procedures needed before the crown is made, like a root canal or core buildup, are not included. The good news is, your dental insurance may cover a portion of this cost. Talk to your insurance company to find out what’s covered.
FAQs for Veneers
What is a Veneer?
A veneer is a thin porcelain cover that is bonded to the front surface of your tooth. For a veneer to be the best choice, your tooth has to have enough enamel on it. We will grind down the surface of your tooth before adhering the veneer.
What are the Steps to Getting a Veneer?
Veneers are typically used for cosmetic purposes, or to correct minor shape issues. Therefore, they are much less invasive than crowns. After making an impression of your tooth, our dentists at Anderson and Atkins will trim down the surface of your tooth, making it rough enough to bond to the veneer. The veneer is hardened using an ultraviolet lamp.
What is the Cost of a Veneer?
A veneer varies in cost based on your tooth size and where it is located in your mouth. The American Cosmetic Dentistry organization states that a veneer can cost between $925 to $2,500 per tooth. In most cases, dental insurance companies do not cover the cost of cosmetic dental work.
Contact Anderson and Atkins, DDS to discuss whether a crown or veneer is right for you. Our team will create a treatment plan that fits your dental and financial needs.