Dental Crowns – Bettendorf, IA
The Protection You Need
for Damaged Teeth
Did you know that single dental crowns are the most common restorative procedure in the United States? It’s true! According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 2 million crowns are placed each year.
At Pleasant Valley Dentistry, Dr. Joshua Thomas Pogue helps patients with damaged or decayed teeth to restore their smile with attractive, durable crowns. If you believe you could benefit from this tried-and-true dental restoration, do not hesitate to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Pogue today!
Why Choose Pleasant Valley Dentistry for Dental Crowns?
- CEREC: Top-Quality Crowns in a Single Appointment
- Kind, Friendly, & Highly Experienced Dentist
- Durable and Attractive Porcelain Restorations
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown – sometimes known as a dental cap – is a tooth-shaped restoration that fits on top of a compromised tooth to restore its shape, size and strength. In addition to protecting teeth that have been cracked, weakened or fractured, dental crowns can also significantly improve the appearance of misshapen or undersized teeth.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
You should talk to a dentist in Bettendorf about getting a dental crown if you have:
- Broken, cracked or fractured teeth
- Discolored, misshapen or undersized teeth
- Teeth that have already undergone root canal therapy
- Teeth with large dental fillings, as these can weaken the teeth walls
The Dental Crown Procedure
Unlike most dental practices that require two trips to complete dental crown placement, Dr. Pogue provides custom-made crowns in a single appointment! What’s his secret? He uses cutting-edge CEREC technology.
The CEREC system combines computer-assisted design and manufacturing technology to craft high-quality crowns in-office in just about an hour.
When you visit Pleasant Valley Dentistry for a dental crown, Dr. Pogue will first prepare the tooth by filing it down to make room for the restoration.
Then, a digital impression will be made of your tooth using a very small intraoral camera. This data will be uploaded into the CEREC software, where Dr. Pogue will make a virtual model of your tooth and your custom restoration.
The digital crown model will then be wirelessly transmitted to the in-office milling machine, which will create your new dental crown right then and there!
Once the crown the ready, Dr. Pogue will place the it on your tooth and send you on your way.
What Are the Benefits of Crowns?
Pleasant Valley Dentistry recommends dental crowns to protect and restore damaged teeth due to their wide range of benefits, such as:
- Superb Protection – Dental crowns protect broken, decayed or cracked teeth from further damage and can often prevent the need for extraction.
- Improve Eating Ability – Thanks to crowns’ extreme durability, you can eat all your favorite foods without worry!
- Enhance Appearance – If you have a discolored or misshapen tooth, natural-colored dental crowns can majorly enhance the appearance of your smile and give you a big boost of self-confidence.
- Custom Restoration – Every crown made at Pleasant Valley Dentistry is custom-designed to meet your specific smile needs.
Care Tips for After Crown Placement
Caring for a dental crown is fairly easy but very important. Immediately following crown placement, you may feel slight tenderness around the affected area. However, any discomfort can be easily treated with over-the-counter pain medication and will quickly subside in a few short days.
For the first 24 hours following the placement procedure, be sure to avoid sticky foods that could pull on or even dislodge your new crown.
Soak and gently rinse the side of the mouth where the crown is located with warm salt water twice a day for a least 5 days, or as directed by Dr. Pogue.
After the first day following crown placement, you may eat and drink all your favorite foods and beverages, as well as clean your tooth normally.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Crowns
Given what you’ve read, perhaps you’d like a dental crown. After all, the dental cap will make your tooth stronger and prettier! Still, you may worry about pricing. In truth, though, the cost of dental crowns varies by patient. That means you must see Dr. Pogue for an exact estimate. However, you can trust Pleasant Valley Dentistry for affordable care regardless. Our team will guide you through the financial facts and payment options. To learn more, keep reading or call our office for details.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Dental Crowns
As with any cosmetic work, our office will perform an oral exam before your treatment. This approach lets Dr. Pogue review factors impacting your crown’s cost. Such things include:
- Tooth Damage – The more severe your tooth’s damage, the more costly a crown treatment will be. For instance, a chomper could be broken enough to need a root canal before crown placement.
- Crown Material – Today, metal crowns are cheaper than non-metallic, tooth-colored ones. If your cap is made of porcelain or zirconia, then, it’ll cost more than if made from gold or silver.
- Crown Creation Method – Some dental practices offer same-day crown creation and placement. This method, which uses CEREC software, is more expensive than the traditional approach.
Remember: When evaluating your crown options, the cheapest choices aren’t always the best. You’d ideally get a quality cap for your mouth, but a low price reflects inferior goods. So, choose a prosthetic that’ll look and feel good for years.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?
Generally, yes – dental insurance offers coverage for dental crowns. Since the latter restorations count as a major dental procedure, most policies will cover 50% of their cost. That said, this fact only applies when the deductible is met and when the crowns are medically necessary.
Keep in mind, however, that exceptions exist. It’s possible your insurance doesn’t include crown coverage. Therefore, confirm your plan’s benefits before pursuing treatment. If necessary, our dental team can even help with that step.
Other Options for Making Dental Crowns Affordable
Thankfully, dental insurance isn’t the only way to make crowns affordable. Other methods can also be used. Many dental practices, especially, provide unique payment options.
Consider our own Pleasant Valley Dentistry, for instance. We happen to offer flexible financing through CareCredit – a third-party financier. In doing so, we allow patients to cover treatment with monthly, low-interest installments. As such, you could gradually afford a crown’s cost instead of all at once.
In the end, Pleasant Valley Dentistry will work to make your crown effective and budget-friendly. It’s thus a good idea to book a consultation with our office. Our team will make the visit worthwhile!
Frequently Asked Questions – Dental Crowns
A dental crown can do so much to bolster the health of a damaged tooth while improving the way your smile looks. As beneficial as dental crowns are, though, you may have a few questions that you want answered before you go through with this treatment. Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the dental crown questions that Dr. Pogue and our team get asked the most often.
How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost?
Because there are so many variables that go into the cost of dental crowns, there is no fixed answer to this question. During your consultation, we can provide you with a cost estimate for your crown. The price will depend on multiple factors, such as how many crowns you need and on which teeth they’re being placed.
If you need help paying for your crown, our team can help you maximize your dental insurance benefits. We also offer low-interest financing plans through our partnership with CareCredit.
Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Crowns?
Unless you’re getting a crown for purely cosmetic reasons (such as to conceal a severely discolored tooth), then your dental insurance company will likely foot some of the bill. Most plans consider dental crowns to be a major restorative procedure. Therefore, they will often cover about 50% of the cost.
At Pleasant Valley Dentistry, we are in-network with Delta Dental, one of the most popular dental insurance companies in the United States. However, even if you have a different plan, we’ll be more than happy to file your claims for you and help you make the most of your benefits.
Can a Tooth with a Crown Still Get Cavities?
The main purpose of a dental crown is to protect a vulnerable tooth from additional damage. However, it does not completely eliminate the chance that new cavities will form in the underlying tooth. Food particles and bacteria could still find their way underneath the crown and contribute to decay. That’s why good oral hygiene is absolutely essential when you have a dental crown. When you brush, pay extra attention to the area along your gumline to reduce the risk of decay forming in your capped tooth.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
As long as it receives the right aftercare, a dental crown can easily last for 10+ years. To help your restoration last as long as possible, you should brush and floss every single day, visit us on a regular basis for checkups and cleanings, and avoid chewing on extremely hard or sticky foods that could fracture or loosen the crown.