Protect and Restore Your Smile
We demand a lot from our teeth. Over the years, the stress placed on teeth can lead to chips, cracks, fractures, decay, and trauma. Custom-made dental crowns and bridges, available at our York practice serving Lancaster and surrounding communities, can provide support for compromised teeth, or replace missing teeth. Using the very latest technology, we can create and place dental crowns in a single visit!
Rebuilding Your Smile
Dental crowns, also known as caps, fully cover a tooth that has been compromised by trauma or decay. After the damaged portions of the tooth are removed, the crown is placed to provide support, and to balance the patient’s bite. Crowns may also be used to restore a dental implant. Often, a dental crown is used to restore a tooth that has undergone a root canal. Bridges, also called fixed partial dentures, are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges may be held in place with either two adjacent dental crowns on natural teeth, or dental implants.
Traditionally, dental crowns were made using all metal, metal fused with porcelain, or all porcelain. Our practice prefers all-porcelain crowns, because they are highly durable and look natural. The cosmetic impact of an all porcelain crown has no equal. The color rendition and translucence of all porcelain restorations mimic that of natural teeth. NO MORE do you need to tolerate a dark line at the gum line on a crowned tooth. View some of our patients’ dental crown results in our before and after dental crowns photo gallery.
Same-Day Restorations Available in Hellam
Receiving a dental crown used to require a minimum of two visits to the dentist, and two to three weeks for an off-site dental laboratory to create the restoration. Using our in-office CEREC technology, we are able to offer patients same-day crowns. This technology uses digital impressions and computer-guided milling tools to create custom restorations faster than ever before.
Restorations created with CEREC technology offer many advantages over traditional restorations:
- Comfort. Digital imaging of the mouth eliminates the need for messy gel impressions.
- Efficiency. Patients can receive fully customized, functional restorations in just one visit.
- Durability. Milled porcelain is extremely strong, and with proper care, crowns can last for many years.
- Quality. Crafting restorations in our office allows us to exercise complete control over the quality of restorations, consistent with the exceptional level of care our practice is committed to providing.
Crowns and bridges not only improve patients’ quality of life by restoring their bite, but also restore self-confidence that may be affected by a compromised smile. Your smile is a valuable asset. If you are suffering with a compromised smile, we will use the best materials and the latest technology to restore the function and aesthetics you deserve. If you are also interested in enhancing the overall appearance of your smile, crowns and bridges may be combined with teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and other treatments.
Factors Affecting The Cost Of Your Dental Crown
The total price of your dental crown procedure will be influenced by:
The Materials Used
Traditionally, dental crowns were made using all-metal or metal fused with porcelain. Thanks to advances in restorative dentistry, today’s crowns can be made from much more natural-looking materials, such as all-porcelain or zirconia. At most practices, these advanced materials are only offered for crowns created at an outside lab. At the Center for Dental Excellence, we can provide a same-day crown that will be milled from a solid block of porcelain. These materials not only mimic the look and sheen of natural enamel, they also offer unrivaled strength. Although all-porcelain and zirconia crowns are more expensive than all-metal types, many patients feel their beauty and durability make them a worthy investment.
In many cases, a crowning procedure is the only treatment needed to restore a damaged tooth. However, if you have gum disease or another oral health concern, additional procedures may be required before we can place your crown, which typically results in higher total costs. Those who are seeking the unmatched benefits of an implant-supported crown after losing a tooth or having one extracted will face significantly higher costs since they will need to undergo a dental implant placement surgery first. Dr. bell will be sure to go over the details of your customized treatment plan in order to ensure that you are fully aware of each procedure and its associated costs.
Schedule An Appointment Today
At our practice we believe you deserve a happy, healthy smile that you can be proud to share. If you are interested in crowns, fixed bridges or other treatments, please contact one of our offices in Hellam & York to schedule a comprehensive consultation.