What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are used to cover teeth that have been impacted by severe decay, trauma, or infection. They can also be used with dental implants and bridges to replace teeth that have fallen out or been extracted.
Buffalo-area cosmetic dentist Dr. Larry Evola is pleased to offer various dental crown options, enabling him to meet the varied needs of each patient he sees. If you suspect you could benefit from a dental crown – or if you have a crown that needs to be replaced – call Forestream Dental at 716-656-8686 to schedule a free consultation. Locations in Depew, Buffalo, and Cheektowaga.
- When is a Dental Crown Necessary?
- What Types of Dental Crowns are Available?
- What is the Dental Crown Process?
- How Much do Dental Crowns Cost?
- Can Dental Crowns be Combined with Other Procedures?
- Why Choose Forestream Dental?
- Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Dental crowns are placed over teeth that are structurally damaged. They serve to protect the tooth from future damage, allowing for the natural tooth – and its root – to be preserved. This helps reduce issues, such as jaw shrinkage, related to tooth loss while eliminating the need for more invasive procedures like dental implants.
At Forestream Dental, tooth crowns are used to:
- Restore teeth that are cracked, broken, or fractured
- Protect teeth from future infection following root canal therapy
- Provide support for teeth weakened by decay
- Cover badly shaped or severely discolored teeth
- Replace a lost tooth (when placed on an implant)
- Attach a dental bridge
Also known as “caps,” dental crowns cover the impacted tooth or teeth entirely, providing a structurally sound, functionally superior, and aesthetically pleasing appearance to teeth that are compromised, unsightly, or missing entirely. The best way to determine if a crown is the best solution for your smile is through a free, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Evola.
Dr. Evola offers three different types of tooth crowns:
- All-porcelain crowns – all-porcelain dental crowns are the most natural in appearance. Shaded and shaped to fit seamlessly into your smile, porcelain crowns retain a natural translucency and are able to reflect light in the same way as tooth enamel. If the tooth that needs a crown is in the front of your mouth, a porcelain crown will always produce the most desirable aesthetics.
- Gold crowns – Gold is very durable but obviously not as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain, which looks like your natural tooth. More durable than porcelain on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, gold dental crowns may be best if a molar needs a crown.
Gold costs less than all-porcelain crowns and may be a better option in cases where cost is a consideration. We offer the Dental Assurance Plan along with several financing options to help ensure you are receiving the best treatment for your needs.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns – If the crown is for a back tooth and cost is not a consideration, porcelain fused to metal is a good choice, as it's very strong, makes a good chewing surface and will match your other teeth in color. These crowns have a metal lining inside the porcelain exterior, enabling them to retain a natural appearance while offering optimal durability.
One caution for these types of crowns is that as the years pass and your gums start to recede, the metal lining can show as a dark line along the gum line. This can sometimes be addressed with bonding or black line removal procedures at our office.
Gold dental crowns are placed during a single office visit. Porcelain crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns will require two office visits for completion.
For all types of crowns, Dr. Evola will prepare your tooth, taking care to remove any damaged or decayed portions to ensure the tooth underneath the crown is as strong and healthy as possible. If you are having a gold crown inserted, it can be placed at this point. If you are having a fabricated crown created, Dr. Evola will make an impression of your teeth to create a mold for our dental lab partners.
Our dental lab partners use the information sent by Dr. Evola to create a customized dental crown that will look and feel natural once in your mouth. This process can take two to three weeks, during which time you will be fit with a temporary crown to help protect the affected tooth and assist with functional issues.
When your customized restoration is ready, you will return to our office to have it placed. During this visit, Dr. Evola attaches the new crown temporarily and has you bite down to test the crown's shape. If necessary, he'll do some fine-tuning to make sure your bite is comfortable. When both you and he are satisfied, he'll use dental cement to permanently attach the crown, restoring optimal strength and beauty to your smile.
The price of a tooth crown varies depending on the material used and the amount of time it takes to place. On average, crowns cost between $600 and $1300 each. Porcelain crowns are more expensive because they are more difficult to place, require a third-party to produce, and necessitate additional visits and services.
Insurance will typically cover some, but not all, of the cost of a crown. We'll be happy to evaluate your insurance coverage and let you know what portion will be covered. If you don't have much coverage for crowns or don't have dental insurance, ask us about third-party financing companies during your initial consultation. We work with various companies that specialize in dental financing and offer competitive interest rates. Don’t let money stand in the way of a healthy smile. We will work with you to find the best fix for your teeth at a price you can afford.
Dr. Evola and his staff offer complimentary consultations to evaluate your dental needs and to determine the right course of action for you. If you suspect you need a new tooth crown or it's time to replace an old crown, call or email cosmetic dentist, Dr. Evola today. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you and we'll also check any insurance coverage you have to help with the cost of your new crown.
Dental crowns can be used on their own to restore a single tooth. They may also be used with dental bridges or implants to replace missing teeth. When necessary or desirable, they can be combined with other procedures to produce a complete smile makeover.
A smile makeover will address every functional and cosmetic issue impacting your smile to produce a natural-looking and structurally superior bite that lasts for years. If you are struggling with several oral health and beauty issues, talk to Dr. Evola about your options and let us help you achieve the bright, beautiful, and impressive smile you deserve.
Caring, compassionate, and effective, Dr. Evola and the team at Forestream Dental are entirely devoted to helping every patient look and feel their very best. A graduate of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, Dr. Evola has the background, training, and practical experience to address even the most advanced dental issues and his comprehensive approach is completed without judgment, criticism, of question. In fact, part of the Forestream Difference is our absolute commitment to patient care – and that begins with showing you respect and offering your honest and frank information about your options, our methods, and the most effective way to reach your goals.
If you are looking for an experienced, thoughtful, and thorough dentist, get in touch today for a free consultation to learn more about our office, our services, and our unyielding commitment to your health and happiness.
"For years I dreamed about a better smile, but didn't do anything about it. I'm a hair stylist in Lancaster and one day one of my clients came in with new beautiful teeth. She told me she got her new look at Forestream Dental in Lancaster. I said to myself, Tina, it's your turn. So I went to see Dr. Evola at Forestream and asked him to make my teeth look good. And, you know what, he made them look great! So, if you see someone around Buffalo flashing a Julia Roberts killer smile, stop and say "hi," it's probably me." -T.W.
"Dr. Evola is the best dentist and has a great staff..wish I would of been there years ago he has fixed so many problems I have had.. very nice guy and gentle.. I highly recommend him. Thank you Dr. Larry Evola!!" - J.G.
"They are really great there, I've been going for years and they treat me incredibly well. My primary hygienist is Ana and has been since I was young and she always does an awesome job!" - T.F.
Call 716-656-8686 to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Evola happily serves patients living in Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park, Williamsville, and surrounding New York areas from our comfortable, clean, and inviting Depew, New York office.