Chester Springs dentist Jason Petkevis, DMD restores structurally unsound teeth and replaces existing restorations with custom dental crowns that look and feel like natural teeth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, sometimes called a tooth cap or tooth crown, is used to restore cracked teeth, crooked teeth, and teeth that have been compromised by cavities. They are also used as replacement teeth and secured to dental implants for patients that are missing teeth. The dental crown covers the entire tooth, like a thimble, and is permanently cemented into place.
About Porcelain Dental Crowns
There are many materials that a dentist can choose from for creating a dental crown. Dr. Petkevis chooses porcelain dental crowns because of their superior esthetics and long-term durability.
Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns
- Metal free: do not cause discoloration along the gum like conventional metal dental caps
- Extremely natural looking: porcelain dental crowns are made of layers of fine ceramic material, to reflect light like natural tooth enamel
- Long lasting: porcelain dental crowns are highly durable, as well as stain resistant, meaning they will continue to look great for years to come
Dental Crown Procedure Overview
Many patients avoid the dentist because they fear a dental crown procedure will be painful and complicated. The process for placing crowns on teeth is actually quite simple. Dr. Petkevis focuses on the pre-treatment planning to ensure that the results will be predictable and successful.
To start, Dr. Petkevis will remove any existing crowns or fillings and prepare the tooth for the new tooth crown. Dr. Petkevis takes a very conservative approach in preparing the tooth to remove as little tooth structure as necessary to ensure a stable fit.
Dr. Petkevis has a close working relationship with expert ceramists in dental laboratories across the United States. He will select the best materials for your restoration. While the dental crown is being hand made, Dr. Petkevis may place a temporary dental crown to protect your tooth in the intermediate time.
Once the permanent dental crown has arrived from the laboratory, Dr. Petkevis will try it on for fit and color. He can make any minor adjustments in our office before securing the crown with a special adhesive. You can care for your dental crowns the same as your natural teeth. Routine visits to the dentist will ensure that your dental crown is stable and long lasting.
Dental Crown Frequently Asked Questions
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Patients often worry about dental crown pain. We take steps to ensure that each patient undergoing treatment with dental crowns is comfortable and relaxed. It is common for patients to experience some mild sensitivity immediately following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 to 3 days of treatment.
How much does a dental crown cost?
Dental crown cost varies by the type of material used and specific condition of the patient. Before we begin treatment, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the dental crown cost. We accept most major dental insurance and also offer convenient payment options including interest free financing through Care Credit for qualified patients.
I have a gold crown, can I have it replaced with a porcelain crown?
Yes, Dr. Petkevis is able to replace metal dental crowns, broken or worn dental crowns with new, porcelain dental crowns. Replacing dental crowns is a simple procedure that can provide dramatic improvement in the appearance of the smile.