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Crowns

Sensational Smiles of Charleston in Goose Creek, SC brings you strong, durable and beautiful tooth restorations with dental crowns. Dental crowns are caps that completely encase a tooth, strengthening it while improving its appearance and structure. With a dental crown, the tooth is completely restored, so your dentist doesn’t need to perform complex dental treatments.

Crowns are permanently bonded to the teeth and are available in different materials like porcelain, stainless steel, and Zirconia. Stainless steel crowns are often used on children or individuals who have a high risk for tooth decay. Porcelain crowns, on the other hand, are highly preferred by many patients because they greatly resemble the look and color of real teeth.  Zirconia crowns are extremely strong, tooth colored, and rated as unbreakable!  We have the availability to offer both Emax porcelain crowns, which have superior esthetics, and Zirconia crowns which have superior strenth as same day crowns.

Dr. Rutecki will discuss with you your various options and then help you decide on which type of crowns suits you the most. A general price guideline for a porcelain crown is $900 per tooth.  Porcelain Veneers (cosmetic coverings over front teeth) are $1100 per tooth.

 

When is a Dental Crown Necessary?

Dr. Richard Rutecki will first examine your teeth to determine your course of treatment. A dental crown may be necessary under one or more of the following conditions:

  • When a tooth is weak, cracked, or breaking; thereby, needing support
  • When a tooth is severely damaged yet can still be saved
  • When a tooth needs structural support following procedures like fillings and root canal therapy
  • When a dental bridge needs support
  • When a dental implant needs to be covered
  • When a tooth needs cosmetic enhancement, such as in the case of a discolored tooth or a tooth that’s badly misshapen

 

What Happens During Dental Crown Placement?

Dr. Rutecki will need to examine and prepare your teeth for the procedure. X-rays may be taken so the dentist can check the underlying roots and surrounding bones of a tooth. If a tooth is badly decayed, the dentist will need to remove the decay and bacteria first before the crowns are placed, via procedures like root canal therapy. This ensures that the crowns do not trap dirt and bacteria deep within a tooth, once they’re placed.

Tooth preparation then follows. A tooth is filed down by a few millimeters to accommodate the crown. The amount of enamel to be removed depends on the type of crown to be used. Porcelain crowns may require more filing than all metal crowns, which are thinner.

After tooth preparation, Dr. Rutecki will now take impressions of your teeth. This model of your teeth will be used, to create your custom-fitted crowns accurately. Your measurements will be sent to a dental lab that will fabricate your permanent crowns. The lab may take 2 to 3 weeks to create the crowns, ensuring durability and precision.

Since the tooth has already been filed and prepared, you will need to wear a temporary crown. This will cover and protect your tooth while waiting for your permanent crown to be finished. Temporary crowns will be adhered using temporary cement. In time, your permanent crowns will be finished, and you will return to Dr. Rutecki for the bonding procedure of your permanent crowns.

 

Get Your Dental Crowns at Sensational Smiles of Charleston!

Crowns are tooth restorations that can provide you with a lifetime of strength, durability and aesthetics. Call us today, at Sensational Smiles of Charleston at (843) 569-8795 and receive top notch, exceptional dental care in Goose Creek, SC.