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Dental Crowns

When a tooth is decayed or damaged but is still relatively healthy, a dental crown procedure can be a good way to restore the appearance and functionality of the tooth. If you’ve been looking for a restorative dentist in Prairie Village, our professional team at Chaney Dental can help you restore your teeth and leave you with a beautiful and healthy smile. Contact us today!

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How much does a dental crown cost?

Traditional crowns are popular dental treatments in restorative dentistry, and as such, insurance usually covers most if not all of the cost of a dental crown procedure. CEREC® same-day crowns are comparable to traditional crowns in terms of price, despite being a faster option.

If you are uninsured or underinsured, we accept payment through CareCredit®, a third-party payment plan that splits up the cost of dental care into manageable monthly payments. Chaney Dental also offers an in-house membership plan that covers the cost of preventive services and offers discounts on common restorative treatments like dental crown procedures.

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How do CEREC® crowns work?

The CEREC same-day crown process is similar to having a traditional crown placed, except there is no need for multiple appointments or temporary crowns. Once your digital impressions are taken, our CEREC machine will print your custom CEREC crown in less than half an hour, at which point it will be ready to be placed on the affected tooth, and any necessary adjustments can be made. Same-day dental crowns are similar to traditional crowns when it comes to durability and natural-looking appearance, the process is just faster.

How long do dental crowns last?

The average lifetime of a traditional dental crown and a same-day dental crown is 10 to 20 years years. With proper care and routine dental visits, crowns can last even longer, sometimes 20 to 30 years. Avoiding things like teeth clenching and grinding and chewing on hard foods or ice can help your crown remain in good condition for a long time. It’s also important that the tooth underneath the crown stays healthy because if the tooth needs any dental work, the crown will most likely need to be removed.

Are dental crowns painful?

A dental crown procedure begins with a local anesthetic being administered to numb the area around the tooth that is getting a crown. The treatment itself should be totally painless. After the numbness wears off, you may experience some soreness, sensitivity, or pain for a few days. It shouldn’t be anything that over-the-counter pain medication or a topical anesthetic gel can’t help relieve. If you are still experiencing pain or discomfort in the weeks following the dental crown procedure, you will want to have your dentist take a look at the crown.

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Which type of dental crown is right for me?

Both traditional crowns and CEREC same-day crowns are excellent choices for strengthening a weakened or damaged tooth. For patients who lead active lifestyles, we often recommend same-day dental crowns because they are a faster treatment option and don’t require multiple trips to our office. Traditional crowns can be made of different materials, so they can further cater to the unique needs of each patient, whereas same-day dental crowns are only made of ceramic. Our team can help you determine which choice will be the best for you at your consultation.

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What are dental crowns used for?

Dental crowns can be used for a variety of cosmetic and restorative purposes. If one or more teeth are misshapen or too discolored to be enhanced with teeth whitening, dental crowns can be used to instantly restore their appearance. Root canals involve removing the inside of a tooth, which affects the structure of the tooth and weakens it. Dental crowns provide much needed support for the tooth so that it does not break or become infected. Custom dental crowns are also created and placed on top of dental implants to mimic the appearance and functionality of a real tooth.

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What is aftercare like for traditional and CEREC same-day crowns?

Once you leave our office, you will want to wait until the numbness wears off before you attempt to eat anything. Keeping over-the-counter pain medication on hand post-treatment is a good idea in case you experience any pain or discomfort. You should avoid crunchy or sticky foods for a while and chew with the other side of your mouth while the crown settles. If a temporary crown is used, you should be careful with it until your permanent crown is placed. With same-day dental crowns, patients only need to take extra precautions with their new crown for a few days before they can return to their normal diet.