Trusted Cosmetic Dental Crown Dentistry in Lafayette, LA
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a restorative dentistry technique that allows Dr. Fontenot to restore, strengthen and improve the tooth’s appearance.
With a dental crown procedure, a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ is placed completely over the existing tooth down to the gumline. The existing tooth may be filed down or prepared in a way that accepts the crown. The procedure is used when the existing tooth may be damaged, but is still functional.
Patients who elect to get dental crowns are typically looking to mitigate long-term tooth loss or decay. The crowns support existing teeth and give restorative function to those teeth.
Types of Dental Crowns
The are 4 main types of dental crowns:
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Dental Crown Costs & Benefits
There are numerous advantages to choosing dental crowns over other options for cosmetic dentistry.
- They are semi-permanent – Dental crowns help mitigate more tooth decay and shore up the strength of an existing tooth.
- They match the surrounding teeth – Dental crowns can match your other teeth’s existing color.
- They are a more affordable option than dental implants – Because there is no ‘post’ on a dental crown, the costs are lower than compared to dental implants.
Dental crowns typically cost less than dental implants but more than veneers.
- The cost of a dental crown depends on what type of materials are used; the sizing, condition & location of the tooth. If deemed a medical reason, dental insurance might cover about 50% of the cost, but call your specific insurance provider first to confirm. Dental crowns are typically not covered if they are considered cosmetic, and many dental plans have a maximum annual coverage limit of between $1,000-$1,500.
According to CostHelper, the cost of dental crowns varies widely, based on the types of crowns being made and the materials used. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can cost between $900-$1,400 per tooth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can cost between $500-$1000 per tooth, gold & base metal alloy crowns can cost between $600-$2,500 per tooth. All-ceramic crowns are the most expensive due to the skill level needed & can cost between $800 – $3,000 (average cost is ~$1,500).
Many dentists, including Dr. Fontenot, offer patient financing through programs such as CareCredit for dental implants. Call your dental insurance provider directly to ask about any coverage they may offer for the procedure.
To learn more about dental crown dentistry and other cosmetic dentistry choices, call Dr. Fontenot’s dental office today in Lafayette, LA.
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