Sometimes teeth undergo significant damage due to cavities, heavy bite forces, trauma, or even normal functioning. If a root canal is needed to salvage a severely compromised nerve, the tooth may be especially fragile. Many situations can leave teeth in danger of loss if treatment is bypassed. Dental crowns, or caps, allow these teeth to be rebuilt and covered with materials that mimic nature. Not only are most “capped” teeth indistinguishable from natural teeth, but they're also extremely secure and comfortable.
Crowns can be crafted to repair a single tooth, multiple teeth (including the entire mouth), or in conjunction with dental implants to fill a space. In fact, when missing teeth enter the equation, special consideration might be given to placing a dental bridge or implants.
While the strength and beauty of materials continue to advance, the skill of the practitioner makes a significant difference in every outcome. Dr. Kathrina Agatep focuses on utilizing the best techniques for comprehensive care, returning even the most damaged mouths to full health.
Dr Agatep specializes in two types of crowns:
CEREC – Chairside CAD/CAM Ceramic Crowns
Today's technology allows us to simplify the delivery of a crown into just one appointment. After gentle shaping of the tooth, detailed digital images captured by a computer give us the data we need to design your new restoration. Powerful software coupled with our training leads to a crown milled from the finest porcelain available, within a few minutes. We bond your new crown firmly into place, and you'll be on your way! We look forward to introducing you to the difference advanced dental techniques make in your experience!
Using CAD/CAM technology coupled to an onsite milling machine, we have the ability to design and deliver ceramic crowns in one visit. From start to finish, the average wait time can be approximately 2 hours. The materials used for ceramic crowns typically wear the same as natural teeth, and have shown durability beyond 5 years.
Zirconia Porcelain Crowns
This is our preferred crown of choice due to its durability and bond strength. Zirconia is the hardest known ceramic in the industry, and we have a fun video of Dr. Agatep trying to (unsuccessfully) shatter one with a hammer. When choosing Zirconia, we typically will provide you with a temporary crown, and send your impression to a local lab for the crown fabrication. Typical turnaround time is 5-8 days.
How much does a crown cost?
The price of a crown can vary depending on a number of factors. Your dental benefits, type of materials used, and turnaround time can affect the final price.
According to Fair Health Consumer, a third party reference for healthcare prices, the out-of-pocket post for a crown in the 92121 zip code is $1,425. If you have dental benefits, we typically see contracted prices for basic porcelain crowns (D2740) in the $700-850 range.
At Dental Design SD, we typically place two types of crowns, but may choose to work with other materials depending on tooth number, aesthetic considerations, and what your benefits allow.
Have more questions? Give us a call at (858) 490-4281