My primary goal as a family dentist in Mount Prospect is to get people out of pain and do all I can to ensure that my patients are at their optimal oral health. When patients are confronted by a cracked tooth, for instance, it’s important that they are given affordable and long-lasting options.
If one or more teeth are affected by chips, decay, cracks or other types of damage, same day dental crowns, also known as one-visit crowns, are the ideal solution.
But I also understand that cost is a major factor in people’s decisions when it comes to restorative dentistry.
That’s why I want to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the treatment plans I recommend and their cost.
In this article, I’m going to answer a question my team and I hear a lot: How much do dental crowns cost? I’ll delve into the different types of crowns, as well as whether insurance will help with the cost or not.
What’s the difference between a single-visit dental crown in Chicago and a lab fabricated one?
The clear difference between the two is the time.
Traditional crown fabrication is as follows
- An impression is taken of the tooth.
- The impression is sent to a dental lab.
- The dental lab fabricates the custom crown.
- The patient comes back a few weeks later to have the crown cemented.
Sometimes, there is an error in fabrication and the crown doesn’t fit as well as it should. When this happens, a new impression is taken and sent to the lab. The patient then has to come back for yet another crown fitting appointment.
Most of these steps are eliminated when a patient has a single-visit crown procedure
Dental labs typically have dozens, if not hundreds, of projects they’re working on at once.
A same day crown is made in a single visit.
At our Mount Prospect dentist office, we use a software program called CEREC® . After preparing the tooth for a crown, we use the CEREC scanner to take an image of the tooth. This is a 3D image of the tooth, as well as the structures surrounding it.
Then, the CAD/CAM software makes a 3D model of the crown. An onsite milling machine is then used to turn a piece of porcelain into a permanent crown based on that model.
CEREC is an accurate system that creates extremely well-fitting crowns. It also saves our patients a lot of time. They don’t have to wait for the lab to make the crown, and they don’t have to sit through dental impressions either.
Cost of Same Day Crowns
Now, you may be thinking – due to the advanced technology, the tooth crown cost must be a lot more than a lab fabricated one.
Actually, in our office, the dental crown cost is the same across the board. Crown fees range from $1475 to $1775 whether you get a same day crown or a lab fabricated crown.
The fee range depends on the materials used to fabricate the crown. Some patients are not the ideal candidates for all-porcelain dental crowns due to the amount of tooth structure they’ve lost. In these cases, it’s often best to have a lab make a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.
Will insurance help pay for a dental crown?
Our Mount Prospect and Chicago patients who have insurance will find that most insurance companies pay between 50% and 80% of the crown cost.
It depends on the insurance company and the plan you or your employer has with them.
We want everyone to invest in their dental health whether they have insurance or not. That’s why we have a number of payment options that can make the dental crown cost more affordable.
We believe… that every patient deserves the convenience of single visit crowns
When I prescribe a dental crown, you can be sure that there’s a good reason for it.
A dental crown can restore a damaged tooth, but it also protects the tooth.
If a patient has a cracked tooth, they shouldn’t wait until the tooth breaks before they decide to get a crown. Placing a crown before the damage has done can actually protect the tooth from even more damage.
We can keep the crack from progressing, which can prevent fracture or even damage to the nerve.
We believe that providing the best dental care for my patients includes recommending treatments that can prevent further damage.
To add to the preventative aspect of restorative dentistry, we want you benefit from the convenience of advanced dental technology. We’re truly happy to be able to offer same day crowns to our patients.
There is less time in the dental chair involved. Therefore, less time away from work and drive time to see us for multiple appointments. It’s convenient, to say the least.
Are you in need of a dental crown? Take action immediately
If you need a dental crown, don’t wait too long to treat the tooth. Taking action sooner rather than later can save you from pain, further damage, and cost.
Do you have questions about same day dental crowns? Send us an email with all of your questions!
My team and I look forward to offering some clarity so that you can make the most informed decisions about your dental health.
As we get older, our bodies aren’t as strong as they used to be. It isn’t uncommon to receive diagnoses of osteoporosis, heart disease, arthritis, or even experience tooth loss.
Some people assume that a missing tooth or two is common, something that we’ll all have to deal with eventually. A few people even believe they’ll be in full dentures by the time they reach a certain age, simply because others in their family may have experienced that.
But does it have to be that way? Is there a solution for people with missing teeth?
Dental Implants- an ideal solution for a missing Tooth
Thankfully- the answer is yes! Dental implants are playing a vital role in the health of my patients. Those with implants have healthier dentition, as well as stronger facial bone support.
Dental implants are pretty amazing. They are so strong and stable in the jaw bone that people who have them feel like they’re talking and chewing with their original teeth.
How do dental implants work?
1. First, the implant post, made of an incredibly strong metal that is bio-compatible with human bone, is placed into the jaw bone. Once placed, the metal implant integrates into the jaw bone, which means that the bone grows around and fuses to the implant post.
2. After a few months, once the bone and implant have fused, I expose the top of the implant. It shows through the gum just a bit – enough for a dental crown to securely fit on top of it.
3. This dental crown looks, fits, and feels like a real tooth. Patients can floss normally and eat any food they want.
Missing Teeth: How It Impacts Senior Health
All of this talk about implants makes them sound like a wonderful investment – which they are! But some people wonder if dental implants are more of a luxury than a necessity. Do they really need to be concerned with replacing missing teeth?
Definitely! Missing teeth can have an adverse effect on a person’s oral health as well as their general health.
1. Jaw Bone Recession
The teeth act as an anchor for the jaw bone. Without teeth, the jaw has nothing to support. So, it slowly begins to recede. You may have noticed this with people who have worn full dentures for many years. Their jaw bone – particularly the mandible, or the lower jaw – is very thin.
Jaw bone recession doesn’t just happen when people lose all their teeth. It can and will happen with one missing tooth.
The recession won’t necessarily affect the entire jaw bone, but it will affect the bone around the missing tooth. It’s really easy for people with one missing tooth to experience bone loss and gum disease around adjacent teeth. If not properly cared for at home and with the assistance of a dental professional, the problem could escalate and more teeth could be lost.
2. Loss of Vital Nutrients
But missing teeth don’t just affect the mouth – there are general health consequences as well.
The digestive process begins in the mouth. Enzymes in our mouth begin breaking down the food we eat. Chewing breaks the food down even more.
When a person loses a tooth, chewing becomes more difficult. The more teeth that are missing, the more difficult proper chewing becomes. Denture wearers find it even harder to eat because their dentures can become loose and uncomfortable.
Overtime, those who can’t chew their food properly will end up losing out on vital nutrients. Some have even lost interest in eating altogether, which compounds the nutrient problem.
But when patients replace missing teeth with dental implants or invest in implant supported dentures, chewing is easier and nutrients are more likely to be absorbed.
How dental implants can benefit those with dentures
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, almost 28% of seniors are fully edentulous. That’s quite a few people who are dealing with dentures, and one of the reasons why so many people think that losing a teeth or ending up with dentures later in life is something that is common to most people.
For those who already live with dentures, I want to encourage you to consider implant dentures.
Implant developers have created what’s known as implant supported dentures. This means that fully edentulous seniors can now be candidates for implants.
How implant dentures work
1. We start with implant surgery. Four to six implants are placed on your upper arch and four to six are placed in the lower jaw bone as well.
2.The dentures have clips that fit onto the implants. They snap into place, like a snap-button shirt.
Not only do these dentures keep the bone strong, they keep the dentures secure. Eating is much easier and the dentures won’t become loose or fall out. It’s an ideal long-term solution for denture wearers.
Consider Restoring Your Missing Teeth with Implants
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, I urge you to consider getting dental implants from my Meyer Dental Group Des Plaines dental office. Dental implants will help keep your jaw bone healthy and allow you to chew foods thoroughly – an absolute must for proper digestion.
I invite you to come in for a complimentary consultation. Together, we can find the best solution for your dental needs.
Are you interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants? Contact my Des Plaines dental office for more information about this procedure.