A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over your tooth to strengthen or restore the natural appearance. It is sometimes known as a cap and can be made from porcelain or gold or a combination of materials.
Your tooth will have to be prepared so that it is the ideal shape to receive the crown. Your dentist will have to remove most of the outer surface, leaving a strong inner core. The crown will be the same thickness as the removed part of the tooth. Once this is done, an impression is taken of your teeth, which are then sent along to the lab for the crown to be made.
You will usually be fitted with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. You will then return to your dentist to have it fitted. Your dentist may have to make some more adjustments to your tooth to ensure a perfect fit, and once you and the dentist are happy with the appearance and fit, it will be affixed permanently in place with special adhesive. This forms a strong seal to hold the crown in place.
Depending on what technology your dentist uses, it is possible for your crown to be made in a day. Computerized technology allows some dentists to make the crown in the surgery and you can have it fitted on the same day.
In most cases, however, it usually takes around four days. You will have appointments with your dentist on the first and last day, and the time in between is when the lab work is being done.
In the United States and Canada, the price may vary considerably, but the average price is around $1,150. In Ajijic, they are around $200 – a huge saving of over 80%.
Properly looked after, dental crowns should last for years, but you will need to take care of your dental health to make sure the crown stays viable. The crown itself doesn’t decay like a normal tooth, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins your tooth. It is important to keep this area clean, just as you would your natural tooth. It doesn’t need any extra care and if you are brushing and flossing regularly, as your dentist recommends, then you shouldn’t have any problems.
The cost is reason enough to have your dental crowns in Ajijic, but we do realize that cheaper costs are no good without decent quality.
Booking an appointment with Dental Departures gives you the peace of mind that your dentist is a reliable, quality-checked dentist, if you book with one of our verified clinics. This means we have background-checked the dentists’ qualifications, and done criminal and malpractice checks, as well as visiting the clinics ourselves.
We provide clinic photos, virtual tours and real patient reviews on our website, which are freely available for you to look at for yourself, giving you the opportunity to ‘look before you book’ and finding a dentist which you are comfortable with.
We are always available to discuss any questions you may have about your dental care, or you can go right ahead and book an appointment online or call our toll-free number for your dental crowns in Ajijic.
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