In the past, repairing your smile meant getting a metal restoration that restored functionality to the tooth but also
stood out in the mouth. Nowadays, however, getting a crown doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a
natural-looking smile. Shore Dental is proud to offer metal-free dental crowns in North Port that will protect your
pearly whites without drawing unwanted attention. Think you could benefit from a crown? Contact our office today to schedule a
What are Metal-Free Dental Crowns?
In dentistry, a crown is a “cap” placed on top of a tooth. Traditionally, crowns have been made from
variety of metals such as gold or platinum, as well as metal alloys. However, we offer metal-free crowns that
made from ceramic materials such as porcelain or zirconia. Crowns made from these ceramics are very lifelike;
they’re semi-translucent like enamel and can be tinted to match your other natural teeth. They can also be
customized to fit comfortably in your mouth. Most ceramic crowns will last for about 10 years before they need
Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?
There are many different reasons why you might need or want a dental crown, such as:
Tooth Decay: Severe decay can weaken your tooth. Decayed areas can be removed, but this can
leave the tooth vulnerable to new bacteria. A crown will restore the tooth’s strength and protect it
Root Canals: Root canal therapy involves hollowing out the tooth. A crown is usually placed
afterwards so that you can still use it as you normally would.
Cracked Teeth: If a crack or fracture is particularly deep, a crown will help hold the
Cosmetic Changes: You can cover a discolored or misshapen tooth with a crown for a more
What is the Process for Getting Dental Crowns?
It usually takes at least two appointments to place a crown. During the first, the tooth will be prepared to
the crown. If it’s badly broken or decayed, this may mean building it up with filling material; otherwise,
some enamel might need to be removed to make room for the crown. An impression of the newly reshaped tooth is
and sent to a dental lab that will manufacture the crown over the course of two or three weeks. Once it’s
complete, you’ll return to our office to receive your restoration, which will be permanently cemented in
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?
Most plans will help cover the costs of dental crowns that are needed for health reasons (such as repairing a
tooth); however, they typically won’t pay if the crown is part of a purely cosmetic treatment. Of course,
every carrier is different, and benefits may vary from person to person. We’ll help you file your claims
make sure you’re getting the most out of the benefits you’re entitled to; we’re happy to
all forms of PPO dental insurance.