Natural Crowns

We use natural crowns that look, feel, and last like your natural teeth. Our metal-free crowns are safe and healthy for you to use, and will keep your smile shining brightly! To see if dental crowns are the best option for you, be sure to give us a call. We’re happy to talk through any questions or concerns you might have. Below is a guide to dental crowns that might answer some of your questions.


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Ceramic Dental Crowns

In the past, the primary method of filling cavities used silver amalgam. While these fillings were built to last, dentists today know that amalgam tends to develop cracks over time. Temperature changes that occur in the mouth make the metal expand and contract, often causing cracks that lead to tooth decay. Ultimately, this decay usually causes the need for root canal therapy.


Dentists use a crown when a tooth is too badly damaged to support a filling. Dentists often replace amalgam fillings that have caused severe damage using dental crowns.  At Northstar, our dentists only use white porcelain crowns for replacing old amalgam fillings or covering teeth that are severely infected. These natural crowns are metal-free and shouldn’t cause any tooth sensitivity or cracks.

Uses For Natural Crowns

We use natural crowns to fix anything from decayed, cracked or broken teeth all the way to discolored and crooked teeth. Our dentists are excellent at providing the care you need while placing our metal-free crowns. We use brand new technology for placing dental crowns. Whether you need a crown to repair your teeth or for cosmetic purposes, Northstar Dental has you covered.


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Crowns for Damaged Teeth

Dental crowns protect damaged teeth from becoming more damaged or infected. Usually, dentists can fix small problems using fillings. However, when a tooth has severe damage or decay, a dental crown is the best option.


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Crowns as Cosmetic Treatment

Dentists also place dental crowns as a cosmetic option, since we can create natural-looking ceramic crowns. For severely discolored or misshapen teeth, dentists often use a dental crown to correct the way a tooth looks.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to put in a natural crown?

It doesn’t take long to put in dental crowns. There are two steps to putting in a crown. Sometimes, we can accomplish both steps in one day. Otherwise, two appointments will take care of the whole procedure.  We can often make crowns in our office, in which case, your dentists will apply the crown in a single day. Other times, we’ll have to have our dental lab make your crown. If that happens, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to make a custom porcelain crown that fits your mouth. We use a temporary dental crown in the meantime. Then, the dental lab will fabricate your permanent, white porcelain crown in about two weeks. We’ll schedule a second appointment, remove your temporary crown, and place your permanent crown. Then you’re all done.

I just got a new crown. Why does my tooth hurt?

It is normal for a tooth to experience pain after crowns are placed. In fact, all dental work causes a very small amount of trauma to your teeth. In turn, the tooth or teeth involved will become very slightly inflamed at the nerve, which will cause some tenderness. Over the course of a few days, the nerve will heal, and your pain should go away. If it does not go away in a few days, you should call your dentist. Sometimes trauma can cause chronic inflammation, which requires further dental work. So if you have any questions or concerns about pain under my crown, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re more than happy to talk to you about it.

How much do natural crowns cost?

The cost of a crown can vary greatly. Ceramic dental crowns are made custom for your tooth. Without dental insurance, a tooth-colored crown will usually cost about $800-$1100. At Northstar, we think the cost of a crown shouldn’t deter anyone from getting the dental care they need. Because of this, we are proud partners with Lincoln Dental Plans, which offers affordable dental care to anyone without insurance. We also offer dental payment plans and almost every major insurance provider. If you have specific cost questions, set up a consultation today using the form below. You can also give us a call to learn more about our many payment options. We’re happy to answer any and all questions you have, whether or not you are a patient of ours.

Call us at 402-742-0000 during the day. For emergencies and after-hours care, call 402-840-9783.

Check out the “Amalgam Fillings: What’s the Fuss?” Video

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