Gentle Dental of Thorndale
3307 East Lincoln Highway, Thorndale, PA 19372

Dental Crown Basics – What You Need to Know

Dental Crowns

A dental crown, also called a cap, is a type of dental restoration made in a dental laboratory or office. It covers the entire visible surface of the tooth and provides stability, strength, and improved appearance. Different types of dental crowns can correct various tooth problems affecting adults and children. Dental crowns are placed over teeth that have undergone root canal treatments or have large fillings; crowns help to keep them strong and functional. Crowns may also hold dental bridges in place or cover implants and broken or weak teeth.

What Types of Materials Are Used to Make Dental Crowns? Crowns can be made from gold and gold alloys, other metal alloys, porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, composite resin, or a combination of materials such as porcelain fused to a metal base.

How Difficult Is It to Place a Dental Crown? Placement of a crown usually requires two office visits, but some clinics can create and place crowns in one day. To prepare for a tooth crown placement, the area around the tooth is numbed so the dentist can easily shape the surfaces of the tooth to allow space for a new crown. Severely damaged teeth may require special techniques to build them up, so they can hold a crown securely. Impressions are taken to ensure the crown’s proper fit and bite, and tooth color is carefully matched. After the dental crown is made, it is cemented into place over the natural tooth and evaluated for proper function and comfort.

Will I Need a Root Canal? Root canals are not required before placing dental crowns, but all teeth that have undergone root canal treatment should be crowned.

How Long Will My Crown Last? With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, many dental crowns last between 15 and 20 years.

Questions to Ask During the Office Visit

1. Are there alternative treatment options?

2. Will there be any special care instructions?

3. Which types of dental crowns are most suitable for me?

4. How much will my crown cost, and how much will my insurance cover?

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Thorndale, call Gentle Dental of Thorndale today at (610) 590-1798 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Thorndale. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Thorndale, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Thorndale.

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T Thank you my daughter had to have two teeth filled For the first time! Great experiance Thank you Joanne
Jessica F.
Dr. In was very thorough in explaining procedure. I am very comfortable with his "bedside" manner
Sharon M.
I really enjoyed the visits I have had already very friendly staff for the most part and my dentist was great I just hated the amount of pain I was […]
Brooke B.
Two root canals went very smooth and ensured that I felt no pain during the procedure.
Tony E.
Great experience. Lori did an excellent jod cleaning my teeth! !
Gladys A.
The office staff is quick and efficient. I'm always seen in a timely manner and Dr. is always caring and careful to explain everything and answer all […]
Kaylene H.
I was not pleased with the wait. I would rather not be scheduled when it takes so long.
Lawrence P.
Pleased with visit and great staff
Yvette C.
I was very pleased with the service. The receptionist was wonderful and really well informed. I literally had no wait time upon arriving about 15 […]
Anonymous
So far, it's been really good
Theresa G.
I found the office staff very nice and the dentist took his time with me and explained everything that I needed done
Frances B.
I was very pleased with the work done on my teeth. Thank you good job!
Brenda H.
I like this practice and they are very good with chilren. I always have a good experience with my daughter.
Madelyn N.
In fact I really like the way Lori cleaned my teeth. She did a wonderful job. I will definitely recommend gentle dental Thorndale to friends and […]
William L.
Front desk girl always knows my name :-) everyone is so nice and everything is quick and easy!
Brooke B.
Got in and out right away. Dr. Inn's service is one of excellence. Very trustworthy.
Anonymous
The receptionist, hygienist and doctor were all very pleasant. I had to wait about half an hour, but that was because I was a walk-in. Overall, […]
Anonymous
Staff was curtious and helpful. Everything was explained to me and I was told what to expect.
Arthur A.
Fast painless and very affordable.
Neil C.
Everyone and everything at Gentle Dental Thorndale was great. I am very well pleased with the work that was done.The DOCTOR was excellent. I have a […]
Letica W.
dental hygienist was great. i believe name is erin. put me at ease enough to get the job done..and that is not an easy thing to do...
Barbara P.
The visit went well
James T.
Very friendly, nice staff and great dental work
Janice B.
Dentist was very professional and painless. I lost a filling in the afternoon and they squeezed me in the next morning.
Frances F.
Dr In is very pleasant and all the techs and receptionist are very helpfull.
Elaine M.
Everyone at Gentle Dental are great people, very helpful and understanding, and I thank them for everything.
David H.
Am comfortable and impressed with professional demeanor of the office, particularily the Dentist
Earle K.
I am a self confessed scaredy cat when it comes to the dentist. I have a difficult time calling to make an appointment. I have Never felt more […]
Helene R.
Staff was very proficient with what needed to be done.My problem was explained so that I could understand what was needed to be done
Rodney D.
I am grateful for the Kind & Gentle treatment I have received. Very efficient Dentist & staff.
Diana P.
excellent service!!!!
Antonia N.
I am very pleased with service and treatment I get at Gentle Dental, they are very courteous and don't leave you waiting for your appointment.
Robert E.
Staff and Dentist did an excellent job on my first visit!!!!
Gladys A.
Very good visit with Dr. In. He was right on schedule and had a very pleasant experience.
Richard C.
Everyone provided excellent customer service and the wait time was short.....I loved that!
Melanie R.
I think the girls were very friendly and easy to talk to. The dentist was super sweet and gentle. I didnt feel a thing well until the novacaine wore […]
Diana M.
I have a wonderful experience with you guys. Bravo!!!
William L.
Gentle Dental exceeded my expectations. Everyone--from the receptionists to the dental assistants to the hygenist--was friendly and accomodating, and […]
Anonymous
The service was great as well as the professionalism! In my case i had full dentures made. Unfortunately there is not a lab on site,this made my […]
Robert E.
Receptionist needs to be aware of appointment times of the patients and let the staff know when the pt. arrives and not pick and choose who's chart […]
Anonymous
I would recommend anyone to your office, from the doctor to the hole staff you guys are great the most important thing to me is everyone is so […]
Gerald R.
I will be recommending Gentle Dental to everyone I know. All employees are very nice and professional. There was very little wait time and the […]
Anonymous
Thanks for your proffesionalism Dr In and the whole staff.
Robert C.
Gentle Dental did a great job as always. Nice people.
Karl F.
Dr In and staff are excellent!
Elizabeth P.
Great experience overall. Staff were very patient with me.
Anonymous
Dr.In explained everything in detail and was very gentle when he extracted my tooth. I appreciate his bedside manner.
Sharon M.
My wait in the waiting area was longer than I anticipated. Arrived on time thinking I would be taken immediately, because I don't like dentists plus […]
Anonymous
I have never had a problem, the staff are pleasant, and Dr. Miller is the best
Esther B.
dentist handled in prof and compassionate manner
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (610) 590-1798
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