What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a restorative treatment option that covers a tooth starting at the gumline. This treatment is generally used to address extensive damage to areas of the mouth. Dental crowns, which are also called caps, are an effective solution for helping a tooth return to its original size, shape, and look. Teeth that have experienced decay, damage, or other troubling oral concerns that cannot be treated using a simple filling are usually restored using a dental crown. At Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX, our experienced dentist places dental crowns in the front and back of a patient’s mouth to address a variety of cosmetic and restorative needs. We use the highest-quality materials such as all-ceramic Empress®, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or completely metal materials including gold. Our team can also use dental crowns to restore a dental implant or protect a tooth that has had a root canal treatment. To learn more about dental crowns and to find out if they are a good solution for your dental needs, be sure to contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our dentist.
Dental Crowns Reviews
"They were able to help me when no one else would. I had an emergency root canal done. I couldn’t afford the entire price of that plus the build up and crown. They worked with me to where I paid for the root canal, and then I scheduled the rest of the payment on the following payday. I have my temporary crown on and am waiting for the lab to send my permanent one. I had my teeth cleaned last Friday and I’ve never been happier. The hygienist was super nice and very thorough. The facility itself is very clean, welcoming, and organized. The staff are very nice and have a great chairside manner. Yes, they do Lumineers in that office but I have not once felt pressured in to purchasing them."- M.F. / Google / Oct 03, 2018
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
When a tooth requires full coverage for optimal protection, dental crowns are often the answer. Our restorations are custom-created to match with your other teeth so that it blends in naturally. When teeth have experienced moderate to severe damage or are no longer able to function effectively, our dentist might suggest the use of a dental crown. We use crowns to help restore a tooth that has been broken, cracked, is decayed, or is otherwise beyond the help of more conservative treatment options. Patients who have had a root canal previously may be ideal candidates for crowns. Dental crowns are also used at times to repair single dental implants, during tooth restoration treatments.
At Made Ya Smile, we offer a number of different materials to create custom crowns. Customized to each individual patients' needs, our crowns can meet cosmetic preferences, restorative needs, as well as budget concerns. Our dentist has the years of experience needed to accurately select the best size, shape, and color of a crown to make sure that your smile is given a healthy, natural-looking appearance. Specific materials are best-suited for different parts of the mouth. Empress all-ceramic crowns are a great choice for the smile-zone by preserving the appearance of natural teeth combined with long-term durability. We may recommend porcelain-fused-to-metal for teeth located in the back of the mouth as a way of providing a natural look while ensuring greater strength for chewing.
How Is a Crown Placed?
Making sure each of our patients is completely comfortable during their care is a top priority for every member of our team. For those who may feel anxious about visiting the dentist, we offer sedation options to make sure you can relax during your treatment. When it is time to prepare your mouth for the crown, our dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. State-of-the-art tools will then be used to address any areas of the tooth that are damaged or decayed. Once this process is finished, a special material will be placed to help support the tooth internally before an impression is taken. This impression will be sent off to our lab where your custom crown will be created. While waiting for this process to finish you will be fitted with a temporary crown that will allow you to eat and speak normally while preserving the preparation work. Once your permanent crown has been fabricated and sent to our office, we will arrange an appointment for you to have our dentist permanently bond the appliance to your tooth. After placement, we will check to be sure that your bite is comfortable and provide you with instructions on how to properly care for your crown to make sure it lasts for years to come.
After a Dental Crown Procedure
Following your preparation treatment, it is best to avoid eating until the local anesthetic has worn off to make sure you do not damage your soft tissues accidentally. Also, be sure to take extra care while wearing your temporary crown to avoid needing to repeat the process. You might experience slight gum inflammation or sensitivity in your tooth after the preparation process has finished. The use of warm salt water rinses and over-the-counter pain medication should work to relieve these symptoms. If your temporary crown comes off or if you are experiencing discomfort from your permanent crown be sure to contact our team immediately for help. We strongly urge you to avoid attempting to cement or restore your crown on your own as this can potentially cause additional damage to the area. During your bi-annual cleanings at our office, our dentist will be sure to evaluate the condition of your crown to advise you on any additional concerns.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?
If you have a PPO dental insurance, we do accept these providers at Made Ya Smile Dental in Rosenberg. You may have coverage for a certain percentage of the crown's fee as it is a restorative treatment. Our billing coordinator can send in a claim for your crown on your behalf. The remaining balance on your account will need to be paid in full. Your dental care can be covered with most major credit cards, arranged payment plans, or CareCredit® financing.
Dental Crowns FAQ
When can I eat after a dental crown placement?
Our team recommends waiting at least an hour after your appointment before you eat. This will allow your crown to set without any disturbance.
How long does it take for a dental tooth cap to settle?
A dental crown can be used for front and back teeth alike, and both will take approximately two weeks to settle in. Your crown may feel bulky and awkward right after your procedure, but this will pass. However, if you are still feeling discomfort after two weeks, contact our team so that we can assess a tooth.
How long do dental crowns last?
If you maintain optimal oral hygiene, your dental crown can last up to 15 years. Although, if you notice that your crown has become cracked or damaged, reach out to our team so that we can ensure your tooth remains healthy underneath the crown.
Custom Restorative Solutions
Fight back against tooth decay, damage, and wear on your teeth to protect your smile with natural-looking dental crowns at Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX. Our dentist is always ready to help patients create uniquely customized dental crowns that match their specific functional and aesthetic needs. To have a conversation about whether or not dental crowns are a solution for your oral health concerns, be sure to contact our office to schedule an appointment with our team.
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