Dental Crowns for Restoration
When the area of the tooth that is visible over the gum-line become damaged, a dental crown can be placed over the tooth to protect the tooth structure that is remaining. Doing so will restore the tooth back to its normal size and shape, and will restore the tooth back to its general functionality. In addition to improving the overall strength, functionality, and aesthetic appearance of your tooth, a dental crown may be placed when patients have or want to correct:
- A cavity that is too large to be corrected with a filling
- A tooth that significantly weakened, worn down, or cracked
- Root canal treatment
- Broken cusps
- Undesirable aesthetic appearance
- Dental implant or dental bridges placed
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain and metal fused together, composite resin, metal alloys, and ceramics. To determine which crown is right for you, your dentist will consider the location and function of the tooth having the crown, the position of the gum tissue, how much of the tooth will be seen when you smile, the shade or color of the tooth, and your aesthetic preference.
To ensure that you have a clear understanding of what is involved in the dental crown process and determine if dental crowns are right for you, please refer to the information provided below. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
The Dental Crown Process
The dental crown process can typically be completed with one or two dental visits. During the initial appointment, X-rays will be taken to determine the overall health of your gum line. If your gums and roots are stable, the next step will be the removal of the areas of decay. Once the decay has been removed, the reshaping process will begin, with outer portions of the tooth being removed in preparation of the crown. Once the appropriate amount of the outer portion of the tooth has been removed along with the decay, an impression will be made to serve as a model for the crown, either as a digital scan or a mold of the tooth. Once this is complete, a permanent crown can be made and placed the same day. If a permanent crown is not able to be placed the same day, due to inability to make a digital scan, or need for a different crown material, a temporary crown is placed to be used while the permanent crown is designed.
If a temporary crown is placed, patients typically have a follow-up appointment within two to three weeks, at which your temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown placed. Once in proper position, your dentist will inspect the crown to ensure that the color of the crown matches your natural teeth and that the fit is correct. Once they are satisfied with both, the crown is adhered using dental cement to fix the crown in place. After this is complete, your bite will be checked and final adjustments will be made, after which your dental crown procedure will be complete.
Aftercare Following Dental Crowns
Following your dental crown procedure, it will not be necessary to follow any modified self-care, although it is a good idea to avoid or limit eating candy or hard foods to prevent chipping, as well as tobacco, tea, or coffee for at least two days to prevent staining. It is common for patients to experience tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking food or beverages that are cold or hot, but this will typically go away after a few weeks.
To continue enjoying good oral health and reduce the need for this type of procedure in the future, it is important to consistently follow good oral hygiene practices. In addition to brushing and flossing twice daily (at a minimum), be mindful of the types of food and beverages you consume, and avoid foods or substances that can negatively impact your oral health (chewing tobacco, staining foods, sugary drinks). It is equally important to schedule regular dental cleanings every six months, or more frequently, depending upon your unique oral health needs. If you follow these general guidelines, you will maximize the life span of your dental crowns and continue enjoying good oral health for many years to come.
Crown Cost & Dental Insurance
The cost of dental crowns will depend upon what type of material you use, how many crowns are placed, and what insurance coverage from your dental plan can be applied. It is important to be aware that you are fully responsible for all fees of treatment, and payment is due at the time of service, regardless of your insurance coverage. Monthly payment plans can be arranged, but this will need to be established prior to the procedure being performed. Although we may not have a contractual arrangement with your provider, our staff is happy to assist with processing your insurance claim to ensure that you maximize your benefits and receive the high-quality care you need and deserve. For your convenience, we accept Mastercard, Visa and Discover.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Scheduling an appointment for dental crowns is the first and most important step towards improving and maintaining your oral health and maintaining a bright smile that you can be confident in. At Kingwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to creating an environment where open dialogue is encouraged, so we can ensure you have a thorough understanding of the procedure being performed, and confidence that you are receiving high-quality specialized care designed to meet your unique needs.
To learn more about dental crowns, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office, which is located at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
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