What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are an option for tooth restoration that covers your tooth from the gumline up. Primarily an option for treating more extensive damage, a dental crown (also called a cap) can return a tooth to its original size, shape, and appearance. Typically used to treat teeth with decay, damage or other problems that require more than a simple filling, dental crowns provide extra restorative support for your teeth. At Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress, our dentist uses dental crowns for teeth located in both the front and back of the mouth to address a range of cosmetic and restorative needs. We craft your custom crowns from only the highest-quality materials like all-ceramic Empress®, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-metal materials like gold. Dental crowns may also be used to restore single dental implants and protect teeth that have undergone root canals. Dental crowns can function as a stand-alone procedure or as part of a full-mouth reconstruction treatment plan. To find out more about dental crowns and how they may help return your smile to health, call our Houston, TX full-service practice to make an appointment.
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What Are the Benefits Of Dental Crowns?
If you're looking to fix a broken tooth or adjust the appearance of your teeth, dental crowns may be right for you. Many of our Houston, TX patients find dental crown benefits include:
- Protect damaged teeth: Crowns can cover a tooth to shield the tooth from any further damage.
- Preserve the function of teeth: Crowns can seal the tooth to help protect the tooth structure.
- Restore proper function to the teeth: A crown can make it possible to chew, bite, and speak more normally.
- Improve the visual appearance of the teeth: Crowns are customized to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and color.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Offering full coverage to teeth, crowns may be recommended to restore health and appearance to your smile in a number of situations. Your crown can be crafted to match the color of your surrounding teeth for a seamless look. For teeth that are moderately damaged or cannot function properly any longer, our dentist may recommend a dental crown. We often rely on dental crowns to rebuild and restore teeth that are decayed, broken, cracked or worn. Size and shape can also be restored with a crown to teeth that are misshapen, abnormally small, or discolored. If you have a root canal, that tooth may break or crumble more easily, and a crown will usually be recommended to fully support your tooth after this type of endodontic treatment.
We use a range of materials to create dental crowns for Made Ya Smile patients. Each crown is customized for the unique needs of every patient, which can range from cosmetic preferences to restorative needs to budget. Made Ya Smile has over 30 years of experience in placing dental crowns, which makes our dental providers experts at advising you on the right size, shape, and color of your crown. We want to use these crowns to restore your oral health and return your smile to a more natural-looking appearance. Depending on the placement of the crown in your mouth, we may recommend a certain type of material. Empress all-ceramic crowns are excellent choices for your smile zone because these restorations offer the translucency and appearance of real teeth, though they still remain a durable long-term option. Porcelain-fused-to-metal can be an excellent option for teeth in the back of the mouth because it will give a natural look but provide more strength to withstand chewing forces. Patients who severely grind their teeth due to bruxism may benefit most from using all-metal (gold) crowns if they are placed in the back of the mouth.
How Is a Crown Placed?
Comfortable care and excellent treatment outcomes are our top priority at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress. To facilitate your comfort, we offer sedation dentistry for our dental-averse patients and use a gentle technique when we prepare your teeth to receive dental crowns. When you arrive for your crown prep visit, our dentist will numb your tooth and gums using a local anesthetic. We remove the damage or decay in your tooth using advanced dental tools. A buildup material will then be placed to make sure your tooth is strengthened internally, and then we will take an impression of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. It will take about a week to create your custom crown, and during this time you will be given a temporary crown to let you speak and eat normally and to hold the place for your permanent crown. Once your permanent crown is crafted, you will return to have it permanently bonded in place. Our dentist does this in a short procedure and can adjust your bite if necessary during this time.
After a Dental Crown Procedure
You should wait to eat until the local anesthetic has completely worn off after your crown prep procedure, in order to avoid biting your soft tissues and injuring yourself. When you wear your temporary crown, special care needs to be taken as you brush and floss, and our team will give you instructions on how to maintain proper oral care and what to avoid during this time. Some gum inflammation or tooth sensitivity may occur after your tooth has been prepped for a crown, and you can address this with warm salt water rinses and non-prescription pain medication. Call us right away if your temporary crown comes off or your permanent crown feels uncomfortable or becomes dislodged. We do not recommend that you try to re-cement your crown on your own. Doing so can damage your tooth and crown and may require more complex and expensive care to correct. When you return for each of your bi-annual dental cleaning and exam appointments, the Made Ya Smile team will check in on your crown to make sure it is still functioning as it should.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?
Many dental insurance plans provide some coverage for dental crowns. Prior to your visit, we will find out your plan specifics and advise you of any out-of-pocket costs. At Made Ya Smile, we accept many PPO dental insurance plans, and we take care of submitting your insurance claims as a courtesy to you. For personal costs or those not using insurance, we have low-interest financing options and other convenient payment solutions available to help you receive needed care that fits your budget.
Dental Crowns FAQ
How long does it take for a dental tooth cap to settle?
Your crown will likely feel a little bulky right after your treatment. However, over the next two weeks it should settle and become more comfortable. If after about two weeks you're still experiencing discomfort, you should give our team a call and we'll see how we can best help you. If you receive a white crown, you likely won't notice this issue.
Will you be able to see a crown on my front tooth?
When getting a front tooth crown in Houston, TX, you can expect it to blend in nicely with your surrounding teeth. We use highly aesthetic materials to help optimize your smile at the same time as providing beneficial function to your mouth.
How long do I have to wait before I eat?
When getting a dental crown, you should wait about an hour or so before eating after getting your crown placed. This will help your crown settle without the disturbance of food particles or anything else.
Custom Restorative Solutions
If you have suffered moderate tooth decay, damage, or wear, you may benefit from a beautiful, natural-looking dental crown from Made Ya Smile. Our dentist is happy to offer customized dental crowns to fit your ideal size, shape, color, and material that meets your functional and aesthetic needs. To enhance your smile and restore it to proper health and function, chat with our friendly team at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress today, and let us schedule a dental crown consultation for you so you can take the next step on your journey to optimal oral health.
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