What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are restorations that cover a tooth, starting from the gumline up. Used to treat more extensive damage, a dental crown (also called a cap) effectively returns a tooth to its original size, shape, and appearance. Teeth that have suffered decay, damage, or other problems that are beyond what a simple filling can treat are typically restored with dental crowns. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our experienced general dentists place dental crowns in the front and back of the mouth to address a range of cosmetic and restorative needs for our patients. Our dentists use only the highest-quality materials for dental crowns, such as all-ceramic Empress®, porcelain fused to metal, and all-metal materials, like gold. We also place crowns to restore single dental implants and protect root canal treated teeth. Dental crowns may be an individual procedure or part of a full-mouth reconstruction treatment plan. To learn if a dental crown could bring health back to your damaged or decayed tooth, contact our Sugar Land, TX full-service practice today and schedule your consultation.
Dental Crowns Reviews
"I had 5 bad fillings and needed three crowns and two root canals. It was a surprise as I had a clean report a year earlier from another dental office. It was a process but I am happy with the results. Everyone at the office was professional and timely. They cared about me and my teeth and my budget! I have since sent my husband there and we are both happy with our results.I reccomend the Sugar Land location of Made ya Smile."- C.V. / Google / Jul 25, 2017
Is a Dental Crown Right for Me?
Crowns offer full coverage to teeth and may be recommended to restore health and appearance to your smile in a number of situations. As single-tooth dental restorations, crowns are customized by our skilled team to match your unique treatment needs and can be shaded to the same color as your surrounding teeth for a seamless look. When teeth become moderately damaged or are no longer able to function properly, our dentists may recommend a dental crown. We use dental crowns to rebuild and restore the size and shape to teeth that are decayed, broken, cracked, or worn along with teeth that are misshapen, abnormally small, or discolored. Teeth that have had root canal treatment are more likely to break or crumble so crowns are typically recommended following this type of endodontic treatment. Special dental crowns are also used to restore single dental implants and complete a tooth replacement procedure with dental implants.
At Made Ya Smile Dental, our dentists use a range of material to create dental crowns for our patients. We customize each unique crown to meet the cosmetic preferences, restorative needs, and budget of each individual patient. With over 30 years of experience in placing dental crowns, our dentists are experts at choosing the size, shape, and color of crowns to restore your oral health and appearance in the most attractive way. Certain types of materials are better suited for different areas of the mouth. For the smile zone, Empress all-ceramic crowns are excellent choices as these restorations offer the translucency and appearance of real teeth while maintaining long-term durability. We often recommend porcelain fused to metal for teeth in the back of the mouth, which still give a natural look but provide greater strength to stand up to chewing forces. Patients who severely grind their teeth may benefit most from using all-metal (gold) crowns to restore teeth in the back of the mouth.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
Delivering comfortable care that produces excellent treatment outcomes for our patients is our top priority here at Made Ya Smile Dental. We offer sedation dentistry for those who are dental averse and use a gentle technique when preparing teeth to receive dental crowns. On the day of your crown prep visit, one of our dentists will numb your tooth and gums with a local anesthetic. Advanced dental tools will be used to remove the damaged or decayed portion of your tooth. Once cleared, we will then place buildup material to strengthen the tooth internally and take an impression of the area. This impression will be forwarded to our professional dental lab where your custom crown will be created in about a week. During this time, you will wear a temporary crown to maintain the space and allow you to eat and speak with normal function. When your permanent crown arrives at our office, we will schedule you to come in for a short visit to have your crown permanently bonded in place. Our dentists will check to ensure a proper bite and adjust the fit if necessary.
How Can I Care for My Dental Crown?
It is best to avoid eating following your crown prep procedure until the local anesthetic has completely worn off. If you eat while you are still numb, you risk biting your soft tissues and causing damage to your mouth. Special care should be taken while wearing your temporary crown so our team will review instructions on how to brush and floss and what to avoid during this time. You may experience a little gum inflammation or tooth sensitivity after your tooth has been prepared for a crown. Warm saltwater rinses and nonprescription pain medication should provide some relief. If your temporary crown comes off or your permanent crown feels uncomfortable or becomes dislodged, please call our team right away. We highly recommend that you avoid recementing your crown on your own as this could damage your tooth and crown and may lead to the need for more complex care. During each of your biannual dental cleaning and exam appointments, our team will check your crown to ensure your restoration is still functioning as it should.
Will My Insurance Cover a Dental Crown?
Most dental insurance plans offer some coverage for dental crowns. Prior to your crown visit, our team will review your plan specifics and let you know of any out-of-pocket costs. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most PPO dental insurance plans and will submit insurance claims as a courtesy to you. If you have personal costs or are not using insurance, we will be happy to discuss low-interest financing options and other convenient payment solutions. We want you and your family to get the care needed for a healthy smile and will work with you to find treatment and payment solutions to fit your budget.
Dental Crowns FAQ
How long does it take for a dental tooth cap to settle?
It's common for a new dental crown to feel somewhat bulky after your procedure. It can take about two weeks for it to settle in, during which you may feel slight discomfort or irritation. If you still feel this way after two weeks, you should give us a call and we can help you decide the next steps.
How long do dental crowns last?
Ceramic caps can last up to 15 years if taken care of properly with good daily dental hygiene. If your crown becomes cracked or damaged, it can typically be treated the same way your other teeth would be treated.
When can I eat after a dental crown placement?
When getting dental crowns in Sugar Land, TX, we suggest you wait to eat until an hour or more after your appointment so your crown can settle without any disturbances.
Improve Your Smile With Dental Crowns
Overcome moderate tooth decay, damage, or wear and protect your teeth with beautiful, natural-looking dental crowns from Made Ya Smile Dental. We customize dental crowns in size, shape, color, and material to meet your functional and aesthetic needs for a smile of which you can be proud. To talk with our skilled general dentists about treatment with dental crowns, get in touch with our Sugar Land, TX team and schedule your visit today.
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