Contents: What are Dental Crowns? | Types of crown? | Purpose | Procedure | How long it lasts? | How much it costs? | Appointment | FAQ

 

What is a dental crowns?

dental capDental crowns or dental caps are a type of restoration that completely encircles the tooth or dental implant. We are happy to ofer high quality cosmetic dentistry treatments including the fabrication of excellent looking, longer lasting and extremely strong dental caps. If you have damaged crowns, our skilled experts can fabricate one for you. Dr. George DDS in Frisco, TX can easily place a tooth colored crown that lasts for years.

Types of crown (Tooth cap)

We offer three different types:

  • All-Metal – These are primarily made with metal alloys. It is the strongest type of crowns, but it lacks in aesthetics. Thus it is rarely used in the front and is mostly reserved for the restoration of the posterior ones, which is not typically visible.
  • All-Porcelain – These have the best looks since it is prepared from tooth colored ceramics. Porcelain caps are recommended for patients that are extremely conscious about their looks.
  • Metal-Ceramic – These combine the benefit of metal and porcelain caps. It contains the framework of metallic alloys over the layer of porcelain where it will be attached. Highland Oak Dental also have different types available, based on their intended duration of use.
  • Permanent – These are used for permanently restoring crooked, or chipped teeth with one post. It is cemented into place with the use of dental adhesive. Only the dentist will be able to remove it when repairs are needed.

Benefits and purpose of crown

Dental crowns are used for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. Here are some common purposes in which you might need a crown:

  • Protect the weak enamel – The tooth enamel is the outer layer of the tooth and it is often the ones being attacked by bacteria. Bacterial development leads to plaque-causing cavities and tooth decay. If the enamel is too weak, the teeth may be prone to decay. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste can help but sometimes these measures are not enough. If the enamel is too weak, it may need a crown to cover the tooth and prevent it from eroding.
  • Support decayed teeth – Crowns are used when the tooth has too much decay. Drilling away the decay can cause cracks and leads to further decay. Covering it with a crown can help prevent the decay from worsening.
  • Tooth Replacement – If you lost a tooth, your dentist will need to replace it with a dental implant. The implant is a metal screw inserted in your jawbone. This will be covered by the crown to provide a more natural look.
  • To Anchor Dental Bridge – A dental bridge is a false tooth that is attached above the gumline. Unlike dental implants, this needs to be inserted to the jawbone. It needs to be anchored to the neighboring teeth which puts a lot of stress on those teeth. Covering it with a crown provides better strength and gives a better anchoring surface.
  • Restore Chipped Tooth – When the tooth is chipped,has been chipped, oddly shaped or discolored covering it with a crown is the simplest and permanent solution to improve its look. Crowns offer rigidity to the teeth. See the cost of dental crown to compare with other treatment option costs.
  • Weakness – If any teeth are weak, cracked, or otherwise damaged and inlays and onlays are not possible, it can be saved with this treatment.
  • Following a Root Canal Treatment – A restored tooth, particularly after a root canal treatment will make the tooth weak and it will not be able to bear the load of chewing food. In this case, it should be capped by a skilled expert.
  • Heavily Fillings – If the teeth has been restored with a large dental composite, and has little original material left it will not be able to survive when capped.
  • Aesthetics – It can enhance the looks of a badly shaped teeth.
  • Masking Permanent Stains – When the tooth is discolored and teeth whitening can’t save it, a crown can cover it.
  • Longevity – They can prove to be long lasting, and rarely, if ever, falls off.

Crown placement procedure

Preparing for a dental crown will normally take two appointments. The first appointment will involve making the tooth and the second appointment will install your permanent crown. Here’s how it is done:

  1. On your first appointment, your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth to check the roots of the tooth that will get the crown and its surrounding bone. When there is extensive decay, injury or infection to the tooth pulp, your dentist will perform endodontic therapy first. If there is enough tooth to be saved, your dentist will simply get rid of the decayed part to perform crownlay, but not a full crown.
  2. The tooth and gum tissue surrounding the tooth will be numbed using anesthesia so you won’t feel pain when the dentist perform the next steps.
  3. Your dentist will prepare the tooth getting as much material of the tooth as possible to make sure the crown will fit. If the large area of the tooth is missing due to decay or damage, they will use a filling material to build-up the tooth and provide better support for the crown.
  4. They will then make a dental impression of the prepared tooth by using a putty or dental paste. Through modern CAD/CAM dentistry, they will use a digital scanner to create the impression of the teeth. These impressions are sent to the laboratory to be manufactured. You’ll then be required to wear a temporary crown until the permanent crown is finished. The manufacturing of the crown will take from one to three weeks.

On your next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown then check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If the crowns match the color of your smile, you will then be injected with anesthesia to numb the tooth and safely put the new crown in your teeth.

Teeth Crown: Aftercare

After the crown has been finalized and cemented in place, it is important to watch what you are eating. Wait at least an hour to eat, but avoid hard or sticky foods for at least a few hours. You will resume your normal oral health routine as directed by your specialist, but brushing and flossing can usually be performed soon after the procedure.

Dental crown cost

These restorative caps can vary in price, and it usually depends on the material being used, materials, and additional services required (ex. Crown lengthening). Since it is both a cosmetic and practical treatment to your mouth, the cost of the procedure is more than worth it. It means that you need to find the right dentist near you to help. If you want to spend your hard-earned cash, you need to spend it wisely. If you are considering this treatment, our office offers a variety of financing options for our patients.

How much is a porcelain crown?

Porcelain crowns typically cost between $800 - $3,000 per tooth. These can be affordable as Dental insurance does help pay for Crowns.

Lifespan and repair

Unlike a veneer, a crown can last over seven years, and if they are properly maintained, may even last a lifetime. However, there is a possibility of the dental cement underneath getting dissolved, leaving it loose. If this happens, it may ultimately come off. If it comes off, the patient must not force it back on, because it may hold traces of cement inside and damage the tooth. Porcelain can crack, and will need to be fused if so. Repair can be performed at the dental laboratory in certain cases. If you have damaged yours, contact our office immediately, and we will get it repaired for you. If it is so severely damaged that it cannot be repaired, we will just replace it with a new one.

Frisco, Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a great solution to restore your oral health and repair damaged teeth. Schedule an appointment today so we can help you find the best solution for your dental crown Texas. Our caring specialists will ensure that your questions are answered and that you are confident in your decision.

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Dental Crown FAQ

How long do dental crowns last?

The average lifespan of crowns can last for up to 15 years. High quality crowns can last for more than 25 years with proper care and maintenance. Highland Oak Dental produces high quality crowns.

Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?

No. The treatment is pain free. A local anesthetic will be administered by Dr. Shiney George, DDS before filling the cavity or placing it with a crown. Expect to feel soreness or discomfort after the local anesthetic wears off, which can take within a day or two.

Can your teeth rot under a crown?

Yes. It is possible for the teeth to decay under a crown particularly if the patient is not practicing proper oral hygiene. Dental crowns protect the weak teeth and if the bacteria is allowed to grow under the gums and other teeth, the bacteria will turn into plaque, then tartar and then it will eventually cause tooth decay. If patients do not visit their dentist regularly, they won’t notice the tooth rotting under the crown until it’s too late. Learn more about dental crowns by visiting Highland Oak Dental office.

How is the crown fitted on the tooth?

The outer layer of the tooth will be trimmed down so that the crowns will fit. If a large area of the tooth is missing because of decay, or damage, a filling material will be used to create enough support for the crown.

Why does it smell under my crown?

If there is odor emitting underneath the dental crown it usually indicates bacterial growth or infection. This can occur due to a failed root canal treatment or if the crown doesn’t fit properly.

Which tooth crown is best?

Permanent dental crowns are made from various materials - each with its pros and cons. Pressed ceramic crowns are capped with porcelain and it offers excellent color matching, is strongs, and lasts longer than other treatments.

Why is my tooth black under my crown?

The black under the crown can be for various reasons. For instance, if the patient has Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) crown, the metal may be showing. Other causes can be the food consumed that could stain the teeth. The most common reason is tooth decay after the bacteria has compromised the crown. It will need to be replaced.

Can food get stuck under a crown?

If the dental crown won’t fit snugly to the tooth, it will create a space where the food and bacteria will accumulate. This will lead to decay and gingivitis.

Why does my crown smell when I floss?

This can occur if food particles are trapped between the gums and crown. It is usually the result of an ill-fitting crown. This can also indicate bacterial growth and infection.

Can an xray show decay under a crown?

Yes. X-rays will show the decay under the crown, but it is sometimes more difficult to detect if the crown is made of metal or if the porcelain crown has metal under it.

Can you get an infection under a crown?

Yes. It is possible to develop infection under a crown. This usually occurs when the crown won’t fit snugly or it has become loose. The food particles can get trapped under it; thus, forming bacteria and will eventually cause infection or decay.

Can flossing loosen a crown?

When the treatment has completely healed, you can floss without loosening the crown. However, during the first 24 to 48 hours when the treatment is still healing, patients are required to floss carefully through the gremlin, not up and down, or it may cause the crown to become loose.

What can cause a crown to come off?

The most common reason is that there is a poor bond between the dental cement and crown. When eating sticky or chewy foods, the crown may get loose and a buildup of plaque will lead to decay. Teeth grinding can also cause the crowns to come off.

Dental Crown Near Me

Choosing a dentist that is near where you live, work, or go to school is important when you are trying to save time and money. Expect to have a few treatments or follow up appointments along with your routine visits later; thus, having a dental office nearby can make dental appointments more convenient. Look for a specialist in Frisco, Texas with excellent reviews for dental crowns and one you feel comfortable with.