About Dental Crowns
To heal and protect cracked teeth, yellowing enamel, substantial decay, and more concerns, dental crowns go over the whole tooth. At West Spring Dental Care in Spring, TX, crowns (also called caps) are sturdy, long-lasting covers that fit securely over the the tooth above the gumline for patients where dental decay is too big to be healed with a composite-resin filling or if the patient's tooth is cracked and requires protection. Crowns can also be added to cover an off-color tooth or to increase the stability to a dental bridge. Crowns by our dentists at West Spring Dental Care can be ceramic, metal, or porcelain, based on the location of the crown. The molar and premolar teeth generally need the added strength of metal, whereas the social teeth look more attractive with porcelain or ceramic crowns, which are shaded to blend with the patient's natural teeth.
What to Expect
To craft a customized crown, our dentists first prep the tooth by taking off a slim layer of enamel before taking digital X-rays and physical impressions of the tooth, which will be delivered to a dental lab. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth while the customized crown is being crafted. Once the customized crown is returned to West Spring Dental Care in Spring, TX, our dentists will carefully bond and fit the crown over the tooth. Our dentists can modify the crown for the best fit.
Some patients can have short-term soreness or heightened tooth sensitivity, however the majority of patients don't experience any discomfort once the crown is set. With correct home care and recommended dental examinations and cleanings, a dental crown can remain in place for at least ten years, depending on the material and position of the crown. It is possible that a cavity or bacterial infection can build in the tooth under the crown, which usually requires a root canal therapy or another procedure.
If the dental crown is deemed medically necessary, dental insurance companies generally cover part of the expenses, so our office staff at West Spring Dental Care in Spring, TX will consult with the insurance company to calculate their coverage as well as the patient's personal costs. Estimated expenses, payment options, and financing plans are available in our office in Spring, TX and can be explained during the patient's meeting with our dentists.
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Strengthen and Protect
A dental cap is used to shield a cracked or decayed tooth, or to mask a cosmetic flaw. To improve the appearance or health of a single tooth, schedule an appointment with our dentists at West Spring Dental Care in Spring, TX and decide if a crown is a good solution for your needs and concerns.