Dental Crowns in Spring, TX

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What Are Dental Crowns?

Sometimes tooth decay, damage, wear, or other concerns can be more extensive than is possible for a simple dental filling to repair. In these cases, a dental crown may be necessary for tooth restoration. A common dental procedure, dental crowns can return form, function, and natural appearance to your smile. Crowns, sometimes called caps, are restorations that fully cover the tooth and protect teeth from the gumline to the top of the tooth. Our experienced dentist treats a variety of restorative and cosmetic needs with crowns in both the back and front of the mouth. At Made Ya Smile Rayford, we use several superior-quality materials like high noble metal, and Empress® all-ceramic solutions, which are a great option for those highly concerned with the look of their crown. Crowns can also be used to complete a dental implant or may be placed to protect a tooth following root canal therapy. If you have experienced tooth damage and may need a crown, call us today to schedule a consultation with our skilled team at Made Ya Smile in Spring, TX.

What Are the Benefits Of Dental Crowns?

There are a variety of benefits for crowning a tooth. Fixing a broken tooth with a crown can help restore the tooth's strength, health, and appearance. Benefits include:

  • Protect damaged tooth: Crowns cover the visible part of the tooth, so this adds further protection from damage and decay.
  • Preserve tooth structure: Depending on where your damaged tooth is, the crown can preserve the remaining tooth structure.
  • Restore function: Crowns can help restore your normal chewing and speaking abilities, so you can eat and speak with confidence.
  • Improve the appearance of a tooth: Crowns are custom made to match the shape, size, and color of your surrounding teeth for a seamless smile.

Is a Dental Crown Right for Me?

Crowns are ideal for those needing customized, single-tooth dental restorations. They're designed to blend naturally with your smile and may be recommended to treat several dental issues. If a filling no longer protects a tooth, a crown may be needed to fully protect and cover the tooth. Crowns can also be used to rebuild and restore worn, broken, cracked, or moderately decayed teeth. Discolored, misshapen, or very small teeth may also benefit from the placement of a crown. Teeth that have recently undergone root canal therapy receive crowns in order to prevent breaking and crumbling of these formerly infected teeth, which have had the vitality center removed. When it's time for individual dental implants to be restored, custom-created dental crowns may be used as a part of the tooth replacement solution.

Depending on your treatment needs, smile preferences, and budget, we create your crown from different materials to customize it for the position it will hold in your smile. For teeth that need crowns in the front of your smile, Empress all-ceramic crowns are an aesthetically-pleasing and durable option that offers a translucent, natural appearance. For back teeth and in cases where teeth grinding (bruxism) may be present, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns may be recommended. Our skilled team at Made Ya Smile Rayford can expertly create the best color, size, and shape for your crown to match your smile. We want to help you find the right material to fit your oral health, budget, and aesthetic needs.

How Are Dental Crowns Placed?

We want to offer exceptional, comfortable care for our patients. When you arrive for your crown prep procedure, we will numb your tooth and gums. Sedation options are available if you prefer. Once numb, our dentist will work with advanced tools to remove damaged and decayed portions of the tooth and strengthen it with a special material that builds up the tooth. Once complete, an impression will be taken of your tooth and sent away to our lab so they can create your custom dental crown. We will place a temporary crown to maintain the function, space, and appearance of your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown to arrive. After a week or two, you will return for a follow-up visit at which time we will cement your new, permanent crown in place. Our dentist will make sure your bite is comfortable and make adjustments to your crown if necessary.

How Can I Care for My Dental Crown?

It's important to avoid eating after your crown prep visit until all numbness has lifted from your mouth, as numbness can cause you to accidentally bite your mouth and cause soft tissue damage. We will go over instructions with you on how to care for your temporary and permanent crowns at home with proper techniques. Slight inflammation or minor discomfort around your restoration can occur after your crown prep visit. These symptoms can usually be reduced with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. If your crown becomes loose, dislodged, or feels uncomfortable, please call us right away. It is not advisable to fix or re-cement your crown at home, as this can cause significant damage to your tooth and require more extensive treatment. During your bi-annual cleaning and exam visits at Made Ya Smile, we will monitor your crown to help ensure it continues to protect your smile.

Will My Insurance Cover a Dental Crown?

We accept many PPO dental plans and are happy to file your insurance claims on your behalf. Most dental insurance plans will cover for dental crowns in part, and before we begin your procedure, we will contact your provider to determine your plan details. In order to help you receive high-quality care for a healthy smile, we are proud to accept several convenient payment methods for out-of-pocket treatment costs. We can also give you information on flexible payment financing options during your consultation.

Dental Crowns FAQ

How long does it take for a dental tooth cap to settle?
After you get your dental crown in Spring, TX, it might feel a little bulky. This is perfectly normal and should subside as the crown settles over the next two weeks or so. After that, if it still feels uncomfortable or irritates you, you should call our office to schedule an appointment. If you get white crowns, you typically won't have this issue.

How long do dental crowns last?
Ceramic caps can last up to 15 years. If they become damaged or cracked, they can be treated the same way as your other teeth.

Can I eat after getting a crown?
We suggest our patients wait about an hour before eating after they get their crowns placed. This allows your crown to set without any disturbance.

Improve Your Smile With Dental Crowns

Regain a beautiful smile with a high-quality dental crown solution from Made Ya Smile Rayford. Custom dental crowns can be the ideal solution for broken, damaged, worn, or decayed teeth and come in customizable sizes, shapes, colors, and materials to best meet your personal oral health requirements, budget needs, and cosmetic goals. To find out more about dental crowns, call our Spring, TX practice today to schedule a consultation with our caring dentist.

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