Dental Crowns Overview
If a single tooth is damaged or worn down, it can often be protected with a dental crown. Also known as a cap, crowns are custom-made restorations that fit an existing tooth or replace a missing tooth. Crowns are colored to match your surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance. At Preferred Dental of Cromwell, a dental crown can be used to strengthen a tooth with a poor support structure, protect a weak tooth, restore a cracked tooth, or cover a discolored tooth. Our skilled team of experienced dentists offers crowns crafted with different materials to suit your needs. These materials include porcelain, metal, and porcelain over metal. Schedule a consultation with a member of our team to learn about how a dental crown can strengthen, repair, or replace your tooth while also improving the overall health and appearance of your smile.
Best Candidates for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns may be needed or wanted in a variety of situations. They can be used to protect a tooth weakened by decay to keep it from breaking, or they can hold parts of a tooth together that have already cracked. Crowns can also be used to fix a tooth that is loose or extremely worn down. They can be utilized to support a tooth with a large cavity that cannot hold a normal filling, hold a dental bridge in place, or cover misshapen or discolored teeth. Crowns can be cemented to the tooth or attached to a dental implant. The material of the crown is usually selected based on the location of the tooth. Metal or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) are generally stronger so they are better for the back teeth, which are less visible. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are typically used on the front teeth and matched to the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. During your consultation, our dentist will go over your options and help you select the best crown for your needs and budget.
What To Expect with Dental Crowns
During your consultation, a member of our team will take impressions of your teeth so the crown can be custom made. If needed, a temporary crown can be placed over your tooth while your crown is being made at our dental laboratory. Once your crown is ready, the area to be treated will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Other sedation options may be available to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure if you have any dental fears or anxieties. Once you are ready, we will prepare the tooth by removing any areas of decay. Then, we will file down the tooth to make room for the crown. The crown will be cemented onto the tooth or attached to a dental implant. Once set, we will adjust the fit so your bite is comfortable.
Dental Crowns Recovery
If only local anesthesia is used, you should be able to leave once your crown is placed to continue your daily activities. A member of our team will then go over post-treatment instructions and advise you on the best way to care for your new crown. This includes discussing the foods you should avoid and reviewing the best ways to keep your restoration clean. During your exams at Preferred Dental of Cromwell, we will assess your crown and adjust the fit for comfort. We also will let you know when your crown needs to be replaced. With proper care, your restoration should last for many years. If you experience any problems with your crown, like if it becomes loose or falls out, contact our office for immediate assistance. It's important that you do not try to fix it or put it back in yourself because this can lead to a bad fit or infection.
Dental Crowns Insurance Coverage
Depending on your dental insurance coverage, some of the costs of your crown may be covered by your plan. After talking to your insurance company and filing a claim on your behalf, our office will be better able to estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. During your consultation, one of our dentists will help you determine the best material for your crown that fits your budget, as well as your oral needs. We'll also go over payment options we accept and supply you with information about medical financing to make your treatment more affordable.
Custom Dental Crowns
Whether you have one or several missing or damaged teeth, this issue can be easily treated with a custom-made dental crown offered by Preferred Dental of Cromwell. Dental crowns are versatile restorations that can be used to address a range of concerns and protect teeth that have endured damage over time. Talk to our leading dentists about how a crown can protect your tooth from further damage and help to keep your whole mouth healthy. With a wide variety of materials available, a custom-made crown from our office will match your natural teeth so your smile remains beautiful, seamless, and natural. Contact our office in Cromwell, CT to schedule a consultation with our team.