About Dental Crowns
Even with great oral hygiene our teeth can still become weak overtime and more susceptible to decay, or issues such as cracks and discoloration. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover and improve your smile. Laser Smile Studio and board-certified dentist, Dr. Todd McCracken, can assess the underlying issue of the tooth in question and decide if a crown is the correct treatment for the situation. If so, a dental crown made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown can be used to repair the tooth. Dr. McCracken highly recommends the porcelain crown as it can be tinted to match the color of your existing teeth, blending in nicely. Our dental crowns are custom made, so after the tooth has been reshaped and impressions of the tooth have been taken, a temporary crown will be placed until your tooth can be custom made in our laboratory and fitted at a later time. To schedule a consultation and discuss how a dental crown could improve your smile, give our office a call today.
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What to Expect
To create a custom crown, Dr. McCracken first prepares the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel then taking digital X-rays and impressions of the tooth that will be sent to the dental laboratory. A temporary crown can be placed on the tooth while the permanent, custom crown is being made. When the permanent crown is returned to the office, Dr. McCracken will carefully fit and set the crown on the tooth. Dr. McCracken may adjust the crown for a more comfortable fit.
Some patients may experience temporary discomfort or tooth sensitivity, but most patients do not usually have any pain after a crown is placed. With proper home care and regular dental cleanings and exams, a crown may last for 10 - 40 years, depending on the material of the crown. In some cases, a cavity or infection may develop under the tooth, which may require a root canal or other procedure.
If the crown is considered medically necessary, dental insurance may cover some or most of the cost, so our office will check with the patient’s insurance to determine their coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Estimated costs, payment options, and financing available through our office can be discussed during your consultation.
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Strengthen and Protect
A crown can be used to protect a broken or decayed tooth, as well as hide a discoloration or cosmetic flaw. To fix the appearance or health of a single tooth, talk to Laser Smile Studio and find out if a dental crown is a good option for your needs.