About Dental Crowns
To heal and protect broken teeth, deep discoloration, significant decay, and other problems, dental crowns cover the entire tooth. At Pine Creek Dental in Magnolia, TX, crowns (sometimes called caps) are strong, durable covers that fit snugly over the the tooth above the gumline in cases where a cavity is too large to be filled with a tooth-colored filling or if the tooth is broken and needs protection. Crowns can also be used to mask a discolored tooth or to add to the stability to a dental bridge. Crowns by our dentists at Pine Creek Dental can be ceramic, metal, or porcelain, depending on the location of the crown. The molar and premolar teeth usually benefit from the extra strength of metal, while the visible teeth look better with porcelain or ceramic crowns, which are colored to match the patient's natural teeth.
What to Expect
To create a custom crown, our dentists first prepare the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel, then taking digital X-rays and impressions of the tooth, which will be sent to the dental laboratory. A temporary crown can be placed on the tooth while the customized crown is being crafted. When the customized crown is returned to Pine Creek Dental in Magnolia, TX, our dentists will carefully bond and fit the crown on the tooth. Our dentists may adjust the crown for the best fit.
Some patients may experience temporary discomfort or tooth sensitivity, but the majority of patients do not have any pain after a crown is set. With proper home care and regular dental examinations and cleanings, a crown may last for 10 - 40 years, depending on the material and position of the crown. In some cases, a cavity or bacterial infection may build under the crown, which may require a root canal or other procedure.
If the crown is considered essential for the patient's health, dental insurance companies generally cover part of the cost, so our office staff at Pine Creek Dental in Magnolia, TX will check with the patient’s insurance to determine their coverage and the patient's out-of-pocket costs. Estimated costs, payment options, and financing plans are available through our office in Magnolia, TX and can be discussed during the patient's meeting with our dentists.
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Strengthen and Protect
A dental cap can be used to protect a cracked or decayed tooth, as well as hide a cosmetic flaw. To fix the appearance or health of a single tooth, talk to our dentists at Pine Creek Dental in Magnolia, TX and find out if a dental crown is a good solution for your needs and concerns.