A dental crown is one of the most important treatments for addressing a wide range of concerns. Dental crowns can be placed for both restorative and cosmetic reasons and will stabilize your dental health with a lasting result. Dr. Angela Wingate is an experienced dentist in Garner, NC for the treatment of common and complex dental problems and may recommend a dental crown to treat:
- Tooth damage
- Discolored tooth
- Misshapen tooth
- Stabilize a tooth after a root canal
- Part of a dental bridge or implant
Dental crowns: what to expect
The process for placing a dental crown will depend upon the material chosen for the crown. In most cases, a ceramic material is recommended for aesthetics and durability. In certain cases, especially for larger teeth with multiple cusps, a gold crown is sometimes placed. Dr. Wingate will recommend the most suitable type of crown for your oral health and cosmetic needs.
Completed in two visits the dental crown process begins with the preparation of the tooth. Dr. Wingate will remove any damaged or decayed tooth structure, or enough to ensure a secure fit. Next, dental impressions are taken and a temporary is typically placed. When the new crown is ready you will return for the placement of the final restoration. Your new crown will be permanently secured to your tooth and polished for a smooth texture and natural appearance.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
The preparation of the tooth can cause minor discomfort, but most patients are kept comfortable with a local anesthetic. If you experience dental anxiety or have concerns about your comfort we will discuss sedation dentistry options during your consultation. Our goal is to enable you to receive the dental care you need while feeling relaxed and confident.
Are dental crowns covered by dental insurance?
If you have dental insurance, we will work with you to determine your benefits. In many cases, dental insurance will cover at least part of the total treatment cost.
How long does a dental crown last?
A dental crown is designed to last at least 10 years, although most patients who maintain good oral health will have their crown for many more years. Routine dental care is important so that we can monitor the condition of the crown and alert you to any early signs of wear or damage. This is why we recommend our patients see us every six months so that we can keep a close eye on your dental crown and your overall oral health.
Schedule an Appointment
The best way to determine if a dental crown will meet your cosmetic and restorative needs is by scheduling an appointment with our team. We will evaluate the current condition of your smile and determine what your options are. When you choose Garner Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for your dental crown needs, know that we will provide you with comprehensive and compassionate care throughout the entirety of the process. We love what we do and we look forward to assisting you with your cosmetic and restorative dental needs.