Dental Crowns Overview
When a tooth is worn down or damaged, it often can be saved with a crown. Sometimes called a cap, dental crowns are custom made to cover the tooth and shaded to blend with your natural teeth for an attractive appearance. At West Bridgewater Dental, we use crowns to treat teeth that have a large area of decay, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask discoloration. Our board-certified dentists create custom dental crowns with high-quality materials designed to meet your specific needs, including metal, porcelain, and metal covered with porcelain. Make an appointment with our experienced West Bridgewater, MA team to find out how a crown may repair or strengthen a damaged tooth while also boosting the overall health of your mouth.
Best Candidates for Dental Crowns
Crowns may be used to address several types of needs. They may be placed to restore a weak, decayed tooth or to strengthen and hold together a cracked tooth. Dental crowns may be recommended to repair a broken or worn-down tooth. They may be used to restore a damaged tooth that's beyond repair with a filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or mask a discolored or misshapen tooth. Crowns are cemented over your prepared tooth or affixed to a dental implant. When selecting the type of crown material to be used, we take into consideration where it's being placed. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or all metal options is typically stronger, which makes them better suited for the less visible teeth in the back. Ceramic or porcelain crowns often are ideal for teeth that show in the smile and customized to match the size, color, and shape of your teeth. During your consult, our talented cosmetic dentists will discuss your options and help you choose the best dental crown material for your needs.
What To Expect with Dental Crowns
During your crown visit, our team will prep the affected tooth and take dental impressions of your mouth so your crown can be customized to fit over your tooth structure. Our team will numb the treatment area with anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Sedation techniques may be used if you have dental anxiety or fear. When the anesthesia has taken effect, we'll prep your tooth by cleaning away debris and decay, then lightly file the enamel to create space for your new dental crown. In some cases, a temporary dental crown may be used to cover your tooth as your permanent crown is being crafted. As soon as your permanent dental crown is made, your restoration will be cemented to your tooth or connected to a dental implant. Once set, our dentists can adjust your bite to ensure your comfort.
Dental Crowns Recovery
Unless sedation was used, you'll be able to leave our office once the procedure is complete and get back to your daily routine. A member of our team will discuss how to care for your crown, including any foods that should be avoided and how to properly clean around your new restoration. During your annual exams at West Bridgewater Dental, our doctors will routinely evaluate your dental crown and adjust it, if needed, to keep it comfortable. We'll also determine when your crown should be replaced; however, with good care, it may last for several years. If you have any issues with your crown (if it falls out or becomes loose), call our office right away. Don't try to repair it or reattach it as this may cause an infection or an ill-fit.
Dental Crowns Insurance Coverage
Part of your crown treatment costs may be covered by dental insurance. Once we talk to your insurance provider, we'll be able to better calculate your personal costs. At your consult, our dentists will help you choose the type of crown material that best suits your needs and budget. We'll also discuss payment methods along with financing options to help make your procedure affordable.
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Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth may be treated with a dental crown by the skilled cosmetic dentists at West Bridgewater Dental. Talk to our qualified team about how a dental crown can protect your tooth from continued harm and help to keep your mouth healthy. A custom crown can be created from several types of high-quality materials and matched to blend with your teeth to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Contact our practice in West Bridgewater, MA today to make an appointment for your consultation.