What Are Dental Crowns?
Teeth that become significantly decayed, worn, or broken can certainly impact your ability to eat comfortably and smile with confidence. When these conditions affect your smile, a simple filling may not be enough to fully restore strength and appearance to your tooth. Our team uses dental crowns to rebuild teeth that have moderate to extensive damage and bring health and beauty back to your smile. A dental crown, also called a cap, is a single-tooth dental restoration that covers a damaged tooth starting at the gumline. Custom crafted to look and feel natural, crowns can be placed on front or back teeth to achieve a number of cosmetic and restorative goals for Friendswood, TX patients.
General dentist Dr. Peter Nishino uses his artistic ability and advanced cosmetic skills to design dental crowns in several types of materials, including ceramic Empress®, porcelain fused to metal, and high-grade metal. Though crowns are often used to rebuild decayed and damaged teeth, Dr. Nishino may also recommend these restorations to protect teeth that have been treated with a root canal and to restore single dental implants for tooth replacement. Crowns are common restorations used in a variety of oral conditions. To learn if a dental crown is right for your treatment needs, schedule a visit at Made Ya Smile Dental today.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
At Made Ya Smile, we understand the embarrassment and dysfunction of missing or chipped teeth. Our dentists may recommend a dental crown as a treatment for missing or damaged teeth. There are several benefits of dental crowns, such as:
- More comfort and ease of talking, chewing, and expression
- Simple, individualized treatment that needs very little downtime
- Restored use and aesthetic of teeth and smile
- Longitudinal outcomes that can keep you satisfied for years to come
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Do I Need a Dental Crown?
If you have a tooth in need of restorative treatment, Dr. Nishino may recommend a crown to cover, strengthen, and protect your tooth structure. Crowns are custom made to replicate natural tooth structure that matches your smile and functions just like real tooth enamel. Our Made Ya Smile Dental team always takes the most conservative approach possible in treating our patients. Teeth that have decay that is more than what a simple filling can repair may need dental crowns. In some cases, teeth that have large fillings that are no longer functioning as they should need to be replaced with a full-coverage crown. You may need a dental crown to treat the following conditions:
• Moderate to extensive tooth decay
• Broken or cracked teeth
• Root canal-treated teeth
• Small or misshapen teeth
• Discolored or mottled teeth
• Extremely worn teeth
• Single dental implant restoration
To meet the individual needs, cosmetic preferences, and budgets of our patients, Dr. Nishino customizes dental crowns from a range of high-quality materials. Porcelain fused to metal crowns offer an aesthetic look but are highly durable and excellent for any area in the mouth. Empress, or all-ceramic crowns, bring a natural translucency for a highly aesthetic appeal and are frequently placed within the smile zone. All-metal crowns, such as those made from strong gold, may be best for those who have chronic teeth grinding habits. As a highly trained cosmetic and restorative dentist, Dr. Nishino has the multi-disciplinary skills to create the ideal size, shape, and shade of dental crowns to enhance your smile results.
How Is a Crown Placed?
Regardless of your treatment needs, our Friendswood, TX team is devoted to providing the highest quality of comfortable dental care. If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, we offer sedation dentistry options that can be used during your crown procedure to keep you comfortable and feeling relaxed. Dental crowns are typically completed in two visits. On the first visit, we will prepare your tooth to receive a crown. Dr. Nishino will numb the area with a local anesthetic and remove any decay, damage, or existing filling. He will then rebuild the internal portion of your tooth and take an impression to be used by our professional dental lab in customizing your dental crown. A temporary crown will be placed on your tooth and worn while your permanent restoration is being made. When your crown arrives at our office, usually about a week or two later, we will schedule you to come in and have it cemented in place by Dr. Nishino. At that visit, we will also check your bite to make sure your crown fits comfortably and blends evenly with your smile.
After a Dental Crown Procedure
Our team will provide instructions on how to care for your temporary and permanent crown once it is placed. After your crown prep visit, please wait to eat until any numbness has worn off so that you do not bite and injure your soft tissues. You may have some minor tooth sensitivity or gum inflammation after having your tooth prepared to receive your crown. Nonprescription pain medication can be helpful in providing relief. Get in touch with our Friendswood, TX team right away if your temporary or permanent crown feels loose, becomes dislodged, or comes off completely. Please do not attempt to recement your temporary or permanent crown on your own as this may cause damage to the tooth structure. Instead, our team will bring you in as soon as possible to properly secure your restoration in place. When you visit our practice for follow-up visits and routine care, Dr. Nishino will routinely check your crown to make sure it is still functioning properly.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?
Made Ya Smile Dental in Friendswood, TX is a participating provider with most PPO dental plans and will help you maximize your benefits to best serve your needs. Our team will contact your provider to learn about coverage for dental crowns. If you have any out-of-pocket expenses, we can review our convenient payment options and provide information on interest-free financing and low-cost solutions through CareCredit®. We want you to have access to affordable, high-quality care and will work with you to find solutions that best meet your needs.
Dental Crowns FAQ
How long does it take for a dental crown to settle?
While it may feel bulky and uncomfortable directly following the procedure, your dental crown or crowns should settle in around two weeks. If you experience any irritation after two weeks, you should contact our team so we can decide which solution will work for you.
How long does a dental crown last?
Whether you're getting crowns for front teeth or back teeth, they can last as long as 15 years when taken care of with a regular dental routine of brushing and flossing twice daily. When you experience damage or cracks to your crown, it will fixed the same as your natural teeth.
How long should I wait before I eat?
Waiting an hour or more is optimal. We ask that you wait 60 minutes so the crown can settle without any outside disturbance.
Custom Restorative Solutions
Dental crowns are cosmetic and restorative treatment options that bring health and aesthetics to your smile after moderate to extensive tooth decay or damage. As a qualified and talented general dentist, Dr. Nishino has advanced skill in selecting the appropriate shape, shade, and size of a dental crown to bring customized, effective solutions to match your oral health, smile expectations, and budget. Partner with a team who wants the absolute best for your smile. Contact Made Ya Smile Dental in Friendswood, TX now to schedule your dental crown consultation.
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