Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that are cracked, broken, or crooked. They can also address teeth that have decay and are used to cap teeth that have undergone a root canal. A dental crown can be custom designed to color-match your natural teeth and can help add stability to your oral foundation. They blend in seamlessly with your smile, providing an aesthetic restoration to a variety of dental concerns.
Dental crowns add strength and protect your natural teeth, improving oral function and overall aesthetics. We use porcelain dental crowns in our Fallston dentist office for natural-looking, long-lasting, and stable results.
Dentists will recommend a dental crown for the following situations:
- Cover a dental implant
- Protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking, or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth with severe wear and tear
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
Dental Crown Process
Planning Phase – We will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth, mouth, and gums. Then we will create a custom treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function with a dental crown. We will go through this plan in depth and answer any questions you may have before any treatment begins.
Tooth Preparation – The next step is to prepare the tooth. We will remove a small amount of the natural tooth structure to create room for the tooth crown and to remove any decay. Then, we will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental laboratory where they will make your new dental crown. The crowns will be made to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth so that they are hardly noticeable to the naked eye. We will place a temporary restoration for comfort and normal function until your crown is ready.
Placement of the Crown – In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Fallston dentist office where we will permanently bond the custom dental crown to your tooth after ensuring a proper fit. We will ensure that the crown fits and looks very natural aesthetically.
Aftercare – After the crowns have been placed minor discomfort for a few days is normal. If this persists for a prolonged period, do not hesitate to contact our office. Our staff is happy to examine your crown to ensure it was placed and fits correctly. At-home oral care is extremely important to the longevity of your crown, and your overall oral health. We also recommend that patients schedule regular examinations and cleanings to ensure that the crown and teeth are healthy.
Dental Crown FAQs
Do you have further questions about dental crowns and what they may be used to treat? Continue reading to learn more about dental crowns and find answers to commonly asked questions.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
We strive to make sure each patient undergoing treatment with dental crowns is comfortable and relaxed. We will numb the tooth and the surrounding area to ensure your comfort and then begin preparing the tooth.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of dental crowns varies due to the type of crown you request and the state of your oral health. Before we begin treatment, we will fully review the entire procedure with you, including the dental crown cost. We also accept most dental insurance plans and can offer payment plan options. Consider interest free-financing with CareCredit.
I have a metal dental crown; can I replace it with a porcelain dental crown?
Yes, we can replace metal, broken, or worn down dental crowns with new, porcelain dental crowns. Replacing dental crowns is a simple procedure that can provide a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the smile.
How long do dental crowns last?
On average, porcelain tooth crowns can last between 5 to 15 years. The better you take care of your teeth, the longer the crown with last. If you are diligent and active in your dental health, your crowns can last a lifetime.
Request a Dental Exam Today
Harford County Dentistry is conveniently located on Bel Air Rd in Fallston. We offer our patients dental crowns in the Bel Air, MD and greater Harford County area. Give us a call at 410-994-2627 to schedule a dental exam, or request an appointment online today.