Teeth are quite strong, but due to trauma or tooth decay, they may suffer significant damage. If that happens to one or more members of your smile, the team at Southeastern Dental Care is ready to help! We offer a range of restorative services, including dental crowns. On this page, you will learn more about what dental crowns are and what you can expect from the treatment process.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits snugly over the entire portion of a tooth that is above the gumline. Its purpose is to restore the tooth’s original size, appearance, and functionality. Crowns can be made out of various materials, but we tend to favor dental-grade porcelain, a natural-looking material that simulates the look of tooth enamel. It will be made to mimic the crevices and indentations that a natural tooth would have. Crowns are always customized to work harmoniously with a patient’s bite.
Some scenarios in which a dental crown may be necessary include:
If you believe that you need a crown, do not delay treatment. Without a crown to protect it, the state of a damaged tooth will only become worse over time.
While other practices require at least two visits to give you a crown, thanks to CEREC technology, we are often able to repair our patients’ teeth in just one appointment. Here is an overview of how the process usually works:
Dental crowns offer numerous benefits, including:
Dental crowns can be used to resolve all kinds of dental problems, and they can be carefully customized according to your needs. To make the process of getting a dental crown as smooth as possible, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. We invite you to check the FAQs below; they address some of the topics that past patients have asked about. You can also get in touch with us if you would like to ask something that isn’t covered on this page.
While dental crowns can last for years, their lifespans are finite. It may be time for you to get a new restoration if you have noticed any of the following signs:
Call our office immediately if you have noticed problems with your crown. After examining your restoration, we can determine whether or not it truly needs to be replaced.
You do not have to worry about your dental crown getting a cavity. That being said, there’s still a risk of the underlying tooth suffering from decay if harmful bacteria manage to get underneath the crown. As such, when brushing your teeth, you should take the time to clean your dental crown. Pay especially close attention to the area where the gums and the edges of the crown meet. Don’t forget to visit our office two times a year; we can check for signs of decay and let you know if there are any problems developing.
Keeping our patients as comfortable as possible is an important aspect of any dental treatment. As such, we can use a local anesthetic to keep your mouth numb during the dental crown process. Some patients experience tooth sensitivity afterward. It shouldn’t be anything that you can’t control with ibuprofen or another over-the-counter painkiller; however, we urge you to call us right away if the pain suddenly gets worse.
Some patients have an FSA (flexible spending account) or an HSA (health savings account) that they use to help them pay for dental treatments. You can potentially claim a dental crown as an FSA or HSA expense, but bear in mind that this is only for crowns that are being placed for restorative reasons, such as to repair a broken tooth; purely cosmetic crowns are generally not eligible.
Our team can review the specifics of your FSA or HSA with you to make sure that you fully understand what coverage is available and how it can help you pay for your dental crown.