About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a tooth that is decayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. Tooth caps are generally used by the dentist when a filling is insufficient.
Porcelain vs. Gold Dental Crown
At Davis Family Dental Care, we offer several choices in material for dental crowns. We generally recommend tooth-colored restoration such as porcelain for teeth in the smile zone. Teeth in the back of the mouth are sometimes better restored using a gold tooth cap.
Both choices are highly durable and the dentist will help you choose which is right based on your needs, goals and budget.
Dental Crown Procedure
Dental Crowns: Step By Step
Initial Visit - At Davis Family Dental Care, we strive to provide “dental health care” vs. “disease care”. That’s why we focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x-rays when necessary. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, our dentists can identify hidden signs of decay, stress and instability. This exam will help us design a personalized treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function. The dentist will inform you on the various options you have for dental crowns and help you make the best choice.
Tooth Preparation - Once the treatment plan is finalized, your dentist will prepare the tooth (or teeth) by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. A temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.
Final Restoration - In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Bedford, TX dentist office for the delivery appointment. The dentist will try on the dental crown and secure it for a permanent fit.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Dental crown treatment is generally pain-free. We will take steps to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your procedure. The dentist may use a local anestheitc or prescribe a pain medication to make you more comfortable and relaxed. There is typically little or no pain after the dental crown procedure. Most patients report mild sensitivity following treatment, this is usually managed through over-the-couter pain relievers. You can expect that any tooth crown pain will resolve within 1 to 3 days of treatment.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a tooth crown depends on the material used, location of the tooth and specific condition of the patient. Before your treatment begins, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the dental crown cost. We work with virtually all dental insurance carriers in our Bedford, TX dentist office and will assist you with all the paperwork and billing to help you maximize your insurance benefits.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have a broken crown, please contact our Bedford, TX dentist office for an appointment with one of our dentists. We try to see dental emergency patients on the same day whenever possible.