About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns, also referred to as caps, are individual restorations that cover the visible part of a tooth. These restorations can return appearance and function to damaged teeth and are customized to an ideal size, shape, and color. Dental crowns are often recommended to treat worn, cracked, or broken teeth, as well as teeth with moderate-sized cavities. Our general dentists may also attach crowns to individual dental implants for tooth replacement purposes. The team at ACE Dental of Harker Heights has years of experience in placing crown prosthodontics and uses innovative technology to generate natural-looking, quality outcomes for our patients. If you have a damaged tooth, schedule a visit at our Harker Heights, TX practice for more on how a crown might restore health and cosmetic appeal to your smile.
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When Is a Crown Recommended?
We often recommend dental fillings to treat minor restorative concerns. But if more extensive tooth damage has occurred, a crown may be necessary. Ideal for front and back teeth, dental crowns may be used to enhance or restore:
- Moderately decayed teeth
- Fractured or cracked teeth
- Worn or broken teeth
- Odd-shaped or discolored teeth
- Root canal-treated teeth
- Teeth with large or old fillings
- Individual dental implants
- Dental bridges for tooth replacement
At our Harker Heights, TX practice, we use the highest quality materials to create dental crowns, including porcelain fused to metal, all-ceramic, and all-metal (such as gold). Our team can talk with you about your options and help you choose the right type of crown for your goals and needs.
The Dental Crown Process
Dental crowns are generally a two-step process. During your first visit, one of our dentists will numb your mouth to ensure your comfort as the damaged tooth structure is removed. Nitrous oxide sedation may also be administered to help minimize any dental anxiety. After your tooth has been treated, our team will take a digital iTero impression of the area to custom-design the fit and shape of your restoration, and place a temporary restoration on your tooth. This impression will also be used by a professional lab to create your crown, which generally takes about 1 – 2 weeks. When your crown is ready, we will have you return so our team can remove the temporary and bond it to your tooth or secure it to a dental implant (already positioned in your jaw).
Caring for Your Crown
Your crown will be adjusted to fit comfortably within your mouth. Instructions on how to care for your new restoration will also be explained to you by our team. It is important to remember that the tooth beneath the crown can still develop cavities, making daily brushing and flossing imperative to your oral health. We will monitor the health of your tooth and condition of your crown when you visit ACE Dental of Harker Heights for routine care. However, your crown may last for several years when cared for properly. Please contact us if your crown ever feels loose or comes off. It is best to avoid reattaching it yourself, as this may damage your tooth structure.
Are Crowns Covered by Insurance?
Many dental insurance plans offer partial coverage for dental crown restorations. ACE Dental of Harker Heights works with a number of insurance companies and will help you get the most from your coverage. If you have any out-of-pocket expenses, a member of our team will be happy to review the affordable payment methods accepted at our practice. We can also assist you in applying for special low-interest financing solutions.
Rebuild Damaged Teeth With Dental Crowns
When teeth become damaged, the result may affect your appearance, oral function, and even your comfort. The gifted dentists at ACE Dental of Harker Heights routinely place dental crowns to treat tooth decay, broken teeth, and other issues. To learn if a crown can help you reestablish a healthy, beautiful smile, book a personalized consultation at our Harker Heights, TX facility.
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