About Dental Crowns
If a single tooth is damaged, it can often be restored and protected with a dental crown. These custom dental prosthodontics, also referred to as caps, are made to fit over a damaged tooth and shaded to blend with surrounding natural teeth for a seamless appearance. At Byers Station Dental, our general dentists use crowns for a range of needs, including to treat tooth decay, protect damaged teeth, or cover root canal-treated teeth. Dental crowns can also be attached to single dental implants to complete a tooth replacement procedure. Our dentists custom design these restorations in a range of materials to meet individual needs, including all-porcelain, all-metal (like gold), and porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Schedule a consultation at our Chester Springs, PA practice to learn more about how a dental crown can strengthen or repair a tooth while enhancing the appearance and health of your smile.
Do You Need a Dental Crown?
A dental crown may be an ideal restorative dentistry option for addressing a range of dental concerns. At Byers Station Dental, crowns can be placed to restore:
- Worn or decayed teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Misshapen or discolored teeth
- Teeth with old fillings
- Root canal-treated teeth
- Individual dental implants
Crowns are also fused together in a series of two or more units to serve as a dental bridge for tooth replacement. Our dentists will determine if a crown can meet your needs and help you choose an ideal crown material. PFM and metal crowns are stronger and well-suited for back teeth while all-porcelain crowns may be preferred for the smile zone.
How Is a Crown Placed?
The dental crown process takes two office visits to complete in most cases. At your first visit, our dentists will numb your tooth for comfort and may administer nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel at ease if necessary. We will then remove any damaged tooth structure and take a digital impression of the prepared area (or a previously placed dental implant). A dental lab will use this image to precisely create a custom crown according to the ideal size, shape, and color. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed to protect your treated tooth. About 1 – 2 weeks later, we will have you return to receive your final crown. Our dentists will remove the temporary and bond your crown to your tooth or attach it to your implant.
Caring for Your New Crown
Our dentists will adjust your new crown as needed for a comfortable, even bite. A member of our team will go over how to care for your new crown, including foods to avoid and how to care for your restoration. Dental crowns should be brushed and flossed well each day just like natural tooth structure. When you visit our Chester Springs, PA practice for dental exams, our dentists will evaluate the health of your tooth and restoration. If you experience any problems with your crown (it falls out or feels loose), contact our office immediately. Please avoid putting it back in yourself since this can lead to a bad fit or tooth damage.
Insurance Coverage for Your Care
A portion of a dental crown procedure may be covered under dental insurance plans. After talking to your insurance provider, we can determine your coverage amount and calculate any out-of-pocket treatment costs. To help make restorative care more convenient for our patients, Byers Station Dental accepts a range of easy payment solutions.
Repair Damaged Teeth With Custom Crowns
A damaged or decayed tooth can often be repaired with a custom crown from Byers Station Dental. In many instances, a dental crown may also be attached to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. If you are searching for a restorative dentistry solution, talk to our dentists about how a crown can strengthen and protect your tooth while improving the health and look of your smile. Contact our office in Chester Springs, PA to book your consultation!