Damage and decay to your teeth can be both painful and embarrassing. Fortunately, at Aegis Dental, we offer a number of treatments that aim to fortify weakened teeth and restore their structure, function, and appearance. Once such treatment is dental crowns in Carrollton. These custom restorations can make your smile look and feel like new again!
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is simply placed over the entire visible portion of a compromised tooth, thus providing it with total protection. Oftentimes, a crown plays a pivotal role in saving a weakened tooth from extraction.
Crowns can be made out of various materials. We sometimes recommend that patients receive all-metal crowns for their back teeth because these teeth are exposed to the greatest chewing forces on a day to day basis. For teeth toward the front of the mouth, patients often opt for all-porcelain crowns. The porcelain blends in perfectly with the dentition around it, which can allow you to smile with confidence in any situation.
There are a number of reasons why we may recommend a dental crown, including:
In most cases, the dental crown process takes place across two appointments. During your first appointment, Dr. Chandy, your dentist in Carrollton, will prepare your tooth. She may have to file it down so it will fit well beneath its new restoration. Anesthesia will ensure that you’re comfortable during the tooth preparation phase of your treatment. Then, we’ll take some impressions of your mouth, which will serve as the basis for designing your custom crown.
You’ll wear a temporary crown while a dental laboratory creates your permanent one. When the crown is ready, you’ll return to our office so Dr. Chandy can verify that it fits well and meets your aesthetic expectations. Then, she’ll permanently attach it to your tooth.
Do you believe you could benefit from a new dental crown? Contact Aegis Dental today to schedule your restorative consultation.
Whether you are preparing to have dental crowns in Carrollton placed or are simply researching your options, Dr. Chandy and her team at Aegis Dental are happy you’re here. We know you probably have a lot of questions and/or concerns, which is why we are pleased to provide some of the most frequently asked questions about dental crowns. Please take your time in reviewing this information. Should you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our office.
There are really no special tools or products you need to keep your dental crown clean. Just remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day, and rinse with an ADA-approved mouthwash. You’ll also need to keep your regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings with Dr. Chandy every six months. It’s important to remember that although your crown cannot decay, the tooth underneath it can still be susceptible to common dental problems such as tooth decay or gum disease. This is why it is imperative that you practice good oral habits.
Depending on how well you take care of your dental crown, you can expect it to last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Naturally, you can expect there to be normal wear and tear due to eating, chewing, and general use of your teeth each day; however, as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid bad habits, you should be able to enjoy your custom restoration for a longer span of time.
Should your crown accidentally fall off, make sure to contact our office immediately and schedule an appointment. Make sure to clean the crown as well as the front of your tooth. Bring it to your appointment, as Dr. Chandy will determine if it can be cemented back into place or if a new crown is needed.
Most dental insurance companies cover anywhere from 50-70% of major restorative services. Since a dental crown is a necessity, you can expect your insurer to pay a substantial portion of your procedure; however, it is important that before you move forward with any type of dental work that you speak with an insurance representative who can identify if you are covered, how much will be the responsibility of the insurance company, and how much you can expect to pay out of pocket. If you’re unsure about the process, don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff members who will work on your behalf to get the answers you need.