About Dental Crowns
To repair and restore broken teeth, deep discoloration, significant decay, and other problems, dental crowns cover the entire tooth. At DentalWorks - Greenville NC in Greenville, NC, crowns (sometimes called caps) are strong, durable covers that fit snugly over the the visible area of the tooth in cases where a cavity is too large to be filled with a tooth-colored filling or if the tooth is broken and needs protection. Crowns can also be used to mask a discolored tooth or to add to the stability to a dental bridge. Crowns by our dentists at DentalWorks - Greenville NC can be porcelain, metal, or ceramic, depending on the location of the crown. The posterior teeth usually benefit from the extra strength of metal, while the visible teeth look better with porcelain or ceramic crowns, which are colored to match the patient's natural teeth.
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What to Expect
To create a custom crown, our dentists first prepare the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel, then taking digital X-rays and impressions of the tooth, which will be sent to the dental laboratory. A temporary crown can be placed on the tooth while the permanent crown is being sculpted. When the permanent crown is returned to DentalWorks - Greenville NC in Greenville, NC, our dentists will carefully secure and fit the crown on the tooth. Our dentists may adjust the crown for the patient's best fit.
Some patients may experience temporary discomfort or tooth sensitivity, but nearly all patients do not have any pain after a crown is finalized. With proper home care and regular dental cleanings and examinations, a crown may last for 10 - 40 years, depending on the position and material of the crown. In some cases, a bacterial infection or cavity may form under the crown, which may require a root canal or other procedure.
If the crown is considered medically necessary, dental insurance companies typically cover some of the cost, so our office staff at DentalWorks - Greenville NC in Greenville, NC will check with the patient’s insurance to determine their coverage and the patient's out-of-pocket costs. Estimated costs, payment options, and financing plans are available through our office in Greenville, NC and can be discussed during the patient's meeting with our dentists.
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Strengthen and Protect
A cap can be used to protect a decayed or cracked tooth, as well as hide a flaw in the tooth's appearance. To fix the appearance or health of a single tooth, talk to our dentists at DentalWorks - Greenville NC in Greenville, NC and find out if a dental crown is a solution for your needs and goals.