Damaged and decayed teeth can leave you feeling embarrassed. Not only will your aesthetic be compromised, but the status of your current health will continue to decline. Being around family, friends, and peers can become increasingly difficult, especially if the problematic teeth are visible to others. Fortunately, Dr. Gizachew at Nu Dental Brick can provide dental crowns to safeguard and strengthen the natural tooth structure, allowing you to feel more confident in your appearance. We can also create customized dental bridges for individuals with one or more missing consecutive teeth. To find out if you are eligible for these restorative treatments, contact us today!
Dental crowns are restorative solutions that are also known as “caps.” Designed to restore and strengthen the visible portion of a weakened tooth, it is also used when patients undergo dental implant placement to replace a single missing tooth.
Dentists have relied on dental crowns for decades (even centuries) to help individuals living with decayed or damaged teeth. The most common reasons your dentist might recommend a dental crown include:
Know for their durability and functionality, dental crowns offer patients a tried-and-true solution that provides a multitude of benefits, some of which include:
Dental bridges are used if you are missing one or more consecutive teeth along the top or bottom row of your mouth. Relying on dental crowns that are fused to create the bridge, this restorative treatment uses your healthy abutment teeth as anchors to hold the bridge in place.
The exterior crows are placed over the natural teeth while the interior crowns sit on top of the gums, creating the appearance of a fully restored smile.
This minimally invasive procedure takes the same amount of time (two visits) and will leave you feeling more confident in your appearance.
Although there are other available options for tooth replacement, dental bridges continue to stand the test of time. As one of the safest, most reliable solutions on the market, your dentist can attest to the tremendous benefits you’ll receive, such as:
People require dental crowns for a variety of reasons and Dr. G and his team are happy to break down why you may need one to restore your smile. If you’ve never received a crown before, we understand if you have questions ahead of your procedure. Please take a look at some of the most common questions we’ve heard over the years. We hope that you find the answers you’re looking for or speak with us directly about your concerns.
It’s impossible for a dental crown to develop cavities because the materials used to create them are inorganic. That means they cannot decay like natural enamel can. With that said, the natural tooth underneath your crown is just as susceptible to decay as you’re uncapped teeth, so keep this in mind when practicing at-home brushing and flossing. If you have poor oral hygiene, your damaged tooth can still break down and decay. As long as you brush twice a day, floss around the restoration to remove food debris and plaque, and visit our office once every six months, your dental crown should last for many years.
Chewing with a temporary crown should feel comfortable, but that doesn’t mean you should go chewing any foods you want at this time. Not only can sugar find its way under the crown through a small gap between your temporary and your gum line, leading to decay, but very hot or cold foods can negatively impact the dental cement’s ability to keep the crown secure. You may also notice sensitivity when eating these types of foods before your permanent crown is attached. Common foods that can damage, loosen, or dislodge a temporary crown include hard or chewy breads (i.e. bagels) corn on the cob, ice, caramel, hard candy, popcorn, nuts, and chewing gum.
A few days after receiving your dental crown, it should start to feel quite natural next to your existing teeth. Crowns are made from incredibly durable porcelain and designed to withstand daily chewing forces just as easily as natural tooth enamel. For that reason, eating with a dental crown should not feel strange. One of the reasons we reshape your natural tooth is so your crown will stay as secure as possible. We use digital impression technology to create the best-fitting restoration we can and color-match the porcelain to your neighboring teeth, so no one but you and our office should know you had it placed.
While the answer is typically yes, this is not always the case, especially in full. For example, all dental insurance plans are going to have some variation, even though most of them do offer at least partial coverage for crowns necessary to protect your oral health. Since dental crowns are usually considered a major procedure, many insurance plans offer coverage at 50% once you’ve met your deductible and before you’ve gone over your maximum for the year. Keep in mind that crowns being placed solely for cosmetic reasons are not covered in most cases. Alternatively, we do offer financing solutions to help make your care more affordable.