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Dental Crowns

Giving Damaged or Decayed Teeth the Royal Treatment

 

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but it can only take so much. Your teeth are constantly under pressure whenever you chew food and close your mouth, and they’re constantly exposed to acidic fluids and bacteria. At some point, the enamel may become decayed or injured to the point where the rest of the dental structure becomes compromised. In order to keep the tooth safe and functional, get in touch with Dr. Baker right away to ask about having a crown placed.

Why Choose Bluebonnet Dental for Dental Crowns?

  • Dentist Trained at Prestigious Institutions
  • Sedation Available for Nervous or Anxious Patients
  • Crowns Personalized to the Smallest Detail

What is a Dental Crown?

Older woman in sweater smiling with dental crowns in Houston, TX

A dental crown fits like a cap over your natural tooth. It can serve a variety of purposes; it might hold a weakened tooth together, seal a severe crack that might expose the inner pulp to infection, or it might even just hide extremely discolored enamel. Crowns have been made out of gold and other metals in the past, but we prefer all-ceramic crowns that can be designed to look, feel, and function just like your real teeth. When making a crown out of ceramic material, we’ll pay close attention to the shape and color of the restoration so that it fits seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

The Dental Crown Process

Illustration of a dental crown being placed on a molar

You typically won’t be able to get a crown right away; the whole process usually takes at least two appointments. The first visit focuses on preparation. First, Dr. Baker will examine the tooth and determine whether a dental crown is your best option. Then he’ll remove any decay that’s present along with a small amount of enamel. Once the tooth is ready, we’ll take an impression of your bite. The impression is then sent to the lab where the crown is designed. We’ll give you a temporary restoration to protect your tooth while your crown is being made.

After a few weeks, your crown will be ready. One of our team members will reach out to you once you’ve received it. During your second appointment, we’ll make any last minute adjustments to the fit and color of the tooth if necessary before we attach it with a special adhesive. Once the crown has been placed, you should avoid sticky foods for at least 24 hours, but after that you can eat and drink anything you want.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

3D model of a tooth with a dental crown above

A dental crown has numerous benefits. For starters, when made out of customized ceramic material, it can restore the appearance of your tooth to the point where most people likely won’t realize it was ever damaged in the first place. The restoration will also protect your teeth from further damage while also reducing sensitivity. Crowns are known to last for 15 years or more with the right care, and they only require basic maintenance in the form of regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental examinations.

Dental Crown FAQs

Frequently asked questions about a dental crown

Whether used for cosmetic or restorative purposes, a dental crown is an excellent option to improve the health, appearance, and function of a tooth. Although the restoration is beneficial, it’s a big commitment. We understand your concerns, which is why we’ll explain everything during your initial appointment. To ease your apprehensions, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about crowns.


Will my crown look natural?

In the past, crowns were typically made of metal. While metal restorations are durable and effective, they can stand out like a sore thumb. You don’t need to worry about a dark spot blemishing your smile. You can benefit from a tooth-colored crown. It’s made of all-ceramic material, which allows it to be customized to match the color of your teeth. It will be carefully crafted to meet your exact color, size, and shape needs, so no one will know it isn’t your natural tooth.

How long do crowns last?

On average, a dental crown will last for about 10 years before needing to be replaced; however, it’s not uncommon for them to thrive for decades with the right care. You can promote the longevity of your restoration by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing nightly, and visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. You’ll want to avoid anything that may damage the crown, like chewing overly hard or sticky foods with it. It’s also best to break the habit of chewing on any inedible objects or using your teeth as tools.

Does it hurt to get a dental crown?

Many patients are worried about pain during a dental treatment, but you don’t have anything to fear. Your dentist will use a local numbing agent to ensure you’re comfortable during the entire process. It’s normal for your tooth to be a bit tender for a couple of days, but you can manage your discomfort using an over-the-counter pain reliever.

How much does a dental crown cost?

There isn’t a pre-determined fee for dental crowns because their cost is based on several factors, such as if additional procedures are required and which tooth is being treated. We’ll provide you with a personalized estimate during your consultation and explain the fees associated with your plan. You’ll know exactly what you’ll need to pay before getting started, so you aren’t surprised by any unexpected fees. Our office accepts several payment options to keep your treatment within your budget, like third-party financing.

Can I use my dental insurance to pay for crowns?

Every dental insurance policy is unique, but most plans can be used to offset the amount you’ll need to pay. Depending on your policy, your insurance can pay 50% to 80% of the costs after reaching your annual deductible. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your insurance company to file the necessary claims forms to maximize your benefits. We’ll explain how your coverage is being used and if you owe a remaining balance.

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