What Are Dental Crowns?
When a tooth is moderately worn down, damaged, or decayed, it may be restored and protected with a dental crown. Sometimes called "caps", crowns are prosthodontic restorations used to cover a tooth from the gumline up and are shaded to match your natural teeth for an attractive, seamless finish. At Advanced Dentistry of Centre County, our talented general dentists may recommend dental crowns to treat moderately sized cavities, strengthen cracked teeth, or mask discoloration. They also place these restorations to protect root canal-treated teeth and finish off a single dental implant when replacing a missing tooth. To bring the ultimate in convenience to State College, PA patients, we proudly offer custom dental crowns made from the highest quality materials available today. Make an appointment with our dentists today to learn how a custom dental crown can strengthen or repair a tooth while enhancing the overall appearance and health of your grin.
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When Are Dental Crowns Recommended?
Dental crowns can be placed in the front or back of the mouth and may be used to restore proper biting function, oral health, and cosmetic appeal in a number of situations. These restorations may be used to treat the following dental concerns:
- Tooth decay
- Worn tooth enamel
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Discolored or misshapen teeth
- Root canal-treated teeth
- Replacement of large fillings
- Restoration of single dental implants
While many dental crowns are made of top-grade porcelain (ceramic) or zirconia, we may at times use porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or all-metal (like gold) materials to meet the individual needs of each patient. Crowns are precisely made to a custom size, shape, and color to blend seamlessly into your smile. During your consultation, our dentists will go over your choices and help you select the best dental crown material to achieve your desired results.
What Is the Treatment Process?
Crowns are generally placed within two visits to our state-of-the-art practice. At your first appointment, our dentists will begin by numbing the treatment area and may provide sedation services if requested. Once you are comfortable, any decay or damage will be removed from your tooth and a digital impression of the prepared tooth structure will be taken. This image will create a 3D mold of your teeth and will be shared with our partner dental lab where your new crown will be made according to specific instructions. Our dentists will design the ideal shape, size, and color of your crown to fit seamlessly within your arch and match surrounding teeth. Once your crown is ready, we will have you return for the second visit where it will be bonded in place to your prepared tooth or attached to a previously placed dental implant. The fit of your crown will be adjusted as needed so your bite feels comfortable and even.
Caring for Your New Crown
Before you leave your crown placement visit, our friendly team will provide you with instructions on caring for your new restoration. Dental crowns should be brushed and flossed thoroughly each day just like the remainder of your mouth. During your routine dental visits at Advanced Dentistry, our dentists will assess your crown for function, wear, and comfort. With proper care and attention, your cap should last for several years. If you experience any trouble with your crown (such as if feels loose or comes off), contact our office for assistance. Please avoid attempting to repair it or reattach yourself as this can result in damage to your tooth or crown and the need for further treatment.
Does Insurance Cover a Dental Crown?
A portion of your crown procedure may be covered by insurance, depending on your individual plan. After contacting your insurance provider, our office can help you maximize your coverage before determining any out-of-pocket expenses. During your consultation at Advanced Dentistry, our financial coordinator can help you select a convenient payment option for any uncovered portion or help you apply for special patient financing through CareCredit.
Return Health to Your Beautiful Smile
Teeth that are decayed, worn, cracked, or otherwise damaged can often be restored to their former glory with custom dental crowns. At Advanced Dentistry of Centre County, our dentists customize dental crowns with high-level precision to get you back to enjoying better oral health in a short period of time. Find out more about how traditional or implant-retained crowns can return health, function, and beauty to your smile by scheduling a visit at our State College, PA practice.