Dental Crowns – Rocky Hill, CT
Repair, Restore, and Protect Your Smile
Even though our enamel is even harder than our bones, there are still plenty of ways you can find yourself with chipped, weakened, or cracked teeth. Unfortunately, teeth can’t heal themselves like the rest of the body. If your tooth becomes damaged from bad oral health habits, a sudden injury, or other circumstances, it needs to be treated right away to keep the problem from getting worse. Thankfully, at Dental Essentials of Rocky Hill, we can repair, restore, and protect your smile with a dental crown! Read on to learn more about this popular restoration and how it can help improve your pearly whites.
Why Choose Dental Essentials of Rocky Hill For Dental Crowns?
- #1 Metal-Free Materials for Safe & Lifelike Results
- #2 Honest, Compassionate Team of Experienced Dentists
- #3 Completely Customized Treatment for Your Unique Smile
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns in Rocky Hill are one of the most common ways to repair damaged teeth. Essentially, they’re tooth-shaped caps that are precisely designed to fit over a tooth. Since they encapsulate the entire visible portion of a tooth, they can improve both its appearance and ability to function. All the while, they act as a barrier to prevent further damage or decay. Each one is custom-made out of high-quality dental ceramic for seamlessly lifelike results that are built to last.
What Can Dental Crowns Fix?
This versatile treatment can be used to address a wide variety of issues, such as:
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
- Teeth with large fillings or extensive decay.
- Stained, misshapen, or otherwise cosmetically imperfect teeth.
- Teeth that have just been repaired with a root canal.
- Replacing a missing tooth when paired with a dental implant.
What’s the Process for Getting a Dental Crown?
Designing, creating, and placing a dental crown typically only takes two easy appointments. First, we’ll clean away any damaged or decayed tissue and check to see if there’s enough space for the dental crown. If needed, we’ll numb the area and carefully remove a small amount of enamel. Then, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and send them off to a dental lab, where they’ll be used to create your custom final restoration.
To keep your smile comfortable and safe until your permanent crown is ready, we’ll place a temporary crown before you leave the office. Before you know it, we’ll call you back to have your stunning permanent crown bonded into place. Once we’ve ensured your bite feels comfortable, you’ll be ready to go out and enjoy your fully functioning and healthy smile!
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
While there are plenty of treatments that can restore the look and function of your pearly whites, dental crowns offer unique advantages like:
- Versatility: Dental crowns can be used to reliably address a wide range of dental issues.
- Lifelike appearance: Thanks to the beautiful dental ceramic they’re crafted from, your dental crown will be nearly indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
- Fortification of natural tooth structure: Dental crowns are designed to hold together and strengthen a tooth as much as possible while preserving natural tooth structure.
- Prevention of future issues: Without the protection of a dental crown, most damaged or weakened teeth would need to be extracted.
To see if your smile could benefit from a dental crown, don’t hesitate to give us a call today to schedule your consultation!
Dental Crown FAQ
Before you get your dental crown, you’re likely to have multiple questions about the process. Your experts at Dental Essentials of Rocky Hill are happy to hear whatever’s on your mind! Let us know what you’re worried about during your first visit; when the day comes to actually place the crown, we want you to feel like you fully understand the situation. Below are some particularly common questions that many of our patients have brought to us over the years.
How is My Temporary Crown Different from My Permanent Crown?
As you can probably guess, temporary crowns are only meant to protect the tooth for a short time while permanent crowns are designed to last for many years. The only reason a temporary restoration might be necessary is because it normally takes days or weeks for a permanent crown to be made. Because the lifespan of a temporary crown doesn’t need to be as long, it’s usually made out of acrylic, which is typically less durable than dental ceramic. As such, you need to be much more careful with your temporary restoration. Avoid chewing with the affected side of your mouth at all times, and stay away from sticky or chewy foods that might end up pulling off a restoration.
Will a Crown Prevent Cavities?
A crown might cover the tooth, but that doesn’t completely shield it from the bacteria and food particles that cause decay. Harmful organisms and substances can work their way underneath the restoration to attack the weakened or damaged enamel. In order to protect the tooth under the crown, you need to continue brushing and flossing thoroughly while paying especially close attention to the gumline. You also need to be on the lookout for signs of gum disease, which could easily cost you your teeth if left untreated.
Is Getting a Crown Painful?
The first step to placing a dental crown involves removing small amounts of enamel from the tooth. We’ll numb your mouth during this process to help you stay as comfortable as possible. You may notice some achiness afterwards, but it should go away within a few days. As for the actual placement of the crown, the process will cause little to no pain. At most, you might experience a little discomfort when the temporary crown is removed and air touches the nerves. It’s not unusual to notice minor discomfort and swelling for a few days after implant placement, but this can be addressed with over-the-counter medication.
Will Dental Insurance Help Pay for Dental Crowns?
Most insurance plans will help partially cover the cost of dental crown placement as long as the restoration is being placed for oral health purposes and not just as a cosmetic treatment. Under most policies, crown placement is considered a “major” procedure, which usually means insurance will help pay for around half the cost. Different carriers might offer different levels of coverage for restorative services, so make sure you review your plan. Our team will handle the paperwork for filing a claim, and they can also discuss financing options if you don’t have any insurance at all.