About Dental Crowns
To restore and protect chipped teeth, discolored enamel, considerable decay, and different issues, dental crowns sit over the visible portion of the tooth. At DentalWorks - Hickory in Hickory, NC, crowns (also known as caps) are tough, lasting covers that fit closely on top of the area of the tooth above the gumline to cover where a dental cavity is too sizeable to be fixed with a regular filling or if a tooth is damaged and must have a shield. Crowns may also be helpful to conceal a different color tooth as well as adding stability to a bridge. Crowns by our dentists at DentalWorks - Hickory may be porcelain, ceramic, or metal, according to the placement of the crown. The less visible teeth typically are helped by the increased durability of metal, but the front teeth look more natural with ceramic or porcelain crowns that are dyed to be the same as the patient's natural teeth.
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What to Expect
To make a personalized crown, our dentists initially ready the tooth by filing off a slender layer of enamel, and then taking dental X-rays and molds of the tooth that will be taken to the nearest dental lab. A temporary cap may be used to cover the tooth while the custom crown is being created. As soon as the custom crown is returned to DentalWorks - Hickory in Hickory, NC, our dentists will expertly set and fit the crown on top of the tooth. Our dentists will alter the cap for the most comfortable fit.
Some patients will feel brief tenderness or sensitivity to hot and cold, although for the most part patients will not feel any soreness after the cap is in place. With ideal at-home care and routine dental exams and cleanings, a dental cap will stay in place for anywhere from 10 - 40 years, based on the placement and material of the cap. Some patients may have an infection or cavity will grow below the crown, which will need a root canal treatment or a different procedure.
When the dental cap is regarded as a necessary procedure, dental insurance policies will usually pay part or most of the bill, so our office staff at DentalWorks - Hickory in Hickory, NC will talk with the insurance to estimate their coverage and then the patient's portion of the expenses. Estimated billing, payment methods, and financing options are accepted at our office in Hickory, NC and can be talked about at the patient's consultation with our dentists.
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Strengthen and Protect
A dental crown may be placed to cover a decayed or broken tooth, plus it can camouflage a cosmetic flaw or discoloration. To help the look or strength of a tooth, schedule a consultation with our dentists at DentalWorks - Hickory in Hickory, NC and determine if a dental cap is a possible option for your concerns.