A single damaged or missing tooth shouldn't ruin the whole mouth. A dental crown can cover or replace a single tooth to restore normal function and appearance for the patient. A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, can protect a damaged, decayed, discolored, or missing tooth. Materials are important in cosmetic dentistry, so board-certified Dentist Dr. Albert Ambriz helps each patient understand their choices. Specifically, there is e.max, feldspathic or Empress, and zirconia crowns, as well as porcelain fused to metal and gold crowns. Each of these materials is distinct enough that they will have a different impact to the patient's smile so it's important to find a Cosmetic Dentist like Dr. Ambriz who understands how to work with all of them. The Ambriz Center for Reconstructive & Cosmetic Dentistry in Dallas works with master ceramists to create handmade restorations because it's the subtle differences that make each smile unique and natural for the patient's best result. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ambriz at his Dallas, TX, office to learn more about dental crowns and all treatment options.
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A dental crown can be used for several treatments including to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth, fill a large cavity, restore a broken tooth, or cover a discolored and misshapen tooth. Crowns can be made from several different materials based on its placement. Usually, front or visible teeth will be made with a tooth-colored material, like porcelain, either alone or over another material. Back teeth used for chewing typically need a stronger material like zirconia or gold. A crown may be cemented over a tooth or attached to a dental implant. By treating a dental problem early with a crown, patients may be able to avoid more extensive procedures like a root canal or tooth extraction.
What to Expect
If the crown will be placed over a tooth, Dr. Ambriz will lightly file down the tooth to make room for the crown before taking impressions. If the crown is being attached to a dental implant, the screw will be placed and allowed to heal. While the permanent crown is being made, patients will be given a temporary crown to protect their tooth. When the patient's custom crown is returned to the office from the dental laboratory, the patient will schedule an appointment to have their crown fitted and cemented into place.
Patients may have some inflammation or discomfort after their crown is placed, but this can usually be treated with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Dr. Ambriz will give each patient care instructions based on the material that was chosen for their crown. Patients should establish a good home oral care routine with brushing and flossing, schedule annual dental exams, and receive twice yearly dental cleanings. Crowns can last anywhere from 7 – 40 years based on the material and care, but Dr. Ambriz will help patients determine when the crown needs to be replaced.
In most cases, a crown is covered in part by dental insurance. Our office will contact the patient's insurance company to determine their benefits and then estimate their personal cost. During the consultation, Dr. Ambriz can help patients develop a treatment plan with the best crown material based on their needs and budget. Our office can also help patients with payment options and schedules or with medical financing through CareCredit and Lending Club.
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Take back control of your dental health with a dental crown to protect or replace one of your teeth. Even if a damaged tooth doesn't hurt, it may lead to a bigger and more expensive dental problem. Talk to Dr. Ambriz about your treatment options including different crown materials to suit your needs and budget. Schedule a consultation at the Ambriz Center for Reconstructive & Cosmetic Dentistry to restore your oral health.