Dental Crowns Overview
If a single tooth is damaged or worn down, it can be protected with a dental crown. Also known as a cap, crowns are custom made to fit over your tooth and colored to match your surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance. At Bass River Dental in South Yarmouth, MA, a dental crown may be used to treat a large cavity, protect a weak tooth, restore a cracked tooth, or cover a discolored tooth. Dentist Dr. Peter Russo offers crowns with different materials to match your needs, including porcelain, metal, and porcelain over metal. Schedule a consultation to learn about how a dental crown can strengthen or repair a tooth while also improving the overall health and appearance of your smile.
Traditional dental crowns are placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to help protect and support it. An implant-retained crown can be used to replace a missing tooth. Most often, an implant-retained crown replaces one missing tooth, but in some cases two teeth can be fused together and attached to the same implant. The implant helps secure the crown and makes it durable against chewing, grinding, and other factors. The crown is chosen to match the color and shape of your existing teeth to provide a beautiful and natural smile.
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Best Candidates for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns may be needed or wanted in a variety of situations. They can be used to protect a tooth weakened by decay to keep it from breaking or they can hold parts of a tooth together that have already cracked. Crowns can also be used to fix a tooth that is loose or extremely worn down. They can be utilized to support a tooth with a large cavity that cannot hold a normal filling, hold a dental bridge in place, or cover misshapen or discolored teeth. Crowns can be cemented to the tooth or attached to a dental implant. The material of the crown is usually selected based on the location of the tooth. Metal or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) are generally stronger, so they are better for the back teeth that are less visible. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are typically used on the front teeth and matched to the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. During your consultation, we will go over your options and help you select the best crown for your needs and budget.
What To Expect with Dental Crowns
During your consultation, impressions of your teeth will be taken so your crown can be custom made. If needed, a temporary crown can be placed over your tooth while your custom crown is being made. Once your crown is ready, the area to be treated will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Other sedation options may be available to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure if you have any fears or anxieties. Once you are ready, the tooth will be prepared by removing any areas of decay, then file down the tooth to make room for the crown. The crown will be cemented onto the tooth or attached to the dental implant. Once set, the fit will be adjusted so your bite is correct.
Dental Crowns Recovery
If only local anesthesia is used, you should be able to leave once your crown is placed to continue your daily activities. One of our dental professionals will go over the best way to care for your new crown, including foods to avoid and the best way to keep it clean. During your exams at Bass River Dental, we will assess your crown and adjust the fit for comfort. We will also let you know when the crown needs to be replaced, but with proper care, it should last for many years. If you experience any problems with your crown (it becomes loose or falls out), contact our office for help. Do not try to fix it or put it back in yourself since this can lead to a bad fit or infection.
Dental Crowns Insurance Coverage
Depending on your dental insurance coverage, some of the cost of your crown may be covered. After talking to your insurance company, our office can better estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. During your consultation, we can help you determine the best material for your crown that fits your budget. Our financial team will also go over payment options, including medical financing to make your treatment more affordable.
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Custom Dental Crowns
A single missing or damaged tooth can be easily treated with a custom dental crown at Bass River Dental. Talk to our dental team about how a crown can protect your tooth from further damage and keep your whole mouth healthy. With a wide variety of materials available, a custom-made crown can be matched with your natural teeth so your smile remains beautiful. Contact our office in South Yarmouth, MA to schedule a consultation.