About Dental Crowns
To repair and protect chipped teeth, discolored enamel, considerable decay, and different issues, dental crowns sit over the visible portion of the tooth. At DentalWorks - Winston Salem in Winston Salem, NC, crowns (also known as caps) are tough, lasting covers that fit closely on top of the visible portion of the tooth 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 - Winston Salem may be metal, porcelain, or ceramic, according to the placement of the crown. The back 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.
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 permanent, custom crown is being made. As soon as the permanent, custom crown is returned to DentalWorks - Winston Salem in Winston Salem, NC, our dentists will expertly fit and set the crown on top of the tooth. Our dentists will alter the cap for a more comfortable fit.
Some patients will feel brief tenderness or sensitivity to hot and cold, although most patients will not feel any soreness after the cap is placed. With ideal at-home care and routine dental cleanings and exams, a dental cap will stay in place for anywhere from 10 - 40 years, based on the material and placement of the cap. Some patients may have a cavity or infection will develop below the crown, which will need a root canal treatment or a different procedure.
When the dental cap is regarded as necessary for the patient's health, dental insurance policies may pay some or most of the bill, so our office staff at DentalWorks - Winston Salem in Winston Salem, 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 Winston Salem, NC and can be talked about at the patient's consultation with our dentists.
Plan Your Procedure
Strengthen and Protect
A crown may be placed to cover a broken or decayed tooth, plus it can camouflage a discoloration or cosmetic flaw. To help the look or strength of a tooth, schedule a consultation with our dentists at DentalWorks - Winston Salem in Winston Salem, NC and determine if a dental cap is a good option for your needs.