Dental Crowns in Waxahachie, TX
Personalized Dental Crowns Perfectly Restore Your Teeth
At Waxahachie Family Dentistry, we prioritize creating versatile and natural-looking restorative treatments for each patient. One of the longest-trusted methods of rebuilding your smile is dental crowns, which dentists often use to recreate the look and feel of a damaged tooth. Using stain-resistant porcelain, Dr. Scott Clinton can seamlessly blend your dental crown into your smile, saving your tooth and building the foundation for excellent oral health.
Learn how dental crowns restore your oral health and your stunning smile by reading our dentist’s guide.
Why Choose Dental Crowns at Waxahachie Family Dentistry?
Dr. Clinton and his team of experienced dental professionals are proud to provide dental crowns for any patient who needs them. He and his team emphasize continuous education, helping create the most well-rounded practice possible. Their combined experience leads them to give each patient the best dental crown solution available.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are porcelain tooth caps that dentists use to restore a damaged or decayed tooth. Made from safe materials such as porcelain, ceramics, or metal, Dr. Clinton will customize your crowns to fit over the remaining portion of the tooth. This treatment option provides a durable, long-lasting solution for a range of dental treatments, including:
- Root Canal Therapy
- Dental Implants
- Dental Bridges
The Dental Crowns Process
Placing your dental crown is a simple process that can take as little as one appointment. However, this process can vary depending on the procedure you’re getting. If you’re using a dental crown to replace a cracked, damaged, or decayed tooth, the process will follow these simple steps:
To prepare a tooth for a dental crown, our Waxahachie dentist will first remove any decay or infection from the tooth to ensure a healthy foundation for the crown. Next, the dentist will reshape the tooth to provide a stable base and make room for the crown material. This reshaping may involve removing a portion of the tooth to accommodate the thickness of the crown.
The dentist will then take an impression of the prepared tooth and surrounding teeth to create a model for a custom-fit crown. In some cases, we may place a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth and maintain its shape until the permanent crown is ready.
Placing a dental crown is a straightforward process that involves bonding the crown to the prepared tooth using dental cement. The dentist will clean and dry the prepared tooth, place the crown over it, and check its fit and bite. Once it’s in place, the dentist will activate the cement using a special light to harden the adhesive and bond the crown securely to the tooth.
At this time, we’ll make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit and proper bite. We’ll also polish the crown to remove rough spots or excess cement and give it a natural appearance. The final result should be a comfortable and natural-looking restoration that strengthens and protects the treated tooth. The entire process usually takes about an hour.
CEREC Dental Crowns
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and refers to a type of dental crown made with cutting-edge digital modeling technology. The crowns are fabricated from porcelain that is milled and polished to match your exact needs. The process is fast and efficient, regularly allowing our team to complete same-day restorations.
Waxahachie Family Dentistry® utilizes CAD-CAM software to perfectly match the shape and color of your smile. We use CAD/CAM software to improve the design and creation of many dental restoration services such as crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays.
Caring For Your Dental Crown
Now that you’ve completed the process of receiving a dental crown, you should carefully maintain the tooth to extend its lifespan. Thankfully, keeping your dental crown clean and free of harmful bacteria is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Just brush twice and floss once daily, scheduling checkup appointments at Waxahachie Family Dentistry every six months to ensure your crown looks and feels healthy for years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a dental crown last?
A dental crown can last between five to 15 years or more, with factors such as the material used, oral hygiene habits, and maintenance affecting its lifespan. Crowns made from durable materials such as porcelain, ceramics, and zirconia tend to last longer compared to those made from resin or other materials. Good oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups, can help extend the crown’s lifespan.
Will my insurance cover dental crowns?
The coverage for dental crowns depends on your insurance plan. Some insurance plans provide partial coverage for dental crowns, while others may not cover them at all. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to find out what your plan covers and how much you’ll be responsible for paying out of pocket. You can typically find this information in your insurance policy, or by contacting your insurance company and asking about your benefits for dental procedures.
Will getting a dental crown hurt?
During the procedure, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia to reduce any pain or discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage any discomfort following your treatment. In some cases, there may be some temporary sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, pressure, or biting, but this should subside within a few days to a week. Contact your dentist for a follow-up appointment if the discomfort persists or becomes severe.
Can I eat and drink normally with a dental crown?
Yes, you can eat and drink with a dental crown. It’s important to allow time for the dental cement to fully set and for the anesthetic to wear off before eating, which is typically a few hours after the procedure. After that, you can eat and drink normally, but you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could damage the crown or loosen it from the tooth. Regular oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, and dental check-ups can help maintain the health and longevity of the crown.
Find Your Dental Crowns Solution at Waxahachie Family Dentistry
At Waxahachie Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of providing personalized and aesthetically pleasing restorative treatments. One of the most dependable solutions for restoring damaged teeth is through dental crowns.
Our skilled dentist Dr. Clinton uses high-quality porcelain to craft crowns that seamlessly blend in with the surrounding teeth, not only saving the damaged tooth but also enhancing your overall oral health. If you’re interested in learning more about how dental crowns can revitalize your smile, visit our Waxahachie dental office. Call (972) 885-3335 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment with Dr. Clinton.