A dental crown, or cap, is an overlay that covers the visible part of a tooth. Its purpose is to protect the tooth and any filling that your dentist places in the tooth. Crowns are typically made of porcelain but can also be gold, platinum, or silver, and the coloring of the crown depends on the material used.
When your dentist places a crown, they cement it onto a natural tooth or a dental implant. The life of a crown varies from patient to patient, but with proper diet and good oral hygiene, crowns can last 8 to 12 years, sometimes even longer. Dr. Elise Brace provides dental crowns as a restorative dental treatment to patients in her Cary, NC dental office.
Types of Dental Crowns
- Solid Zirconia Crowns
- Ceramic Crowns
- Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal/Zirconia Crowns
- Gold Crowns
- Conservative Onlays and Inlays
At Kildaire Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we want you to feel confident and satisfied with your smile. We believe that sometimes damaged or infected teeth need to be repaired in a way that gives you the same confidence as having beautiful natural teeth would. Our mission is to give you a healthy and gorgeous smile that makes you happy and self-assured.
Dental Crown Benefits
There are multiple benefits that dental crowns provide to our patients:
- Dental crowns are an excellent solution for an existing tooth that has too much damage for a filling.
- For teeth that are very weak, a crown will strengthen the structure and provide essential protection.
- Crowns are customized and have an easy recovery period.
- Crowns are a cost-effective solution that lasts, on average, between 5 and 15 years.
Dr. Elise Brace’s Dental Crown Services
Restore your smile with a custom tooth crown that looks and acts just like a natural tooth. Kildaire Family and Cosmetic Dentistry believe that not only is it important that your teeth are healthy and preserved, but equally important is how you feel about the way your smile looks.
With modern dental technology, we can create a crown in a simple office visit that requires minimal recovery time and will completely transform your damaged or broken teeth.
Dental Crown FAQs
How long will my dental crown last?
Tooth crowns usually last ten to fifteen years. However, with the proper dental care and a great oral hygiene routine, they can last even longer.
Can I whiten my tooth crown?
You can not whiten a tooth crown using traditional teeth whitening methods. However, you can take steps to prevent stains and reduce the effect of discolored teeth by reducing your coffee and soda consumption and using smokeless tobacco if you are a smoker.
Do I always need a dental crown after a root canal?
Yes, following root canal treatment, your dentist should reinforce the tooth with a dental crown. Without structural reinforcement, your tooth becomes very susceptible to further decay, fractures, and tooth damage.
Does dental insurance cover a dental crown?
Dental insurance often does cover a portion of the cost of dental crowns, especially when the procedure is medically necessary. Crowns are medically necessary when a patient needs them due to decay, fracture, or other dental issues. However, coverage can vary depending on the chosen type of crown and the terms of the specific insurance plan. You. should review your dental insurance policy or speak with your provider. They will inform you and help you to understand the extent of coverage for dental crowns in your situation.
Contact Our Cary, North Carolina Office
Do you want to treat damaged or discolored teeth? Call Kildaire Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 919.823.7107 or request a consultation with Dr. Brace online for dental crown treatment today.