When one tooth is worn down or damaged, it may be saved with a crown. Sometimes called a "cap," dental crowns are custom made to cover the affected tooth and are colored to blend with your natural teeth for an attractive finish. At Radiant Dental Care in Haslet, TX, a crown can treat a large area of decay, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask discoloration. Our dentist, Dr. William Shattuck, creates dental crowns with a wide choice of materials to meet your specific needs, including eMax, all porcelain, zirconia, and zirconia covered with porcelain. Make an appointment with Dr. Shattuck to find out how a crown may repair or strengthen a damaged tooth while also boosting the total health of your mouth.
Crowns may be wanted or required for several different reasons. A crown may be placed to cover a weak, decaying tooth to prevent it from chipping, or it may hold together a cracked tooth. Dental crowns may also fix a loose or worn-down tooth. They may be used to strengthen a tooth with a lot of decay that will not take a tooth-colored filling, mask discolored or misshapen teeth, or serve as part of a dental bridge. Crowns may be glued over your tooth or connected by an implant. The crown's material is selected with consideration to where it is being placed. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or metal are typically stronger, which makes them better suited for the less visible teeth in the back. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are better for the visible teeth and are customized to match the size, color, and shape of your teeth. At your consult, Dr. Shattuck will discuss your choices and help you choose the best dental crown for your needs.
What To Expect
In your consult, Dr. Shattuck will create dental impressions so your crown can be made to fit your tooth. In some cases, a temporary dental crown may be used to cover your tooth as your permanent crown is being crafted. As soon as your dental crown is made, the treatment area will be given a local numbing anesthetic. More sedation techniques may be used if you have dental anxieties or fears. When the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Shattuck will prep your tooth by cleaning away debris and decay and then lightly filing the enamel to create space for your dental crown. Your dental crown can be either glued to your tooth or connected to an implant. Once it is set, Dr. Shattuck can adjust the crown's fit so it is comfortable.
You will be able to leave our office once the procedure is done and get back to your day. Dr. Shattuck or a member of his team will discuss how to care for your crown, including any foods that should be avoided and cleaning instructions. During your annual exams at Radiant Dental Care, Dr. Shattuck will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it to keep it comfortable. He will determine when your crown should be replaced; however, with good care, it may last for several years. If you have any issues with your crown (if it falls out or is loose), call our office right away. Don't try to repair it or re-attach it, because this may cause an infection or bad fit.
Depending on your dental insurance, part of your costs may be paid. Once we talk to your insurance provider, we will be able to better calculate your personal costs. We will also discuss our many payment options along with third-party financing via CareCredit to help make your procedure affordable. At your consult, Dr. Shattuck will help you choose the best crown material that suits your needs and budget.
Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth may be treated with a dental crown at Radiant Dental Care. Talk to Dr. Shattuck about how a dental crown can shield your tooth from continued harm and help to keep your mouth healthy. Available in different materials to suit your needs, a custom crown can blend with your teeth to keep your smile beautiful. Contact our team in Haslet, TX to make an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Shattuck.