About Dental Crowns
To heal and protect broken teeth, deep discoloration, significant decay, and other problems, dental crowns cover the entire tooth. At DentalWorks - Lakeside in Sterling Heights, MI, crowns (sometimes called caps) are strong, durable covers that fit snugly on top of the the tooth above the gumline in cases where a cavity is too large to be filled with a tooth-colored filling or if the tooth is broken and needs a shield. Crowns may also be used to mask a discolored tooth as well as to add to the stability to a bridge. Crowns by our dentists at DentalWorks - Lakeside may be ceramic, metal, or porcelain, depending on the placement of the crown. The molar and premolar teeth usually benefit from the extra durability of metal, while the visible teeth look better with ceramic or porcelain crowns that are colored to match the patient's natural teeth.
What to Expect
To create a custom crown, our dentists initially prepare the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel, then taking dental X-rays and impressions of the tooth that will be sent to the dental laboratory. A temporary cap can be placed on the tooth while the customized crown is being crafted. When the customized crown is returned to DentalWorks - Lakeside in Sterling Heights, MI, our dentists will expertly bond and fit the crown on the tooth. Our dentists may adjust the cap for the best fit.
Some patients may experience temporary discomfort or tooth sensitivity, but the majority of patients do not have any pain after a cap is set. With proper at-home care and regular dental examinations and cleanings, a crown may last for 10 - 40 years, based on the material and position of the cap. In some cases, a cavity or bacterial infection may build under the crown, which may require a root canal or other procedure.
When the crown is considered a necessary procedure, dental insurance policies generally pay part of the cost, so our office staff at DentalWorks - Lakeside in Sterling Heights, MI will check with the patient’s insurance to determine their coverage and the patient's out-of-pocket expenses. Estimated costs, payment methods, and financing options are accepted through our office in Sterling Heights, MI and can be discussed at the patient's consultation with our dentists.
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Strengthen and Protect
A dental cap can be placed to protect a cracked or decayed tooth, as well as hide a cosmetic flaw. To fix the look or strength of a tooth, talk to our dentists at DentalWorks - Lakeside in Sterling Heights, MI and find out if a dental crown is a good solution for your needs and concerns.