Porcelain Crowns in Fort Worth, TX
Dr. Kelly Blair restores damaged teeth with the most appropriate techniques and materials. If you have a deep cavity, old filling, or serious crack in a tooth, you will probably need a dental crown. These solid restorations are milled in a dental lab and provide more strength and stability than a dental filling.
Crowns are beneficial because they block off and seal the inner portion of the tooth, which prevents harmful bacteria from infiltrating and causing pain. Additionally, crowns restore the image of your unbroken tooth, so you can relax in knowing that nobody will be the wiser about your treated smile!
Depending on the location of your damaged tooth, your Dr. Blair will recommend an all-metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all-porcelain crown. For teeth that show in a smile, she prefers to use porcelain crowns. This highly esthetic material blends seamlessly with surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. Back teeth endure intense, crushing pressure, however, so sometimes an all-metal crown is the best choice.
Porcelain crowns require two visits to our practice to be designed and placed. At your first appointment, Dr. Blair will prepare your damaged tooth and take an impression for the ceramist at our dental lab. You’ll wear a temporary dental crown while your custom, permanent restoration is being created.
At your second visit, we will remove your temporary crown and permanently secure the final metal or porcelain crown to your tooth. She’ll assess the fit with your bite and make adjustments if necessary.
Should your temporary crown fall out or if the temporary dental crown breaks, you’ll need to come in to see us as soon as the office is open. Do not go without a temporary crown!
Dental Crown FAQs
Do you want to know more about dental crowns before taking the next steps? Then keep on reading! Our expert staff has collected some of the most common questions about dental crowns and answered them below. We hope you find this information helpful!
If you have additional concerns not addressed here or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blair, do not hesitate to give our office call.
How Long Will My Dental Crowns Last?
With proper care, dental crowns typically last for 5 to 15 years. If you want to extend the life of your crowns for as long as possible, be sure to follow these steps:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes each time
- When brushing, pay special attention to the crown area where the gum meets the tooth
- Floss daily and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash
- Wear a protective mouthguard when playing contact sports or if you grind your teeth at night
- Visit our office every six months for a routine checkup
How Can I Care for My Temporary Crown?
It’s very important that you take good care of your temporary crown while you wait for your permanent restoration to be crafted by the dental laboratory. Here are a few precautionary tips to protect your temporary crowns:
- Chew on the opposite side of your mouth from where your crown is located
- Avoid chewing sticky foods like gum, taffy, or caramel, as these can accidentally pull off the temporary crown
- Avoid chewing hard foods like raw carrots, nuts, or hard candies that could accidentally break the crown
- When flossing around the crowned tooth, slide floss out rather than lift up
What Should I Do if My Crown Falls Out?
Although it is not very common for dental crowns to fall out, it can happen. If your crown becomes dislodged, gently clean the affected tooth with sensitive toothpaste. Next, clean the inside and outside of the crown and try reattaching it using dental adhesive. Even if you can reattach the crown, you should still give our office a call. We will schedule an emergency appointment for you as soon as possible so Dr. Blair can evaluate the situation. If possible, she will cement the original crown back into place. If the crown has been significantly damaged, a new crown will probably need to be made.
How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost?
The cost of dental crowns can vary depending on several factors, such as:
- The number of crowns needed
- The materials used to craft the crowns
- The individual’s dental insurance coverage
If you are concerned about costs, don’t forget to consider the high cost of delaying dental treatment.
Protecting a damaged or weakened tooth with a dental crown now will almost certainly save you money in the long run. Without a crown, tooth decay or damage can worsen over time. As a result, you may end up needing more extensive – and expensive – treatment in the future.
Will My Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?
Most dental insurance plans cover at least 50% of the cost of dental crowns. However, every insurance plan is slightly different. Be sure to confirm your coverage with your insurance provider before starting a dental crown procedure.
Need help understanding the details of your plan? Don’t hesitate to ask our knowledgeable team for assistance! We are always happy to help our patients understand their insurance coverage and maximize their benefits.