Dental Crowns – Richardson, TX

Durable & Lifelike Restoration for a Compromised Tooth

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Dental crowns are smile restorations that breathe life, beauty, and function back into your smile. Made of natural-looking, tooth-colored materials, crowns are custom-created to blend naturally with surrounding teeth while rebuilding single teeth after they’ve been decayed or damaged. Dr. Stampe and Dr. Gater can determine if a crown is right for you after an initial consultation. She and our friendly team are proud to offer high-quality crown procedures, along with exceptional patient care. Keep reading to learn more or reach out to our office to schedule your appointment!

Why Choose Cityline Dental Center for Dental Crowns?

  • Completely Customized Dental Restorations
  • Natural-Looking & Long-Lasting Results
  • Dedicated, Experienced, & Friendly Dental Team
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What Is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are full-coverage restorations that restore the bite and cosmetic appearance to teeth after damage, decay, or trauma. Crowns are created to rise naturally from the gum line. They are made of strong and custom-shaded materials to match your unique smile, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, zirconia, and Emax. In most cases, dental crowns are reserved for people who are experiencing the following situations:

  • Decay that must be renewed with a large filling
  • Damaged or broken tooth that needs support
  • A tooth that’s been treated with root canal therapy
  • A severely discolored or misshapen tooth
  • A missing tooth that’s being rebuilt with a dental implant

The Dental Crown Process

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The procedure for dental crowns is relatively simple and can be finished in a couple of appointments. Firstly, our team will evaluate your oral health and determine if this restoration is the ideal solution for repairing your tooth. After we’ve confirmed that it is, we’ll remove a small layer of enamel to make room for your dental crown to fit. Of course, we’ll first numb your mouth with a local anesthetic to ensure you’re pain-free during your visit. Impressions will be taken and sent to a dental lab for fabrication.

While you wait, you’ll have to wear a temporary crown to protect the underlying and vulnerable natural tooth. This will also serve as a trial run for your final restorations, as we can request any necessary changes to make sure your permanent dental crown is well-fitted and matched precisely to fit your smile. Once it has been constructed, you’ll return to our office to have your final dental crown placed and cemented to your tooth.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

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Dental crowns come with a multitude of advantages for your smile. Some of the most common benefits of these restorations include:

  • Tooth-colored and natural-looking results
  • Completely personalized tooth replacement
  • Comfortable and durable dental materials used
  • Enhanced chewing and biting ability
  • Boosts your self-esteem
  • Can last 10 years or more with proper care

Understanding the Cost of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are able to protect damaged and structurally compromised teeth for many years down the road. However, lots of patients find themselves concerned about the cost of their upcoming restorative treatment. We won’t be able to tell you exactly how much you can expect your dental crown to be until we can examine your smile. In the meantime, here are some things for you to keep in mind.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dental Crowns

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There are a few factors that will determine the cost of your new dental crown. Here are the main ones that are considered:

  • Severity of Damage: If your tooth has been severely damaged, you may need other treatments in addition to your dental crown. For instance, if your tooth is infected, you may need to get a root canal before you are able to have a dental crown placed overtop your tooth.
  • Materials Use: Dental crowns can be crafted from a variety of different materials. At CityLine Dental Center, we use a range of tooth-colored materials, including porcelain, porcelain fused-to-metal, zirconia, and Emax.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?

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Dental crowns are usually considered by dental insurance providers to be a “major” restorative procedure. This means that they often receive 50% coverage. However, every plan is different, so it is best to check with your provider ahead of time so that you don’t run into any surprises. At CityLine Dental Center, Dr. Stampe is pleased to welcome most major PPO dental insurance plans. We are more than happy to process and file insurance claims on your behalf.

Options for Making Dental Crowns Affordable

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If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t mean that you will be left completely on your own. We are more than happy to accept payments through CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little to no interest. To learn more about your financing options, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our friendly team members

Dental Crowns FAQs

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Dental crowns in Richardson are a trusted solution to repair damaged teeth. However, a crown is a big commitment. It’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to move forward. Your dentist at Cityline Dental Center will explain everything during your initial consultation. In the meantime, you can contact our office or take a look at the most frequently asked questions below.

Are Dental Crowns Permanent?

A dental crown isn’t permanent because it will need to be replaced eventually. Although your restoration won’t last forever, it’s not reversible, either. Your dentist must reshape your tooth to allow the customized cap to fit over it. If your crown is removed, your tooth won’t grow back. It will be vulnerable to decay, bacteria, and additional damage if it isn’t always covered.

Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

Your dentist in Richardson will keep your comfort as their top priority, so you won’t feel anything during your procedure. They’ll administer a local numbing agent to block any pain; however, you may feel some pressure or unusual sensations. After the effects of any numbing medications wear off, your mouth might be tender for a few days. You can manage it with an over-the-counter pain reliever and a cold compress. Eat soft foods until your discomfort improves.

Can Dental Crowns Get Cavities?

Your dental crown can’t get a cavity, but your underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay. Bacteria can gain access to your tooth from small cracks that form in the dental cement over time. Poor oral hygiene increases the risk because plaque and tartar will accumulate. You can keep tooth decay at bay by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once a day. Pay careful attention when cleaning where your crown meets the gum line. Limit your consumption of sugars and starches. Don’t forget to schedule a cleaning and checkup every 6 months.

Can You Use Teeth Whitening on Dental Crowns?

Modern dental crowns are made of all-ceramic materials, which are stain-resistant, so your restoration shouldn’t discolor. Your natural teeth can change color over time, causing your crown to stick out. Your dentist will recommend skipping whitening products because they won’t have any effect on your dental crown. It will cause your teeth to get lighter while your crown remains unchanged. They can also weaken the bonding material holding your crown in place, which can shorten its lifespan. If you have concerns about tooth discoloration, your cosmetic dentist can create the personalized plan you need to revitalize your smile.