Do you have tooth damage, but aren’t sure if a dental crown is right for you?
Owings Mills Dental Care provides dental crowns in Owings Mills, MD to patients with a variety of dental concerns. A dental crown is a versatile restorative dentistry treatment that covers all sides of a tooth. Made of high-quality dental porcelain, dental crowns are custom-designed to look and function like natural teeth. They are primarily used to cap a damaged tooth after a root canal. Your dentist will make sure that your final restoration will blend beautifully with your natural smile.
Our dentists help patients preserve their natural smiles through comprehensive preventive dental care. Owings Mills Dental Care offers dental crowns to help patients restore their smiles to their fullest potential.
Dental crowns are highly durable, help stabilize and maintain the function of your bite, and can last a lifetime. Dental crowns can be used to replace missing teeth, restore a damaged tooth, cover deep tooth stains, and more. We offer long-lasting, and natural cosmetic results.
What Are Dental Crowns Used For?
Dental crowns are versatile and play a crucial role in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Our dental practice uses them to restore oral health and create an aesthetically pleasing smile. This versatile restoration is stronger than porcelain veneers and tooth bonding.
A dental crown will protect, strengthen and improve the appearance of a tooth. You can also choose to use one to change the color, shape or length of a tooth. Your Owings Mills dentist may suggest a tooth crown any of the following reasons.
- Cap a tooth after root canal therapy
- Secure a dental bridge
- Replace a missing tooth with a dental implant
- Strengthen and repair a damaged, chipped or cracked tooth
- Support a large filling when there is little tooth structure left
- Cover stained or discolored tooth
- Correct misshapen or crooked teeth
- Close the gaps between teeth
The Dental Crown Process
A dental crown procedure will require 2-3 visits to our Owings Mills dentist office. Treatment may vary depending on the procedure the patient requires. We will conduct a thorough dental exam to diagnose your condition, the root cause of your tooth pain, and more.
Only after your dentist has examined your mouth can she recommend the appropriate treatments. If dental implants are required, your dentist will coordinate with Dr. Roham Rafat for the surgical phase of treatment.
Dental crowns are custom designed and fabricated for personalized results. Your dentist will consider the shape, size, and color of your adjacent teeth to create a prosthetic crown that will fit naturally with the aesthetic of your smile.
Dental molds will be taken and used to design a dental crown that will fit comfortably and securely. The molds are sent to a dental lab for the fabrication phase of the dental crown. Once the crown is complete, the patient will return to our Owings Mills dentist office to have their crown permanently secured.
Dental crowns are highly durable and allow patients to enjoy a varied diet without restriction. Dental crowns can last for many years with proper oral hygiene and routine dental health exams.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our dental crown frequently asked questions section is meant to address common questions about the procedure. We hope these answer any questions you may have about the treatment, aftercare, or their role in dentistry. If you have further questions, please contact us.
Will I need to replace my dental crown?
Not likely. Dental crowns can last a very long time with proper dental care. In the case of damage, we can replace the crown in as little as two visits. It is rare that you will need to replace a crown because of its age.
How long will a dental crown last?
With good oral hygiene and regular dental health exams, a dental crown could last for many years. Dental crowns are made of a highly durable material that mimics that of a natural tooth. If a dental crown is damaged or broken, it can be easily replaced.
Will the dental crown look like a fake tooth?
Dental crowns are made from dental-grade porcelain that reflects light like natural teeth. The crown is custom-designed to blend into your natural smile. Most patients report that no one can tell the difference between their natural teeth and dental crown.
Will my dental insurance cover a dental crown?
It is rare for a dental crown NOT to be covered by insurance when used in restorative procedures (to repair tooth damage). Contrarily, crowns may not be covered by dental insurance if they’re requested strictly for cosmetic reasons. Contact your dental insurance provider for specific coverage details. We also provide dental financing options.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
During the dental crown procedure, we will use local anesthesia to numb the area. The numbing agent will ensure that you will feel minimal to no pain during the treatment. However, most patients will experience sensitivity or discomfort after it wears off. You can manage this with over-the-counter pain medications if you need to. It usually subsides within a few days.
Can I eat a normal diet with a dental crown?
Yes, after the initial settling period, you can generally eat a normal diet with a dental crown. A tooth crown is designed to function like a natural tooth. It will be able to withstand regular chewing forces. However, we still advise that you avoid excessively hard or sticky foods that can damage the dental crown.
Can I get a cavity under a dental crown?
Yes, it is possible to get a cavity underneath a dental crown. Although the crown itself cannot decay, the tooth structure underneath can still develop cavities. This is why you must continue with a proper oral hygiene routine and regular check-ups once you get a dental crown.
Can I get a dental crown if I grind my teeth?
Yes, you can still get a dental crown if you grind your teeth. However, we advise that you address the teeth grinding issue because it can put extra stress on the crown and cause damage. We will suggest using a nightguard or other treatments to protect the dental crown and your natural teeth when the grinding occurs.
Owings Mills Dental Care can provide you with a dental crown in Owings Mills, MD if suffer from a weak, damaged, or decayed tooth. You can reach us by calling 410-782-3021 or by requesting an appointment online.