Crowns in Fulshear

What is a Crown?

A crown is a cap placed on a damaged tooth. It is typically used to cover, protect, and restore a patient's tooth, particularly when a filling will not be strong enough to replace the decayed or missing area. The crown can be made of porcelain, ceramic, or metal. Collective Dentistry offers custom-made dental crowns to address decayed, discolored, chipped, or broken teeth. The patient picks his or her desired shade before sending the crown for fabrication to the lab.

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A crown can help restore the strength of a severely damaged or decayed tooth.

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How are Crowns Made?

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Initial consultation

During the initial consultation, you can speak to your dentist regarding any concerns about your smile. You will discuss issues regarding the function and appearance of your teeth. The consultation helps the dentist identify the tooth (or teeth) in question and determine if a crown is needed.

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Tooth Preparation

The dentist numbs your mouth to prepare for the dental crown. Nitrous may be provided if deemed necessary. A drill will then be used to remove the damaged tooth surface and reshape the tooth to craft a stable stage for your new crown.

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Temporary Crown Placement

We take an image of your tooth using a 3D scanner which helps us build a custom dental crown. We may take some additional photos to ensure your crown will perfectly match your natural smile. We then send the digital impression to a lab.

Our assistant creates a temporary crown and temporarily cements it on your tooth. You will wear this for a few days and then return to cement the permanent crown when we receive it from the lab.

Steps of Placing a Crown

Once the permanent crown has been crafted, your dentist in Fulshear, TX will proceed to permanently cement it. The process involves:

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Removal of the temporary crown and cleaning the cement remnants on your tooth

Assessing the appearance and the fit of your new crown

Placement of the dental cement inside the crown and seating the crown over your tooth

Your dentist will then scrape away the excess cement under the crown, floss, and check your bite

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If dental crowns are well maintained, they can last for up to 10 years!

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How do I take care of my dental crowns?

You need to treat your dental crown as you would treat your natural teeth. Ensure you brush at least twice daily and floss once a day. Schedule regular visits at our office every 6 months.

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Do I need a crown?

You can benefit from a crown if you have damaged or decayed teeth. Additionally, a crown may be the treatment of choice if you are experiencing discomfort or pain or have a visibly discolored tooth.

Will my insurance cover my dental crowns?

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Most insurers cover dental crowns placed as part of restorative care. However, cosmetic crowns are not covered. As a courtesy, we will check with your insurer to determine if your policy covers dental crowns.

Will the crowns hurt?

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While prepping your crown, we will numb you to ensure you feel comfortable during the process. When placing the crown, most patients do not require anesthetic unless they are very sensitive to touch, water, etc. When the crown is placed, you may be sensitive to cold for a few weeks - this is normal. If you had a deep cavity, crack, or old filling initially, there is a small risk of your tooth being permanently sensitive; however, the doctor will let you know beforehand. If this is the case, you may need further evaluation and treatment.

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A crown looks and feels just like a natural tooth.

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