Dental Crowns Overview
In the case that a tooth is too worn down or damaged and a tooth-colored filling is deemed inefficient, the tooth may be saved with a crown. Sometimes called a "tooth cap," dental crowns are custom made to cover the affected tooth, and they are colored to blend with your natural teeth for an attractive finish. At Signature Dentistry of Rochester in Rochester Hills, MI, a crown can treat a large area of decay, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask discoloration. Board-certified dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe creates dental crowns to meet your specific needs with a choice of materials, including metal, porcelain, and metal covered with porcelain. Make an appointment with Dr. Wolfe to find out how a crown can improve your damaged tooth while simultaneously boosting the total health of your mouth.
Best Candidates for Dental Crowns
Crowns may be wanted or needed in several different situations. They may be put in place to cover a weak, decaying tooth to prevent it from further chipping, or it may hold together a cracked tooth. Dental crowns can also fix a loose or worn-down tooth, or they may be used to strengthen a severely decayed tooth that will not take a tooth-colored filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or mask discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns can be glued over your tooth or connected by an implant. The crown's material is selected with consideration to where it is being placed in the mouth. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or metal crowns are typically stronger, which makes them better suited for the less visible teeth in the back. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are better for the visible teeth and customized to match the shape, color, and size of your teeth. At your consultation, Dr. Wolfe will discuss your choices and help you choose the best dental crown for your needs.
What To Expect with Dental Crowns
At your consultation, Dr. Wolfe will take dental impressions so your crown can be made to perfectly fit your tooth. In some cases, a temporary dental crown will be used to cover your tooth as your permanent crown is being crafted. As soon as your dental crown is made, the treatment area will be given a local numbing anesthetic. More sedation techniques may be used if you are experiencing any dental anxieties. When the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Wolfe will prep your tooth by cleaning away debris and decay, then lightly file the enamel to create space for your dental crown. Your dental crown can be either glued to your tooth or connected to an implant. Once set, Dr. Wolfe can adjust the crown's fit so it is nice and comfortable.
Dental Crowns Recovery
Unless sedation is used, you should be able to leave our office once the procedure is done and return immediately to your regular routine. Dr. Wolfe or a member of his team will inform you of how to care for your crown, including any foods that should be avoided and methods for cleaning. During your annual exams at Signature Dentistry of Rochester, Dr. Wolfe will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it if needed to maintain your level of comfort. He will determine when your crown should be replaced; however, with good care, it may last for several years. If you have any issues with your crown (if it falls out or it is loose), call our office right away. Don't try to repair or reattach it yourself because this could cause an infection to fester, or an ill fit.
Dental Crowns Insurance Coverage
Based on your dental insurance, part of the costs for your dental crown may be paid. Once we talk to your insurance provider, we will be able to better calculate your personal costs. At your consultation, Dr. Wolfe will help you choose the best crown material that suits your needs and budget. He can also discuss payment methods along with financing to help make your procedure affordable.
Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth can be treated with a dental crown at Signature Dentistry of Rochester. Talk to Dr. Wolfe about how a dental crown can shield your tooth from continued harm and help to keep your mouth healthy. Offering different materials for your needs, your custom crown will be matched to blend in with your natural teeth to keep your smile shining beautifully. Contact our team in Rochester Hills, MI to make an appointment with board-certified dentist Dr. Wolfe.