Dental Crowns – FAQ

Frequently Asked Dental Crown Questions & Answers

If you need a dental crown in Allen, Fairview, or McKinney, TX, you may have some questions about dental crowns. You might wonder if they’re right for you or how much they cost. We’ve put together this FAQ list with the most common questions asked by patients when they’re getting a dental crown from Dr. Feng. Continue below to learn more about this type of restorative treatment and how it can improve your life.

Frequently asked questions

What Is a Dental Crown? When Would One Be Needed?

If a tooth is damaged or has dental decay, a dental crown can protect the original tooth by protecting the top portion of your tooth. A crown snugly covers the visible part of your tooth at and above the gum line.

Why is a dental crown needed?

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking and to improve your oral health
  • Cosmetic improvement
  • To restore a severely worn or broken tooth
  • Restore the shape of a tooth
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • Fix severely discolored teeth
  • Replace old dental fillings
  • To complete a dental implant restoration, a dental crown is required to give the look as well as the function of a natural tooth.
  • If tooth decay has damaged more than half of the tooth’s original structure, a normal filling may not work and may require a crown to restore the tooth.

What is the average price of a dental crown

Prices for dental crowns vary by location and the materials used to make them. The average price of a dental crown in the Allen, Fairview, & McKinney area is between $500 – $3000. In order to get an accurate price, you will need to visit your general dentist for an accurate treatment plan.

What is the best material to use for dental crowns

There are a variety of materials you can pick from for your dental crown. They can be made from either gold, stainless steel, porcelain, or zirconia. The most common type of crown is the porcelain crown. That said, the type of dental restoration that is best for one person may not be so for another. It is best to speak with your dentist first to see which type of material will be best for you.

does it hurt to get a dental crown

Getting a dental crown can have a little discomfort, but it’s not painful. Before the procedure, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic, clean the tooth, and then make a mold of your tooth to create the crown. You might feel pressure while the mold is being made, but that’s all! You’ll get a temporary crown immediately after the mold is taken so that you’re comfortable until your custom-fitted permanent crown is ready. When the permanent crown is ready, it will be cemented into place in one appointment.

Will my dental insurance plan cover dental crowns?

If your dental insurance covers dental crowns and the treatment is not used for cosmetic purposes, a typical policy will cover up to 50% of the treatment. This means that if you meet your deductible, you will be responsible for the remaining cost of the procedure. When you visit your dentist for a consultation about dental crowns, your dentist will be able to let you know what your plan covers and what the expected cost is.

Can your teeth rot under a crown?

While the crown itself cannot get a cavity, it doesn’t mean that the tooth structure beneath the crown is not susceptible to bacteria or cavities. To prevent this, it’s still important to maintain good oral hygiene and to schedule regular visits with your dentist to reduce your risk of tooth decay.

Does a crown require a root canal?

Depending on the treatment recommended, a dental crown can repair numerous dental concerns without the need for root canal therapy. However, if you undergo a root canal treatment, it is possible that you may need a dental crown if there is any significant damage to the tooth’s structure.

What happens if you wait too long to get a crown?

If you wait too long to get a crown, there could be further damage to your tooth, your tooth could crack, or you might need a root canal to save the tooth. In severe situations, your tooth can split, resulting in the tooth not being able to be saved, and you will need a tooth extraction.

Is it better to pull a tooth or get a crown?

Even if it is more affordable to extract a tooth than to repair it with a crown, tooth extraction is usually a last resort when it comes to treatment. A root canal or crown is often preferable to extraction because you should always want to try to keep your natural teeth if possible.

Are there any types of foods I should avoid?

Try to avoid sticky, chewy foods (such as gum and caramel, for example), because they might stick to your crowns and pull them out –  especially if you have a temporary crown. To help prevent the crown from being broken or dislodged, avoid chewing hard foods such as raw vegetables.

Does a crowned tooth require special care?

Crowns do not require any special care after they have been placed on top of the damaged tooth. With proper care, dental crowns can last  10 years or longer. But remember that crowns do not guard the underlying tooth against decay or gum disease. A tooth that has a crown on it requires the same care as any other tooth, so it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing each day.

We’re Here for you

If you have questions about a dental crown procedure, restorative dentistry, common dental crown myths, or want to know how we can help restore your natural smile, contact us at our Fairview, TX dental office to schedule an in-person consultation with us today – 972-468-1440

Our dental office is located in Fairview, Texas, and our patients visit us from across the surrounding areas, including Allen, Plano, McKinney, and Lucas.

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