Dental crowns are one of the most common treatments for fixing restorative and cosmetic concerns. Customizable and tough, dental crowns will support the balance and longevity of your smile for seamless tooth repair results. Your cosmetic dentist in Tulsa, Dr. Frank Henrich, provides all types of dental crowns in our comprehensive dental office.
Our dentist can use crowns to address these key dental concerns:
- Complete a dental implant
- Restore a cracked, damaged, or chipped tooth
- Repair a tooth after a root canal
- For cosmetic enhancements
- Poor tooth aesthetics (i.e., stained, discolored, unevenly spaced teeth)
- Gaps between teeth that are difficult to close with a filling
- To replace a dental filling
Are Porcelain Dental Crowns Right for You?
Dental patients today are looking for the most natural-looking results. However, not every dentist is as equipped as Dr. Henrich to be able to provide the best restorations possible. For example, other dentists will recommend porcelain dental crowns to achieve the most natural look and long term durability. However, their office might not provide this type of material or can’t follow through with the best results.
Fortunately, Henrich Dental provides beautiful porcelain dental crowns using the most modern tools and software. Our porcelain crowns are stain-resistant and will blend beautifully with your smile. Every restoration we provide will match the color of your teeth to create a flawless result. Porcelain is a ceramic compound that is both strong and looks like your real enamel.
When Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Covering A Misshapen or Discolored Tooth
If you have a misshapen tooth, you might be wasting too much of your time trying to hide it. It may also give you problems eating or speaking. A dental crown goes over the entire tooth, giving you back full functionality. Our crowns are custom, so they blend in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Normally, a patient will seek professional teeth whitening to take care of tooth stains. But traditional teeth whitening will not take care of all staining. Dental crowns can help mask staining because of genetics and medication, or a “dead” tooth. Since we custom-create our crowns, we can match their color to the shade of white you’re looking for.
Stabilizing a Tooth
One of the most common uses for dental crowns is to stabilize teeth after root canals. During a root canal procedure, we remove infected dental pulp from inside the tooth. We then fill the hollow area with a biocompatible compound, but it won’t leave the tooth at 100%. A dental crown gives you back full functionality and helps to seal the tooth off from any further infection.
Taking Care of a Broken or Cracked Tooth
A broken tooth can be a cosmetic issue or require emergency dentistry services. When you break a large piece of your tooth off, it exposes the nerves. The broken tooth will cause pain when things come into contact with that area. A crown replaces the part of the tooth that broke off and allows you to use it without feeling pain.
A cracked tooth almost always exposes the dental pulp in some way, making it vulnerable to infection. Cracking can also cause your tooth to splinter into multiple pieces. A dental crown seals the tooth off from infection and can hold the cracked portions of your tooth together. We always prefer conservative treatment methods and try to save the damaged tooth before extracting it.
The Final Restoration for Dental Implants
Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement. Particularly when the final restoration is a dental crown. They both look and feel the most natural of the tooth replacement options.
An implant-supported crown looks more natural than having a restoration that strings multiple teeth together.
The Dental Crown Process
The process for placing a dental crown is mostly quick and will require a couple of visits to the dental office to complete.
To create a natural looking dental crown, our dentist will work with you to find the ideal material and shade. Our dental crowns will blend in with your current smile as well as strengthen your teeth. Once you and our dentist agree on the shade, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth for the creation of your new crown.
During this time, Dr. Henrich may place a temporary crown for added comfort. Once your final crown is ready, Dr. Henrich will remove the temporary crown and place your final permanent crown. He will also make any adjustments to make sure that it restores proper function and strength without sacrificing comfort.
We will remain with you to make sure that you feel completely at ease during every step of the procedure. We will numb the area with a local anesthetic to prevent any pain during the procedure. Most patients experience no pain. Visit Henrich Dental in Tulsa, OK, to learn more about our crowns and see if they are right for you.
Dental Crown FAQs
Will insurance cover the cost of dental crowns?
In most cases, your dental benefits may partially cover the cost of a dental crown. We can help you get an estimate from your provider and find out your coverage and portion of the cost.
How long do dental crowns last?
A dental crown can last 10 or more years with good oral health care and hygiene. However, a crown will only last as long if you practice good oral hygiene. Other factors can also impact the lifespan of your dental crown. Factors such as the location of the crown, materials used, and the type of crown you received.
Can a dentist place crowns on larger teeth or molars?
Dr. Henrich will make a recommendation for the most suitable restoration for a molar or larger tooth. A dental crown will be best in some cases, but an inlay or onlay may be the most effective option in other cases.
Is it painful to have a dental crown put on your tooth?
When placing dental crowns, Dr. Henrich will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. You will not feel pain during the procedure. You may feel tooth sensitivity following the procedure, but this will fade over time.
What are dental crowns made of?
Dental crowns can consist of metals or porcelain. Temporary crowns are often stainless steel. Metal crowns require removing less tooth structure and porcelain crowns look more like natural teeth.
Visit Henrich Dental to explore your dental crown treatment options. We also offer personalized cosmetic solutions to enhance your natural smile, such as porcelain veneers, Botox® Cosmetic, and more. Our team is here to help you achieve a more functional and beautiful smile, so schedule an appointment today.