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Dental Crowns – Crystal River, FL

Repair Damaged Teeth Without Making Them Stand Out

Having a damaged tooth can be uncomfortable and result in additional oral health problems down the road if the issue is left unaddressed. Dr. Lisa Schnell offers customized dental crowns in Crystal River that allow you to comfortably smile, laugh, and eat without experiencing dental sensitivity, toothaches, or be self-conscious about the appearance of your repaired tooth. Using high-quality and natural-looking dental materials, your dental crown can continue protecting your teeth for years to come, preserving your natural tooth and getting your oral health back on track. If you’d like to learn how restoring your tooth can help you, contact our office to schedule a consultation today!

model of dental crowns in Crystal River

Why Choose Signature Dental Care of Crystal River, PA For Dental Crowns? 

  • Natural-Looking Dental Crowns
  • Experienced Restorative Dentist
  • No Wait Time

What Are Dental Crowns?

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Dental crowns are cap-shaped restorations that are custom-made to fit over the visible portion of damaged teeth to protect them and restore their natural function. They can be made from a variety of materials, but most patients prefer them crafted from natural-looking substances such as porcelain and ceramic. Not only are these materials strong, but they’re also able to mimic the look of natural tooth enamel by reflecting light. This allows them to flawlessly incorporate with the rest of your smile without drawing attention to your damaged tooth.

Crowns are permanently secured to your prepared natural tooth to protect it from bacteria and further harm. They’re able to prevent the formation of tooth infections, dental sensitivity, and other oral health problems that can result in the need for a tooth extraction.

Needs For Dental Crowns

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Many patients aren’t aware of how versatile dental crowns are. They can treat a wide array of problems, including some of the following:

  • Severe Dental Decay: If a dental filling is too large to securely restore a decayed tooth, a crown can be placed over it to protect the inner chamber from infection.
  • Trauma: Teeth that are severely broken can be strengthened and protected with dental crowns.
  • Root Canal Therapy: After a root canal procedure, the treated tooth can be protected from further damage with a crown.
  • Fixed Bridges: Dental crowns can be placed on either side of artificial teeth to fill a gap caused by one or more missing teeth.

After your dentist in Crystal River, Dr. Lisa Schnell, examines your mouth, he’ll diagnose the problem and let you know whether a dental crown is the best possible solution for you.

The Dental Crown Procedure

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The process of getting a dental crown typically takes place over two appointments with Dr. Lisa Schnell and can be broken down into the following stages:

  1. Preparation of the damaged tooth by removing a small portion of the outer-layer of it to accommodate the thickness of the crown.
  2. Acquiring impressions of the tooth to craft a model of your permanent crown from.
  3. Placing a temporary crown on the prepared tooth while the permanent one is being made.
  4. Cementing and polishing the permanent crown.

Making Dental Crowns Last

Taking care of your dental crown is relatively easy. As soon as your procedure is over, our team will let you know whether there’s any special maintenance instructions that you’ll need to follow. Although your crown itself can’t get a cavity, it’s still important to take care of it because your natural tooth underneath can become vulnerable if it isn’t. Here are some tips to extend the lifespan of your restoration:

  • Keep up with your dental hygiene routine.
  • Avoid chewy, sticky, and hard foods that could damage your crown.
  • Visit Dr. Lisa Schnell for semi-annual checkups and cleanings.
  • Maintain a nutritious diet.
  • Quit bad oral habits such as smoking.

If you have any questions or concerns after getting your dental crown, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Our team will be glad to address them for you!

Dental Crown FAQs

Frequently asked questions about dental crowns

Dental crowns in Crystal River have been used for generations to repair damaged teeth. However, while a crown can improve your smile, it is a big commitment. Don’t worry, we will explain everything during your consultation. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.

Are dental crowns permanent?

A dental crown is designed to be a long-term solution. Unfortunately, crowns need to be replaced, eventually. They can last for 5 to 15 years with the right care. Various factors affect the lifespan of the restoration, like how well you care for it. Brushing, flossing, and a daily mouthwash can keep your underlying tooth healthy to protect your investment. Your dentist in Crystal River will advise against eating hard or sticky foods often. It’s also important to have a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. Your crown can serve you for a decade or longer with the right habits at home and regular care from your dentist.

Do dental crowns feel natural?

Your mouth will be tender for a few days after receiving your permanent crown, but in no time at all, you may forget it isn’t part of your natural smile. Your dentist will use digital imaging technology to get precise measurements for your restoration. The dental lab will create it from porcelain to meet your exact specifications. Your crown will feel completely natural when running your tongue across your teeth or eating. It will look just like your real teeth to blend in seamlessly with your smile.

Are dental crowns covered by insurance?

Every situation differs, but most dental insurances can be used to offset the cost of a crown. Although it’s unlikely they will cover the entire amount, your plan can pay up to 50% of the cost when needed for restorative reasons, such as to fix a broken tooth. If the restoration is only needed for elective purposes, you may not be able to use your dental insurance. If applicable, we will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to handle all the paperwork, so you have one less thing on your plate. A member of our team will explain how your coverage is being used and if there’s any remaining balance. If there are any out-of-pocket costs, we will review all your payment options, like third-party financing.

Can dental crowns get cavities?

Porcelain isn’t vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria, but that doesn’t mean you can stop brushing and flossing. Your underlying tooth can still suffer from decay. Poor oral hygiene habits are the leading cause of new decay under the restoration. Bacteria can travel from plaque and tartar near the gum line. In some situations, the bonding material can weaken, allowing bacteria to seep underneath. Gum recession can also increase the risk of decay. You can safeguard your smile from cavities with a solid oral hygiene routine at home and routine preventive appointments. It’s also best to limit your alcohol consumption, which can weaken the bonding material over time.