Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative procedures performed in our Charlotte dental practice. Serving both cosmetic and restorative purposes, dental crowns can help patients stabilize their bite and enjoy long term dental health. Dr. Durning Moore places dental crowns and high-quality porcelain crowns for a variety of reasons:
Stabilize a tooth after a root canal
Address significant decay or tooth damage
As part of a dental implant or implant supported bridge
To change the color or appearance of a tooth
A dental crown is customized to the color and shape you need to complement your smile and restore the integrity of a natural tooth. A relatively simple process, the placement of a crown is completed in our Charlotte dental office over the span of a couple of visits.
Inlays and Onlays in Charlotte, NC
A partial crown is often the best solution when there is decay or damage in a larger tooth with multiple cusps. Inlays and onlays are the two types of partial crowns used to restore the integrity of a tooth using a range of materials, including porcelain. Prepared in much the same way as a crown, an inlay or onlay will require two visits to complete.
Dental Crowns What to Expect
The placement of a dental crown will require a couple of visits to complete. Once a crown has been recommended and decided upon as the most suitable course of action, Dr. Moore will schedule a visit to prepare the tooth and take dental impressions. This involves removing any decayed or damaged tooth structure and creating a surface that will support the new crown. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area while the tooth is being prepared. A temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth and restore normal function.
Once the new crown is complete, Dr. Moore will permanently secure it to the tooth using special dental cement. He will make any adjustments needed for a secure fit and comfortable bite and polish the surface for a smooth texture.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?
The dental crown procedure is no more painful than getting a dental filling placed. Your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic solution. You should not feel pain during treatment. After the procedure, you may feel temporary tooth sensitivity as your restored tooth gets used to the new crown.
What are dental crowns made of?
A dental crown can be made from a variety of materials, from ceramic to gold to porcelain. The most common type of crown is made of a composite resin that is color matched and customized to the shape of your tooth. During your exam or consultation, Dr. Moore will discuss the best options for your needs and consideration. In some cases, a high-quality porcelain crown is recommended for superior durability and aesthetics.
Are dental crowns covered by my dental insurance?
In many cases, dental insurance benefits will cover part, or all of, the total cost of a dental crown. Your dentist in Charlotte will work with you to determine your portion of the total cost of treatment.
How long do dental crowns last?
A dental crown is designed to last for 10 years or more. You can support a long term result with routine dental care and daily oral hygiene. During routine visits with us, we will monitor the condition of your dental crown and address any damage or other concerns promptly.