Dental Crowns in Lincoln, NE

 

Protect and Restore Your Smile

Sometimes a damaged or decayed tooth is too exposed or sensitive to endure natural jaw pressure. Whether it was damaged due to accident or disease, an impaired tooth must be protected. That’s where a customized dental crown comes in.

At Family and Implant Dentistry, Dr. Derek Hoffman and our experienced dental team are dedicated to providing durable and functional crowns. Read on to learn more about the dental crown process and how it can benefit you.

 

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are a durable way to restore severely damaged or decayed teeth. They can easily restore a tooth’s appearance, function, and strength. Dr. Hoffman will customize your crown to match your tooth’s shape, size, and color so it’ll blend seamlessly with your smile.

Crowns are also used to cap new dental implants, completing your smile and ensuring a stronger, healthier bite.

Advantages of Dental Crowns

With so many great benefits, it’s no wonder so many past patients have loved their restorations. Some advantages of dental crowns include:

Natural Appearance

Crowns are customized to fit your smile so they’ll feel comfortable in your bite. They can also be colored to match your surrounding teeth and ensure that it blends in with your natural smile, as well.

Protection

When a patient receives endodontic treatment or the tooth is damaged due to decay or cracks, dental crowns can help provide protection and prevent extraction. A dental crown can be capped over the affected tooth and protect against natural bite pressure. This enables patients to feel more confident about their bite and their smile’s appearance.

Stain Resistant

There’s a variety of food and drink that can stain your teeth over time, such as coffee, wine, and berries. While these stains can mostly be kept at bay with proper oral hygiene, you can rest assured that your crown won’t need as much attention to retain its beautiful shade.

Reliability

Dentures and partial dentures are notorious for slipping around while eating or speaking. Dental crowns, however, are placed securely in your mouth. You won’t have to worry about them shifting out of place.

When Are Dental Crowns Necessary?

Dr. Hoffman may recommend a dental crown if you have

  • Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Severely decayed teeth
  • Worn-down or weakened teeth
  • Teeth treated with a root canal

However, dental crowns aren’t for every patient. Dr. Hoffman will determine if they’ll be the most effective treatment for you during your initial consultation. He’ll also discuss other restoration options with you if necessary.

The Dental Crown Process

Dental crowns are capped over existing teeth to restore their shape and appearance. If it’s replacing a tooth, the tooth will be filed down to make room for the crown to fit securely and comfortably. In the case of a dental implant needing a crown, the implant’s abutment will already be ready to receive a crown.

First, we’ll take accurate images of your teeth. We work closely with a highly experienced lab technician who will use the scans to craft you the perfect, customized crown in collaboration with Dr. Hoffman.

Once your crown is ready, we’ll shade it chairside with you so that your crown looks indistinguishable from the rest of your smile. After choosing the right color, Dr. Hoffman will thoroughly clean your teeth before placing the crown.

He’ll make any necessary adjustments to ensure the crown fits comfortably in your mouth before using dental-grade cement to secure the restoration. You’re then ready to showcase your restored smile!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is getting a dental crown painful?

Prior to placing a crown, Dr. Hoffman will apply a local anesthetic to ensure you won’t feel a thing during the entire process. You may experience minimal discomfort after the procedure, which can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers or applying a cold compress.

We want you to be relaxed throughout your procedure. If you suffer from dental anxiety or low pain tolerance, be sure to ask about oral sedation. It’s just one more way we go the extra mile to ensure you’re comfortable throughout your treatments at Family and Implant Dentistry.

Are dental crowns better than veneers?

Porcelain veneers are for concealing cosmetic flaws, while dental crowns are meant to encompass and protect the entire tooth.

In terms of complete coverage, dental crowns are the way to go. Veneers are only fixed to the front of teeth to cover up cracks, chips, and whitening-resistant stains. Crowns can effectively cap a damaged tooth, protecting it while also subsequently providing support the tooth needs to withstand normal bite pressure.

When you consult with Dr. Hoffman at our Lincoln dental office, he’ll discuss your options and help you determine what treatment is best for your situation.

How long do dental crowns last?

While crowns are durable and reliable, they’re not everlasting. Dental crowns can last between 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. To keep your crowns and oral health in good shape, it’s best to brush and floss twice a day. You should also keep up with your biannual visits to our Lincoln dental office for routine cleanings.

What's the difference between a crown and a filling?

Both a crown and a filling are solutions to address and prevent further tooth decay. A filling is used when a cavity exists. When the tooth has severe decay and a filling will no longer address the problem, a crown is needed.

A crown covers the entire tooth above the gum line and is used to solve a variety of dental issues. A crown can also cover a tooth that is misshapen, discolored, chipped, or broken.

Schedule Your Appointment With Dr. Hoffman

Damaged or diseased teeth can cause significant issues if left untreated. Having a dental crown placed can help restore the function, appearance, and health of your smile. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoffman, contact our Lincoln office at (402) 486-0825. You can also fill out a contact form and a team member will get back to you shortly. We look forward to helping you achieve the healthy smile you deserve!