Dental Crowns in Lincoln, NE
Sometimes a damaged tooth is too sensitive or exposed to endure natural jaw pressure. Whether it was damaged due to accident or disease, an impaired tooth must be protected, and that’s where a customized dental crown comes in. Crowns can also be used to cap new dental implants, completing your smile and ensuring a healthier bite. Read along to learn more about the process and how crowns can help your smile today.
Advantages of Crowns
Here are just a few reasons that patients love their dental crowns here at Family and Implant Dentistry.
Crowns are not just blocks of ceramic that are placed on your teeth: they’re customized and crafted to fit your smile, so that they’ll look and feel like a real tooth. Crowns can also be colored to match the rest of your smile and ensure that it blends in with your natural teeth as well.
When a patient receives a root canal or other endodontic treatment, or the tooth is damaged due to decay or cracks, it’s vital that the tooth be protected instead of extracted. 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.
Coffee, wine, dyed foods…there’s a variety of food and drink that we all indulge in on a daily basis. But did you know that these foods can stain your teeth over time? However, 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.
Dentures, even partial dentures, can be notorious for slipping around while eating or speaking. But, by installing a dental crown instead, you can depend on that crown to be secure in your mouth. You won’t have to worry about it shifting out of place while eating or speaking.
How Do They Work?
Dental crowns are capped over existing teeth or a dental implant in order to restore 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 fixed and ready to receive a crown.
While crowns are durable and reliable, they are not everlasting. Like all other dental devices, a dental crown can last you anywhere between 5 and 15 years on average, due to natural wear-and-tear. It all depends on the quality of the material used, your oral hygiene regimen, and how forcefully you bite with the crown.
Are Crowns Better Than Veneers?
This question is answered depending on your unique situation. Porcelain veneers are more for cosmetic flaws instead of for health purposes, 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 us at Family and Implant Dentistry, we’ll discuss your options and help you determine whether a crown or a veneer is best for your situation.
The Dental Crown Process
You may be asking yourself, how are these crowns even crafted in the first place? The first step is to take accurate images of your teeth, especially the one(s) in need of a crown. We work closely with a highly experienced lab technician who can take this information and craft you the perfect crown in collaboration with Dr. Hoffman.
Once your crown is ready, we’ll also shade it chairside with you, so that your crown can look indistinguishable from the rest of your smile. What this means is that Dr. Hoffman will be next to you when it’s time to place the crown, and go through shading options to color the crown to your liking. This way, when you leave the office your smile will look good as new.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?
Prior to getting a crown, Dr. Hoffman will apply a local anesthetic which will keep you pain-free throughout the procedure. Following the procedure, you may experience minimal discomfort which can be addressed 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 a 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.
How can I avoid getting a dental crown?
The best course of action is always prevention. Visiting our office for regular exams and checkups, in addition to regular brushing and flossing, will ensure your dental health stays on track. Issues that arise can also be dealt with immediately before they become problematic.
How long do dental crowns last?
Crowns typically last 15 years but with proper care, they can last longer than 25 years. To increase the longevity of your dental crown, you’ll want to schedule biannual exams and cleanings in addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine.
Choosing a trusted dentist such as Dr. Hoffman will also ensure that your procedure is completed to the highest standards.
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 is used to cover 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 misshaped, discolored, chipped, or broken.
Discover If Crowns Are Best for You
Damaged or diseased teeth can worsen in condition if they are left untreated, so consider capping affected teeth with a crown. The first step is to consult with our team here at Family and Implant Dentistry, including Dr. Hoffman. During this consultation you can learn more about what makes dental crowns so unique and their versatile uses.