Our goal is to provide dentistry that is very natural-looking and long-lasting. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth. With porcelain dental crowns by our West Lake Hills, TX dentist, Dr. Long, your friends will notice your beautiful smile, not your restored teeth.
When damage to a person’s teeth is extreme, we can use all-porcelain crowns to make the smile appear “as new”. Crowns are an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severely damaged teeth. New breakthrough porcelain technologies (such as Lithium Disilicate and Zirconia) now allow dentists to use “all-porcelain crowns” on any teeth in the mouth. These all-porcelain crowns have exceptional translucency and natural look, and don’t leave the dark or black lines around the gumline like old porcelain-to-metal crowns.
Are you wondering about the process of getting dental crowns? Or are you curious about what to expect once the restoration is in your mouth? Our team at Westlake Hills Dental Arts is always ready to lend an ear to your questions so that you can make the best decisions for your care. Check the FAQs below to see if you can find the answers you’re looking for; if not, feel free to call us today!
The longevity of a crown mostly depends on the kind of care it receives. The average lifespan of a dental crown is usually around 10 years, but with the right maintenance, it’s not uncommon for one to stay in your mouth for decades before it needs to be replaced. If you want your crown to last for as long as possible, make sure that you’re blushing and flossing thoroughly every day. You should also stay away from hard or sticky foods that might damage your crown.
It takes at least two appointments to place a dental crown. The first visit involves preparing your tooth by removing a small amount of enamel; then we create an impression of your mouth so that a crown can be designed. A dental lab will create your personalized restoration over the course of a couple of weeks. Once we’ve received the finished crown, we’ll schedule a second appointment so that we can attach it to your tooth. We’ll take the time to make any last-minute adjustments so that the crown looks and feels natural next to your other teeth.
There’s no need to panic if your dental crown comes off your tooth; it’s normal for the restoration to eventually lose its bond with the tooth, and the problem can be easily addressed. Put the crown in a safe place and call our office to make an appointment right away. Do not bite or chew with the exposed tooth; you don’t want to risk any unnecessary damage. If you’re experiencing any discomfort or sensitivity in the tooth in question, you can take ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain reliever to help.
You should always check with your insurance carrier to confirm what kind of coverage you have. Most plans do help pay for at least part of the dental crown. You can usually expect around 50% to 80% coverage. It varies from plan to plan depending on whether they consider getting a dental crown to be a major or minor procedure. If you still have questions about your coverage, don’t worry; our team is used to working with many different insurance companies, and we’re more than happy to explain anything you don’t understand. We’ll also file any necessary paperwork on your behalf so that you don’t have to worry about it.