Decay, injury, genetics, wear and tear, and other factors can all compromise the integrity of teeth. In some cases, badly damaged teeth must be extracted. Most of the time, however, it is possible to save them via restorative treatments — such as dental crowns in Boca Raton. As a highly trained prosthodontist, Dr. Steven H. Feit takes pride in designing high-quality crowns that look beautiful, function flawlessly, and stand the test of time. Continue reading this page to learn more about this smile-saving treatment.
A dental crown is a custom-designed tooth-shaped “cap” that covers a tooth’s crown — everything that is visible above the gumline. Crowns can be made out of various materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, gold, silver, and more.
Crowns are quite versatile, allowing them to be used for several purposes. Most often, they are used in restorative dentistry to reinstate the health of a tooth, like one that has suffered a large break or has significant decay. They can even prevent a weakened tooth from breaking by providing an added layer of protection. It is not uncommon for them to be used in combination with other procedures as well, like root canal therapy. Working as part of a bridge or with a dental implant, they can also help to replace missing teeth altogether. They are occasionally used in cosmetic dentistry because they can be customized to look natural.
The crown process begins when Dr. Feit, your dentist in Boca Raton, reshapes the tooth so it will fit well beneath its restoration. This usually involves removing a bit of enamel. Don’t worry — anesthesia and sedation can ensure that you are comfortable during this part of the process.
Once your tooth is prepared, our team takes impressions that will serve as the basis for designing your crown. You’ll wear a temporary crown while a dental laboratory fabricates your permanent one. When your permanent crown is ready, Dr. Feit will verify that its fit is perfect before he uses a special dental cement to secure it in your mouth.
Some of the most outstanding benefits of dental crowns include:
Dr. Feit is your local expert on dental crowns in Boca Raton. Before you request a consultation with him, however, you might be curious to learn more about crowns, how they work, and what you can expect from the treatment. That is why we have compiled the following brief list of frequently asked questions. If you don’t see the information you were hoping for, we invite you to reach out to us directly.
Our team will give you an estimate for the cost of your crown when you come to us for our consultation. Your out of pocket obligation will depend on a few factors, including the material used to make the crown and whether your insurance will cover a portion of its cost. Most PPO insurance plans pay for about half the cost of a crown. If necessary, our team can help you to apply for low-interest financing as well.
If you are experiencing any of the following, you may need a dental crown:
Caring for a dental crown doesn’t require that you take any special precautions. You simply need to stick to a thorough oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist for regular checkups. Additionally, if you tend to grind your teeth at night, you may need to wear a nightguard in order to prevent the grinding from damaging your crown.
A damaged crown leaves the tooth beneath it more vulnerable to infection and damage. It can also interfere with your bite. Hence, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Feit as soon as your notice that something about your crown no longer feels quite right. He’ll assess the damage and recommend an appropriate treatment. You may need to get the crown replaced with a new restoration.
Metal crowns tend to conduct heat very well, so they might have an impact on dental sensitivity. Porcelain crowns, on the other hand, allow for less temperature transfer to the underlying tooth. With that being said, you may notice some extra sensitivity immediately after a porcelain crown gets placed. That is normal because the crown placement process can irritate the underlying tooth. If the discomfort doesn’t subside within a week or two, call our team for assistance.