Repair Damaged Teeth
Stamford Dental Crowns
If you have a tooth that’s been damaged by tooth decay or oral trauma, a dental crown in Stamford from Dr. Byungchul Park or Dr. Gitae Kwon may be right for you. With a crown, you can cover up the tooth and protect it from further damage, and restore your bite and your smile. Learn more below, or contact us for a consultation.
Dental crowns are dental prostheses that are designed to fit over and cover up your entire tooth. First, the tooth will be prepared with a dental drill, and a crown will be built out of a durable porcelain material. This crown will look and feel just like a natural tooth. This crown is bonded permanently to the underlying tooth material, covering it up completely.
This restores the shape, function, and appearance of your tooth, and also helps protect it from further decay or oral injuries. With a crown from our dentists in Stamford, you can quickly restore the beauty of your smile, as well as the natural function of your bite.
Why Choose Dental Crowns?
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns can improve your smile by covering up a discolored or damaged tooth that is disrupting the aesthetic of your teeth. A crown will also offer protection, durability, and strength to weakened, chipped, or broken teeth so you can chew with your tooth without worrying about breakage.
Without a dental crown, a severely damaged or decayed tooth could become infected and result in tooth loss. Another advantage of dental crowns is that they can hold a broken tooth together to prevent it from falling apart.
Protecting a tooth with a crown is much cheaper, less time-consuming, and less invasive than getting a tooth replacement. Crowns are very versatile and can be used to treat a variety of issues and come in many different materials ranging from highly aesthetic to extremely durable.
Porcelain and ceramic crowns blend in with your natural teeth, giving the appearance of a seamless natural smile, while metal and zirconia crowns can last for up to 20 years.
Signs That You Need
A Dental Crown
If you have a very large cavity that is not appropriate for treatment with a filling, it’s likely that you will need a dental crown from our Stamford office. Fillings are only appropriate for small-to-medium-sized cavities, as they are not strong enough to repair very damaged teeth.
You may also need a dental crown if one of your teeth has a large chip or crack due to dental trauma or prolonged teeth grinding. While cosmetic treatments like veneers and bonding may be used for slightly-damaged teeth, crowns are required if the damage is deep and could lead to further oral health complications.
What To Expect
The Dental Crown Process
First, Dr. Park or Dr. Kwon will clean and numb your mouth. Sedation may be administered, if desired. Then, your tooth will be prepared with a dental drill. Dr. Park or Dr. Kwon will remove damaged material from the surface of the tooth, and then sculpt it into a sturdy, stable platform for the crown.
Once the tooth has been prepared, Dr. Park or Dr. Kwon will create dental impressions, which will be used by a dental lab to prepare your permanent crown. They will bond a temporary crown to your tooth and send you home.
In about 2-3 weeks, you’ll come back to our office for your permanent crown in Stamford. Dr. Kwon or Dr. Park will check the crown to make sure it fits properly, then it will be bonded into place permanently.
Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns are built to last. With proper oral hygiene, such as brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing the Stamford team at Clear Smile Dental Studio for an appointment every 6 months, your crown will likely last anywhere from 10-20 years, with some patients keeping their crowns for an even longer time.
However, if your crown is ever cracked or damaged, it will need to be replaced to protect your oral health. This is one of the reasons that it’s so important to see Dr. Park or Dr. Kwon for a six-month exam. They will check your teeth and your crowns and other dental work to make sure everything looks good, and identify any potential issues early.
Are Dental Crowns Covered By Insurance?
Yes, dental crowns fall under major dental work or restorative work that is typically covered by insurance at up to 50% of the cost. However, this comes with some caveats. Dental insurance will only cover dental crowns if they are medically necessary.
Valid reasons would include holding together a broken tooth or protecting a damaged or decayed tooth from further damage. Insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures so if the crown is purely cosmetic, it will not be covered.
Your insurance may also have annual limits and waiting periods that you will need to abide by. Some insurance companies may also only cover certain crown materials. Contact your insurance provider directly to learn more about their policy on crown coverage.
At Clear Smile Dental Studio, we accept most insurance plans and Medicaid. However, if you don’t have insurance, we also offer flexible financing options through CareCredit or Chewsi.
Longevity Of Dental Crowns
How Many Times Can a Crown Be Replaced?
A crown will need to be continually replaced because they don’t last forever. With that being said, however, there are instances where you may eventually no longer be able to replace a crown because there is not enough tooth structure to stabilize it.
Crowns last for an average of 5 to 15 years but you may need to replace them sooner if the crown has been damaged, you have receding gums, to fix a cosmetic issue, or you have underlying tooth decay. In most of these cases, you will be able to continually replace the crown without any problem.
However, if you have underlying tooth decay, the decay needs to be drilled out and this means removing more tooth structure than you already had removed before.
If more of the tooth needs to be drilled away each time, there will eventually not be enough support for the crown at all and you may be better suited for a dental implant or bridge. If you need a crown replacement, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Park or Dr. Kwon.