Dental Crowns Overview
When a tooth is worn down or damaged, it can at times be saved with a crown. Sometimes called a cap, dental crowns are made custom to cover the needed tooth and colored to blend with your natural teeth for an attractive finish. At Finest City Dental in San Diego, CA, a crown can treat tooth decay, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask discoloration. General dentist Dr. Nick Dovey creates custom crowns with 3D CEREC technology to meet your goals. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Dovey to find out how a custom dental crown can repair or strengthen a damaged tooth while also enhancing the overall appearance and health of your mouth.
Best Candidates for Dental Crowns
A crown could be wanted or needed for several different situations. They can be placed over a decaying tooth to prevent it from chipping, or it could hold together a tooth that's cracked. Dental crowns could also cover a worn-down or loose tooth. They may be used to strengthen a tooth with a lot of decay that will not take a tooth-colored filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or hide discolored and misshapen teeth. Crowns may be glued over your tooth or connected by an implant. The crown's material is typically chosen with consideration to where it's being placed. Dr. Dovey will explain your choices and help you select the best dental crown for your budget and needs.
What To Expect with Dental Crowns
During your appointment, Dr. Dovey will get dental impressions so your crown can be made to fit your tooth. In some cases, a temporary dental crown may be used to cover your tooth as your permanent crown is being crafted. As soon as your custom crown is made, the treatment area will be given a local numbing anesthetic. Stronger sedation techniques may be used to calm any fears or anxieties. When the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Dovey will prep your tooth by cleaning away any decay, then lightly file the enamel to create space for your dental crown. Your dental crown can be either glued to your tooth or connected to an implant. Once set, Dr. Dovey can adjust the crown's fit so it's comfortable.
Dental Crowns Recovery
Unless sedation was used, you will be able to leave our office once the procedure is done and continue your daily activities. Dr. Dovey or a member of his team will teach you how to care for your dental crown and tell you about any foods that should be avoided. During your yearly examinations at Finest City Dental, Dr. Dovey will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it to maintain your comfort. He will tell you when your crown should be replaced; however, with good care, it may last for several years. If you notice any trouble with your crown (if it falls out or is loose), call our office immediately. Don't try to repair it or reattach it on your own because this could ultimately lead to an infection or bad fit.
Dental Crowns Insurance Coverage
Based on your insurance coverage, a portion of your costs may be covered. After contacting your insurance carrier, we can calculate your remaining costs. At your consultation, Dr. Dovey will help you select the best crown material that suits your needs and budget. He can also talk about payment methods we accept along with medical financing to help keep your procedure affordable.
Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth can be repaired with a custom crown at Finest City Dental. Talk to Dr. Dovey about how a dental crown can shield your tooth from continued harm and help maintain the health of your other teeth. A customized crown can be matched to suit your needs and blend with your teeth for a beautiful smile. Contact our team in San Diego, CA to schedule an appointment with general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey.