Dental Crowns & Bridges Complete Casper Smiles
Dental crowns are designed to “cap” off the chewing surface of a single tooth, providing damaged or weakened structure with a lifelike restoration. This restorative option proves beneficial in a variety of cases, including:
- Large cavities that can’t be successfully treated with a common filling
- Structural cracks or fractures
- Overall weakening
- Correcting the aesthetic appearance of a misshapen tooth
- Restoring a tooth that’s been treated with root canal therapy or dental implants
The process of receiving a dental crowns usually takes two to three visits. Dr. Prach prepares the tooth in question and takes impressions that will be sent off to a trusted dental lab providing you with a temporary restoration in the meantime. Once our Casper office has received the finished product, she’ll securely place it and ensure that the patient is satisfied with the fit.
If you’re missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge could provide the sturdy and confident replacement you’re searching for. Unlike removable partial dentures, a bridge is designed to fill the gap left by lost with additional dental crowns placed on either side as anchors that securely attach to adjacent healthy teeth. Like dental crowns, bridges can usually be created and placed in just a couple of appointments in Casper, WY. Implant-retained prosthetics resembling bridges are also available if you’re looking for a more permanent tooth replacement solution!
Dental Crowns FAQs
If you still have questions about receiving dental crowns in Casper, our team and Dr. Prach are more than happy to answer them! Below, we’ve compiled some of the most common ones that we receive from our patients. If you don’t see yours listed, we welcome you to call our office so we can address your concerns.
How long do dental crowns last?
The lifespan of your dental crown depends on several factors, such as the materials you decide to have it made out of and whether you regularly maintain it. With good oral hygiene practices, routine visits to our office, and by avoiding bad oral habits like teeth grinding, smoking, and nail-biting, your crown can last for up to 10 years.
Are dental crowns covered by insurance?
It’s important to keep in mind that every dental insurance plan is different, so to find out if your provider covers the cost of dental crowns, you’ll need to contact them directly. However, in most cases, dental insurance plans will cover a portion of the cost of this restoration (usually about 50 percent). Our team at Erin M. Prach, DDS is happy to file claims on your behalf to help you maximize your benefits. Plus, if you have Delta Dental, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, MetLife, GEHA, or Medicaid, you can save more by visiting our team because we’re in-network providers.
Can my dental crown get a cavity?
While your dental crown itself can’t get a cavity because it’s made out of artificial materials, your tooth underneath your crown can if you don’t take proper care of it. It’s important to continue brushing twice each day for two minutes, flossing daily, and rinsing with antimicrobial mouthwash daily to keep plaque and tartar from accumulating around your restoration.
What materials can dental crowns be made from?
Dental crowns can be made from gold, silver, porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, and porcelain fused to metal. Many of our patients choose to have theirs crafted from natural-looking, customizable materials like ceramic and porcelain because they blend in with the rest of their teeth and won’t cause gum or tooth discoloration.
Why would my dentist recommend a dental crown?
Dental crowns are more versatile than many patients know. Your dentist may suggest getting one in any of the following situations:
- Severe dental decay has weakened your tooth and a crown needs to be placed over the top of a filling to protect and strengthen it.
- Dental damage has weakened your tooth and a crown can hold it in place and protect it.
- Your tooth is severely misshapen.
- You’re missing a tooth and a dental bridge can restore your smile with the hold of crowns.
- A tooth has been treated with a root canal and needs to be protected with a crown.
If you have any questions or concerns about why we suggest you should get a root canal, feel free to ask our team! We’re friendly, understanding, and always here to provide you with the answers you need to feel confident in your decision to receive a treatment.