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Dental Crowns – Sebastian, FL

Offering Greater Protection Against Tooth Decay

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Looking for a restorative solution that offers greater protection for your decayed and weakened teeth? At Sebastian Dental, Dr. Pirkle can deliver a safe and effective treatment that will not only repair your teeth but also improve the look of your smile – dental crowns. These small restorations can work to rebuild your regular tooth without shining a spotlight on your dental work. If you are ready to learn more about dental crowns and what they can do for you, review the following information and contact us to schedule your appointment.

Why Choose Sebastian Dental for Dental Crowns?

  • Materials that match your natural tooth color to create a seamless smile
  • Custom-made restorations that fit comfortably
  • Personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs

What is a Dental Crown and How Do I Know I Need a Crown?

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A dental crown is a custom-made restoration that is matched to your natural tooth color, size, and shape and designed to protect a weakened tooth that is decayed or damaged. Also known as a “cap,” these are best used when a tooth:

  • Has been damaged in some way
  • Is severely decayed
  • Has a large filling that is no longer allowing the tooth to remain stable
  • Recently received a root canal
  • Is in need of a restoration after having a dental implant put into place

The Dental Crown Process

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It takes two visits in order to receive a dental crown. During the first visit, Dr. Pirkle will examine your smile before administering anesthesia to make you more comfortable. After cleaning the affected tooth and removing all signs of decay, it will be filled with composite resin to seal the tooth from further reinfection or damage.

It is necessary to file down the tooth to ensure a proper fit once the crown is put into place, so after your tooth is properly prepped, he will take impressions of your tooth and send them off to a dental lab. Technicians will then begin to work to create your custom crown based on the specifications provided by you and your dentist.

You will receive a temporary crown to wear until you return to our dental office to have it removed and the finalized restoration put into place.

What Are the Benefits to Dental Crowns?

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It should come as no surprise that dental crowns offer various benefits, especially since they’ve been used by dental professionals for decades, if not longer. Some of the advantages of choosing a dental crown to protect your weakened tooth include:

  • Improved appearance
  • Increased confidence
  • Natural smile aesthetic
  • Improved oral health by keeping infection out
  • A longer-lasting restoration you can enjoy for a decade or longer
  • Easily maintained with regular brushing, flossing, rinsing, and frequent visits to see us
  • Allows your natural tooth to regain its strength while remaining protected

Top Care Tips for Dental Crowns

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  • Use fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel
  • Brush your teeth twice daily for two full minutes
  • Floss at least once a day to remove harmful bacteria
  • Rinse with an ADA-approved mouthwash
  • Keep your six-month dental checkups and cleanings to allow us to check on your restoration
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy foods, as these can damage your natural and artificial teeth

Dental Crown FAQs

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Are you considering getting a dental crown? If so, you likely have a few questions – and we can help! Our expert staff at Sebastian Dental have pulled together some of the most common questions about dental crowns and answered them below. We hope you find this dental crown FAQ section helpful and informative as you consider restorative dental treatment.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Quality dental crowns like those placed at Sebastian Dental typically can last between 5 to 15 years before natural wear and tear will require replacement. You can help extend the lifespan of your dental crown by following the at-home oral hygiene tips listed above! In addition, Dr. Pirkle will answer any crown-care questions you have and offer further guidance once the crown placement procedure is complete and your tooth is restored.

Does Getting a Dental Crown Hurt?

Placement of a dental crown is a fairly straightforward procedure that should cause little to no pain. Before placing a permanent crown, Dr. Pirkle may need to slightly file down or otherwise modify your decayed tooth. If so, he will numb the area around the tooth so you do not feel any discomfort. During the recovery period, you may experience some minor discomfort and swelling for a few days. However, any mild pain from a dental crown can be relieved through over-the-counter pain medication and should disappear promptly.

What Is the Difference Between Temporary and Permanent Crowns?

A temporary crown is basically placeholder crown that protects your tooth while your permanent crown is crafted in the dental lab. Creating a new crown can take several days or weeks, which is why a temporary restoration is usually necessary. Temporary crowns are often made from acrylic or stainless steel and, since they are not meant to be stay on top of your tooth for the long-term, are generally less durable than permanent crowns.

If Dr. Pirkle places a temporary crown in your mouth, try to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the crown is located. In addition, stay away from sticky or chewy snacks and foods, as they might accidentally pull the temporary crown off before your permanent crown is ready.

How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?

The cost of dental crown restoration depends on a variety of factors, such as:

  • The number of crowns needed
  • The materials used to craft the crowns
  • The patient’s dental insurance coverage

While the final cost of a dental crown may vary, it is important to remember that putting off restorative dental treatment can lead to much greater costs down the line. That is because neglecting a decaying tooth will likely end up requiring a costly extraction or root canal in the future!

Will My Dental Insurance Pay for a Dental Crown?

Most dental insurance plans will cover at least some of the cost of a dental crown if you are getting one for oral health reasons, such as protecting a decayed tooth. While every insurance plan is slightly different, many insurance providers consider dental crowns a major restorative treatment and cover 50% to 70% of the cost.

If you would like assistance understanding the fine print of your dental insurance plan, do not hesitate to ask us! Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Sebastian Dental is happy to help patients navigate and maximize their dental insurance benefits.

Are you uninsured? You can still get the restorative dental treatment that you need at Sebastian Dental! We are proud to accept payments through CareCredit and Aetna Access Discount Plan, which allow uninsured patients to break the cost of dental treatment into small, manageable monthly payments.

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