Dental crowns are one of the most common dental restorations placed by Dr. Doyle Freano in Lexington, KY. Tooth crowns function as a “cap” to cover and strengthen the tooth and help prevent tooth loss. If you have a tooth that is cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged, Dr. Freano can help.
Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but Dr. Freano frequently recommends porcelain. Crowns made of dental porcelain tend to be more durable than traditional materials. Dental porcelain can also be color-matched to blend flawlessly into your smile. We can go even further with a teeth whitening procedure to fully restore your smile after a dental crown is placed.
Common Uses for Dental Crowns
Patients come in for a variety of issues that can be fixed with dental crowns. Dr. Freano may recommend a dental crown for any of the following dental problems or cosmetic concerns:
- Following root canal therapy
- Restore a tooth with a large cavity
- Repair a broken or cracked tooth without oral surgery
- Improve the appearance of misshaped or crooked tooth
- Cover a stained or discolored tooth
- Close gaps between teeth for a seamless smile
- Lengthen teeth that appear very short next to other teeth
- Cosmetic dental goals such as covering deep tooth stains
The Dental Crown Procedure
The dental crown procedure begins with a thorough oral evaluation. We will check your teeth for signs of damage and recommend the appropriate treatment options. If Dr. Freano determines that you need a dental crown or two, he will begin to prepare the affected tooth. After it has been prepared, he will take an impression of the tooth where the crown will be placed. A temporary crown can be placed while the permanent restoration is being fabricated.
Once the permanent crown has been fabricated, Dr. Freano will place the final, custom-made restoration. He will permanently bond and polish it to your tooth for a comfortable, lasting result. The dental crown procedure can enhance your smile and help support long-term oral health for years to come.
Dental Crown FAQs
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How fast can I get a dental crown?
Modern-day dental crowns can be fabricated in as little as two hours. Some dentists offer same-day crowns for those that can afford the cost. It will depend on the amount of dental work you need to be accomplished. Traditional dental crowns can be fabricated and placed in about two weeks.
What is the cost of a dental crown?
Dental crown cost varies depending on your specific condition and goals, as well as the material selected. If you have dental insurance, your crown may be covered. As a courtesy, we will submit a claim with the reimbursement to be sent directly to you from the insurance company.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dr. Freano designs dental crowns to last a lifetime. Proper care and maintenance will ensure that your dental crown will perform at its best for many years.
What should I do if a crown falls out?
Don’t try to put it back on. Don’t use glue or cement to reattach it. Call your dentist as soon as possible and keep the crown clean. Do not attempt to use glue to reattach your crown.
Can a dental crown be reused?
A tooth crown can’t be reused if it’s removed by a dentist to restore your tooth. It is usually cut into pieces during the removal process. Although, if it’s a new crown that has fallen out, it may be saved.
Schedule a Tooth Crown Consultation
Dr. Freano is a trusted dentist in Lexington, Kentucky. He has decades of experience performing dental restorations for Lexington-Fayette communities and beyond. Request a dental appointment online, or give us a call at 859-554-1586 today.