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What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, serve to reinforce and fortify teeth with positioned prosthetics, providing them with enhanced strength and durability while imparting a smoother appearance. They are employed in various scenarios, such as covering a cracked tooth, replacing an old filling, or addressing severe tooth decay. Each crown is meticulously custom-made, utilizing a range of materials tailored to suit your individual case. Furthermore, the color of your new teeth is meticulously matched to that of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and uniform appearance. Through a comprehensive dental examination conducted at our office, we evaluate your teeth and gums to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.
Rai Family Dentistry | Safford, VA

Understanding the Need for Dental Crowns

At Rai Family Dentistry in Stafford, VA, Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai and our team of dentists guide you in determining when a crown is necessary. This option may be recommended if you have a tooth with a large filling or significant decay, or if the tooth has weakened due to structural loss. Leaving a decaying tooth with just a filling poses a risk of cracking or fracturing when biting or chewing food, making a crown advisable in such cases. Additionally, we may suggest a crown for a broken or fractured tooth or to protect teeth following a root canal.

Dental crowns are also utilized to restore worn-down, misshapen, or small teeth and to correct tooth discoloration. Furthermore, they serve to support dental bridges and cover dental implants, offering a comprehensive solution for various dental concerns.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect when going in for a dental crown?

If a crown is deemed necessary, our dentist Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai will provide a detailed explanation of the tooth crown procedure, outlining the reasons for its necessity and discussing the options available. Together with your dentist, you will select a crown that best aligns with your needs and preferences. During the procedure, the doctor will prepare your tooth by shaping it and eliminating any damaged portions. To ensure your comfort throughout the process, local anesthesia will be administered.

Are dental crowns permanent?

The typical lifespan of a dental tooth crown is approximately 10 years or more, contingent upon diligent care and maintenance. To extend the longevity of your restoration, we strongly advocate for regular checkups and professional cleanings at Rai Family Dentistry. Consistent upkeep of your crown, coupled with excellent oral hygiene practices at home, is essential. Additionally, refraining from using your teeth to perform tasks such as opening packets or using them as tools can help prevent chipping of both your natural teeth and the crown.

Does insurance cover Crowns?

If you have medical insurance, it’s common to expect around 50% of the crown cost to be covered. However, coverage specifics vary based on your insurance type and individual circumstances. Generally, if a crown is for cosmetic purposes, reimbursement is unlikely. However, if it’s part of preventive treatment, your insurance may cover some or all of the costs. Preventive treatment often includes coverage for a root canal or repair of a broken tooth.

Will my crown need special care after?

Once your crown is placed, it’s vital to maintain proper care to prolong its lifespan. Caring for dental caps is straightforward, and the following tips can help you achieve this: Floss daily: Regular flossing helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, preventing issues around your crown. Avoid hard foods: Chewing on hard foods can risk cracking your crown, particularly if it’s made of porcelain. Practice proper brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. If you experience sensitivity, consider using toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Use a night guard: If you grind or clench your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend a night guard to protect your crown and surrounding teeth while you sleep.
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