Dental crowns are one of the most widely used dental treatments because of the many applications they can have for both restoring and enhancing your smile. Dr. Welinsky places dental crowns for a wide range of reasons and uses advanced digital technology to evaluate your needs and create a personalized treatment plan.
There are several benefits of a dental crown. First, a crown restores the size, shape, and color of your tooth which has been altered by damage or decay. Second, a crown covers the entire surface of the tooth, strengthening it and supporting long-term health and stability. This cannot be done with a filling alone.
Crowns can also be used for cosmetic concerns such as closing spaces between teeth and correcting minor rotations and the shape of the teeth.
Common uses for a dental crown:
- strengthening teeth
- restoring teeth to their natural shape and size
- covering a dental implant
- protecting a weak tooth from breaking or restoring a broken tooth
- addressing discolored teeth
- attaching bridges
- holding a filling
- enhancing appearance
Towson, MD dentist Dr. Welinsky places custom dental crowns at Welinsky Dental Care. Visit us for comprehensive cosmetic and restorative dental services. Based on your needs, we can design and place a custom dental crown that is color-matched and shaped to blend effortlessly with your existing smile.
Crowns: The Preferred Choice
A dental crown often provides a more secure restoration than a regular filling, serving to prevent further fracture of the areas of the tooth weakened by decay, extensive fillings, or a cusp fracture. A dental crown is often essential to preserve a tooth following root canal treatment. It allows you to gain back the full integrity of your tooth.
Because of this, crowns are used to support a dental bridge if it’s a traditional bridge. Using your natural teeth as the anchor teeth can increase wear and tear on them, leading to more problems like tooth decay. A dental crown takes the stress off of your natural teeth.
Crowns also have many cosmetic uses because it acts as a cap that covers the entire tooth. If you have a tooth that’s misshapen or has experienced a lot of wear, the crown can restore the tooth to its natural shape and size. Crowns are color-matched to the shade you desire, blending in with the rest of your smile. This makes them an ideal option for teeth that are discolored and resistant to typical whitening techniques.
Lastly, crowns are the most common choice to top a dental implant. It allows the dental implant to be a complete, singular tooth. Though bridges and dentures can also be implant-supported, a crown looks and feels the most natural to blend in with the rest of your smile.
Dental Crowns: What to Expect
The dental crown process is relatively simple and most patients are comfortable with a local anesthetic while tooth preparation and crown placement is completed in our office.
The placement of a dental crown will require two visits to our office. The first step is to prepare the tooth by removing decayed or damaged tooth structure to accommodate the placement of the crown. After taking dental impressions, a temporary crown is typically placed.
Once the final crown is complete, Dr. Welinsky will permanently secure it to your tooth after making any adjustments for comfort and appearance. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental care will keep your new crown stable for many years, supporting long-term oral health and a functional smile.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is a dental crown covered by insurance?
If you have dental insurance, we will work with you to determine if you have any coverage for a dental crown. Many insurance plans will cover a portion of the total cost. We will provide your portion of the cost and can discuss payment options when necessary.
How long does a dental crown last?
Today’s dental crowns can be made of superior ceramic materials that can last a lifetime with proper care and good oral health. There are factors affecting the lifetime of the crown including other dental concerns that include bite problems, the location of the crown, and lifestyle habits. We will monitor the condition of the crown during routine dental exams.
Schedule a Dental Care Exam Today
If you have teeth that are damaged, discolored, or decayed and would like to restore your smile with a dental crown, schedule an appointment with Dr. Welinsky in our Towson dental office. We welcome new patients from many communities in the greater Baltimore metro area and offer comprehensive care for children and adults. Contact us at (410) 692-8453 or request an appointment online.