Dental Crowns – Hutchinson, KS
Rebuild Your Teeth Back to Full Health
Over the years, your teeth are subjected to a lot of wear and tear from daily biting and chewing. This can eventually lead to teeth becoming cracked, chipped, severely decayed, or worn down. Not treating these issues may cause the tooth to become even more damaged to the point where it has to be extracted entirely. To save your smile from such a fate, Dr. Grant D. Ringler, your dentist in Hutchinson, can place a dental crown over that tooth to protect it from additional damage while also making it look like a beautifully natural part of your grin. To learn more about dental crowns and whether they’re the right treatment for your smile, call us today!
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a custom-made restoration designed to fit over the entire visible portion of the tooth, also known as the crown, which is where this treatment gets its name. By placing a crown over a tooth, we can restore its shape, strength, and function back to what it originally was. Crowns can even be placed over cosmetically imperfect teeth to improve their appearance. Because crowns are most often made of dental porcelain, they have the uncanny ability to blend in with the rest of your smile.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns can be used in a lot of situations, such as when:
- A tooth is decayed to the point that a filling alone won’t correct the damage
- A tooth is severely injured or fractured
- A tooth has become so weakened that there is a high risk of fracture or breakage
- A missing tooth has been replaced with a dental implant and needs a restoration
- A tooth has undergone root canal therapy and needs protection
- A dental bridge is being placed to restore missing teeth and needs crowns to hold it in place
The Process of Getting a Dental Crown
Having a custom dental crown designed and placed typically takes two appointments with our team. First, after discussing your goals for your new restoration, we’ll prepare the affected tooth and take digital impressions. These will be sent to a trusted dental laboratory for the creation of your finished crown; in the meantime, our doctors will place a temporary model so that your daily life isn’t disrupted. Once the finished crown arrives at our practice, you’ll be invited back so that we can make any final adjustments and cement the permanent restoration securely into place within your smile.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
When a tooth is seriously damaged, the only options are to repair it or have it extracted. Since missing teeth come with a plethora of oral health problems (like shifting teeth and an increased risk of gum disease), our team tries to save your natural pearly whites whenever possible. Dental crowns in Hutchinson are a wonderful way to restore your oral health. They also provide the following additional benefits:
- With proper aftercare, your crown can last upwards of 10 years, possibly even 20.
- Although you’ll want to avoid chewing on certain objects like ice and hard candies, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite crunchy foods to your heart’s content.
- In addition to improving your oral health, dental crowns look and feel perfectly natural.
Dental Crown FAQs
When it comes to something as important as your oral health, it’s valuable to be informed. That’s why our team goes the extra mile to address any concerns or questions you have during your appointment. However, if you’d prefer to do your research online first, that’s okay too! For the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from patients about dental crowns in Hutchinson, read on.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
With proper care, dental crowns can last for well over a decade. That’s why it’s so important to implement good oral hygiene best practices, like brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting our Hutchinson dentist every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning. It’s also worth noting that lifestyle factors, like the use of tobacco or a diet that is high in sugar, can also compromise your restoration. So, it’s best to avoid unhealthy dental habits altogether, including smoking, sipping on sugary drinks throughout the day, and chewing on ice.
Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?
While the dental crown itself cannot get cavities, the tooth underneath it certainly can. In fact, a tooth that is covered by a crown has about the same risk of developing tooth decay as an uncrowned one. So, it’s best to implement the best practices mentioned in the previous section (i.e., daily brushing, checkups and cleanings every six months, not smoking).
What Happens If You Wait Too Long to Get a Dental Crown?
All too often, patients choose to postpone getting a dental crown in hopes that their tooth will heal on its own. However, damage to your tooth – whether it’s due to decay or trauma – can only be repaired by a skilled dental professional. Ignoring the recommendation to get a dental crown will just allow the root of the problem to worsen, potentially spreading to the surrounding teeth and gums in the process. So, to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible, schedule your treatment as soon as your dentist suggests it.
What Can I Eat with a Temporary Crown?
While your permanent crown is being meticulously made by the artisans at the dental lab, you will be given a temporary one. Since, as the name suggests, it’s only temporary, it’s not designed to be as durable. Therefore, it’s best to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth in the meantime. If you must chew on it, avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could cause it to become loose.
Are Dental Crowns Covered by Insurance?
In many cases, yes! Although the cost likely won’t be covered in full by your provider, they may contribute 50%. Of course, there are several factors to consider, like your deductible and annual maximum, so don’t hesitate to double-check with your dental team about your coverage. That way, you have an idea of your out-of-pocket expenses well beforehand.