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Dental Crowns – Chesterfield, MO

Repairing Damaged Teeth for Healthy Smiles

A lot of bad things can happen to the teeth. They can be chipped, cracked, broken, and develop decay! In any of these situations, the result can be dental pain, a higher risk for tooth loss, and a person who feels extremely self-conscious. At Yenzer Family Dental of Chesterfield, we’re able to handle all of these problems using one of the most tried and true treatments in all of dentistry: dental crowns!

Using high-quality materials, advanced technology, and an artistic hand, we can supply you with a restoration that will make it look like nothing bad ever happened to your teeth. If you’re ready to smile with confidence again, please contact us today to learn more about fixed bridges and dental crowns in Chesterfield, MO.

What is a Dental Crown?

Diagram showing how dental crowns in Chesterfield work

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that simply fits over the top of a damaged tooth. Each one is custom-made, and it can be used to restore a tooth’s size, strength, and appearance all at the same time. Whether a tooth has been damaged by decay or injury, a dental crown can offer a relatively quick and complete solution. It even fully encapsulates the natural tooth to protect it from further wear and tear in the future.

Crowns can be made of a variety of materials, ranging from all-metal to all-porcelain, and we’ll help you choose the one that best suits your needs. The process to get one typically takes at least two visits, at the end of which you’ll walk out of our dental office with a fresh, new smile!

The Dental Crown Process

Dentist in Chesterfield creating a custom crown

Crowns are placed over the course of two visits to our dental office. During the initial appointment, we prepare your teeth by removing any damaged tissues. We will also need to remove a small amount of surface enamel all the way around the tooth to allow the crown to fit within the natural smile line. Once teeth are prepared, we capture impressions that will be used to craft your custom crown. Then, a temporary restoration is placed to protect your prepared teeth. When we receive your final restoration from the lab, we’ll exchange the temporary for this high quality, custom dental restoration.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

Man with dental crowns in Chesterfield smiling inside a building

Once your dental crown is in place, you’ll be able to continue brushing, flossing, and eating your favorite foods comfortably with the most efficient chewing power possible. Not only do crowns prevent your tooth from breaking down further (and eventually needing full-blown extraction with enough time), you can ensure your smile looks natural along the way thanks to the crown blending in exactly with your neighboring teeth. Crowns are also quite versatile in that they are capable of addressing a wide variety of dental problems at once (restorative and cosmetic), including cracks, chips, and discoloration. With routine maintenance, they can easily last 10 to 15 years and longer!

Dental Crowns FAQs

A patient asking about dental crowns in Chesterfield

Given what you’ve read, you may think dental crowns from Chesterfield could work for you. Still, you likely have things you want to know about the procedure first. After all, confirming that treatment would be effective, affordable, etc., is essential. Fortunately, we at Yenzer Family Dental have listed some frequently asked questions regarding crowns below. Please read them over to learn what to expect from dental crown treatment.

If our answers don’t cover the facts you want, feel free to contact our office. Whether in-office or over the phone, we’d be happy to provide more details.

Does it Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

In general, it doesn’t hurt to get a dental crown. Your treating dentist will ensure the placement goes smoothly and comfortably.

You see, the treatment process starts by numbing the affected tooth. That way, it ensures your pearly white won’t feel anything during the procedure. If necessary, though, a dentist can also sedate you for good measure.

To be honest, you’re more likely to feel discomfort post-treatment. Once a crown is fully placed, your tooth will be sensitive for a few days. That said, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers until this effect fades.

Are Dental Crowns Safe?

So long as an experienced dentist places it, a dental crown is safe.

For one thing, our office’s crowns are all-ceramic or zirconium. As such, they don’t have any mercury that could prove toxic. Furthermore, ceramic porcelain and zirconia are toxin-free. True, the former material can cause an adverse reaction in some patients, but this is extremely unlikely.

All this being said, you should still keep an eye out for problems. Call your dentist immediately if you experience gum irritation, redness, or swelling near your crown. Such signs could indicate an allergic reaction.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

In terms of averages, our dental crowns usually last roughly 15 years. That said, this number can vary depending on the crown’s material.

Rather than the material, though, a crown’s longevity depends more on other things. These factors include:

  • Your Diet
  • Your Oral Hygiene
  • Whether You Have Bad Oral Habits (smoking, nail-biting, teeth-grinding, etc.)

Are Dental Crowns Covered by Insurance?

Dental insurance usually does cover dental crowns. It doesn’t always, though, and not often in full, either.

While dental plans differ, most consider crowns a major procedure. As such, they’ll cover 50% of the treatment’s cost after you pay your deductible. Still, this coverage only applies when the crown is judged medically necessary — when it repairs a damaged or decayed tooth. Purely cosmetic ones likely wouldn’t qualify for insurance.

Thankfully, dental crowns can be affordable even without insurance. In particular, you can count on Yenzer Family Dental to work with you on treatment costs. We’ll do whatever we can to make your dental crowns in Chesterfield affordable.