If you damage a tooth or develop a deep cavity, crown coverage can preserve your enamel and prevent the need for an extraction. At Downtown Dental, Michael Krump, DDS, and the team offer a variety of dental restorations, including crowns, bridges, and veneers to protect smiles and encourage optimal oral health. To make an appointment in Rapid City, South Dakota, call the office or book online today.
Crown coverage is a term for dental restorations. Dental restorations are custom-crafted prosthetics that repair damaged or decaying teeth.
The team at Downtown Dental bonds restorations on top of your natural tooth enamel, improving your tooth’s appearance as well as your biting and chewing abilities.
The team at Downtown Dental offers several types of crown coverage, including:
A dental crown is a synthetic cap that your dentist bonds on top of a damaged or decaying tooth. After the crown is placed, it restores your tooth to its near original size and shape.
At Downtown Dental, the team offers tooth-colored crowns. Tooth-colored crowns blend in with your existing permanent teeth, ensuring the work looks natural.
A dental bridge is a restoration that features an artificial tooth. The artificial tooth fills a gap in your smile, ensuring your surrounding teeth don’t move out of position. The team at Downtown Dental offers several types of dental bridges. After an oral exam and a series of X-rays, they can make recommendations that align with your needs.
If you have pointy, smaller-than-average, or unusually shaped teeth, the team at Downtown Dental might recommend veneers. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of your permanent teeth. They cover up minor imperfections and make your smile appear balanced and symmetrical.
At Downtown Dental, crown coverage requires two visits about a week apart.
At the first visit, your Downtown Dental provider conducts an oral exam, takes X-rays, and asks about your goals. Then, they use a digital scanner to take impressions of your mouth.
Your provider uses the results of the scans to determine the type of crown coverage that will most benefit you. After making a recommendation, they prepare your teeth to receive the restoration and send your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your crown, bridge, or veneers.
When the dental lab finishes your crown, bridge, or veneers, you return to Downtown Dental. Your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, lines up the restoration with your permanent teeth, and bonds it in place.
The length of time that dental restorations last depends on several factors, including how often you visit the dentist and if you brush and floss regularly. Crowns, bridges, and veneers typically last 12-15* years, but it’s possible to extend their use by practicing good oral hygiene.
To learn more about crown coverage, make an appointment at Downtown Dental by calling the office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary.
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