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Dental Crowns – Carmel, IN

Lifelike Dental Treatment for a Healthier Smile

a man smiling after receiving his dental crown

While your teeth are strong, it doesn’t mean that they’re invulnerable to damage or decay. Various things can happen that can cause your pearly whites to become compromised, but our team at Springhetti Dentistry has just the right treatment to repair and strengthen them. We offer custom-designed dental crowns in Carmel, which can help fortify the structure of decayed/damaged teeth while improving their overall appearance. Keep reading to learn what to expect from this treatment or give us a call to schedule an appointment!

Why Choose Springhetti Dentistry for Dental Crowns?

  • Porcelain Material to Mimic Natural Enamel
  • Durable & Long-Lasting Restorations
  • Accepts Dental Insurance & Alternative Financing

What Is a Dental Crown?

a 3D digital illustration of a dental crown

This restoration is also referred to as a “dental cap,” which is designed to completely cover the top side of a compromised tooth to both improve its look and strengthen its structure. Our office typically makes these caps with high-quality porcelain as this material can easily match the rest of your natural pearly whites. The best part: you likely won’t even be able to notice the difference between the crown and your other teeth. This treatment is mostly reserved for patients who have:

  • A broken tooth
  • Severely decayed teeth
  • A misshapen or heavily stained teeth
  • A bridge that needs to be supported
  • A tooth that’s just undergone root canal therapy

The Dental Crown Process

a patient undergoing the dental crown process

We’ll always begin your dental crown process by performing an initial consultation where we’ll assess your tooth and determine if this treatment is right for you. If so, we can start the procedure by preparing your compromised tooth, which typically involves shaving down a small portion of your enamel to make room for the porcelain cap. Our team will then take impressions of the area to be used for fabricating the restoration.

This process will take a few weeks, so we’ll also provide you with a temporary crown to protect your natural tooth. Once your final crown is completed, you’ll return to our office to switch the provisional one out with the permanent one. We’ll make any minor adjustments if necessary to ensure your bite is correct and that you’re satisfied with the results. You’ll be given instructions on how to care for your crown and then sent on your way to enjoy your healthy smile!

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

a man with dental crowns enjoying a cup of coffee

Dental crowns come with a wide variety of benefits for your compromised tooth. Some of the most common advantages include:

  • A versatile procedure that can address various problems, including decay and stains
  • Completely customized and lifelike results
  • Enhanced comfort and biting power
  • Protect natural teeth from future damage
  • Can last 15 years or more with proper care and regular dental visits

Understanding the Cost of Dental Crowns

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The cost of a dental crown is not the same from patient to patient. During your consultation, we will be able to provide a price estimate based on the details of your unique case. We will also be happy to help you understand provisions that could make your care more affordable, such as insurance, financing, and our in-house membership plan.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dental Crowns

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Some factors that may have a bearing on the cost of your crown include:

  • The extent of the treatment. Some patients require preliminary procedures before they can receive a crown. For example, you might need to undergo root canal therapy. Such services can raise the total cost of your care.
  • The material used to make your crown. Crowns can be made out of various types of metals, as well as porcelain. We favor porcelain due to its natural appearance and outstanding durability.
  • The crown-creation process. Laboratory fees and other portions of the crown-creation process can have a bearing on your total bill.

Keep in mind that cheaper crowns are not necessarily better. You want a top-quality restoration, so it is important that you partner with a qualified dental team right from the beginning of your treatment experience. Doing so can ultimately save you money and spare you from the hassles and discomfort that may come with a poorly made restoration.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?

insurance form next to calculator and dental instruments

In most cases, yes, dental insurance does cover crowns. Usually, they are classified as a major procedure, so around 50% of their cost may be covered, up to the amount of your plan’s annual maximum. Our team welcomes insurance, and we will be happy to help you figure out how your benefits apply. We can also file claims on your behalf and coordinate with your insurance company so you get all the benefits that you are entitled to.

Other Options for Making Dental Crowns Affordable

smiling young woman in dental treatment chair

Beyond insurance, there are a couple of provisions that might make it easier for you to afford your crown:

  • Most patients are eligible for low-interest financing through CareCredit, a third-party lender. The application process is quick and easy, and our team will be happy to walk you through it.
  • In-house membership plan. Our in-house membership plan covers all preventive care and provides a 10% discount on almost all other services. Signing up is easy, and you can start using your benefits right away.

Would you like to learn more about dental crowns and their cost? Get in touch with Springhetti Dentistry today!

Dental Crown FAQs

Dental crowns in Carmel provide excellent protection for compromised teeth. They’ve been used in dentistry for decades because they are effective and versatile. Despite their proven success, it’s normal to have some questions about dental crowns. Your dentist at Springhetti Dentistry will explain everything during your initial consultation. You can also contact our office to speak with a member of our dental team or take a look at the answers to the most frequently asked questions below.

Are Dental Crowns Permanent?

Dental crowns don’t last forever, but they aren’t reversible. Your dentist must reshape your tooth to allow a customized cap to fit over it. It will cover your tooth down to the gum line. Your enamel will not grow back if the restoration is removed. It will be vulnerable to sensitivity, bacteria, and damage if it isn’t always covered by a crown. Our office only uses high-quality materials for durable, long-lasting solutions.

Is Getting a Dental Crown Painful?

Depending on your treatment plan, your dentist in Carmel may administer a local numbing agent to block any pain. At most, you might feel some pressure or unusual sensations. After the effects of any numbing medications wear off, your tooth may be tender for a few days. You can manage any discomfort by eating soft foods and taking an OTC pain reliever.

Can Dental Crowns Get Cavities?

Dental crowns can’t get cavities, but your underlying tooth and remaining teeth are still vulnerable to decay. If a cavity forms underneath your crown, it will need to be removed to treat your tooth. Cavity-causing bacteria can gain access to your tooth through small cracks that occur in the dental cement over time. You can support a cavity-free smile by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. Limit your consumption of sugars and starches.

Does Teeth Whitening Work on Dental Crowns?

Modern dental crowns are made of all-ceramic materials, which are stain-resistant. However, your teeth can change color over time, which might cause your crown to stand out. Teeth whitening can get your pearly whites up to 8 shades whiter, but it won’t have any effect on the color of your crown. Not only can it result in color inconsistencies, but whitening treatments may weaken the bonding material holding your crown in place. Your cosmetic dentist can create a personalized treatment plan to get your smile whiter without compromising your crown.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

The average lifespan of a dental crown is about 10 years, but it can last for much longer. Many factors affect a crown’s life expectancy, like the materials used, the tooth treated, and your aftercare routine. You can get the most from your investment with good oral hygiene and regular dental care. Moderate your consumption of hard or chewy foods to prevent damaging your restoration.