Fix Your Damaged Tooth so It Looks Like New

A dental crown is a natural-looking cap that Dr. Berchelmann places over a tooth, restoring its shape, appearance, and strength. Once the crown is fastened into place, it will fully cover the tooth above the gum line.

A dental crowns will restore your confidence in your smile because it looks and feels so natural. Dr. Berchelmann may suggest a crown for the following reasons:

  • Protect a weak tooth
  • Restore an already broken tooth
  • To restore a tooth to full function following root canal therapy
  • To enhance a small or poorly-shaped tooth
  • To restore a deeply stained tooth

To find out if you’re a candidate for a dental crown, schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Berchelmann (210)-336-8478.

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What Are Dental Crowns Made of?

There are multiple materials used to craft dental crowns. Dr. Berchelmann will choose the right one for you depending on your particular needs. Here are some of the materials commonly used:

  • Stainless Steel: These are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent teeth — normally used as a temporary measure.
  • Metal alloys: Metal alloys made up of a high concentration of gold or platinum are often used. Base metal alloys such as cobalt-chromium and nickel-chromium may also be used.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal: To color match your adjacent teeth, Dr. Berchelmann may suggest using this type of crown. 
  • All-resin: These are a less expensive alternative to traditional crowns, but they’re not as durable as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
  • All-ceramic or all-porcelain: These crowns provide more natural color.

Once Dr. Berchelmann has examined and diagnosed your damaged tooth, he’ll recommend the best material to suit your individual needs.

It Only Takes Two Visits to Fix Your Smile

Placing a crown typically requires two office visits. The first visit will be for examination and preparation and the second visit will be for the actual fitting.

First Visit

During your initial visit, we’ll use our advanced imaging equipment to determine the health of your tooth all the way down to its root. We’ll share this information with our dental lab so your crown will look and fit just right.

Second Visit

As soon as your new crown is ready, you’ll return to our office and Dr. Berchelmann will place it. He’ll start by numbing the surrounding area. Then he’ll . reshape the tooth so the crown will have a snug fit.Finally, the crown is fitted and attached to the tooth using special dental adhesive. 

Caring for Your Dental Crown

Dental crowns can last up to fifteen years or even longer when given proper care. Taking care of your dental crown is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are essential. 

Avoiding bad habits like chewing ice or your nails. Not grinding your teeth is vital to protecting your smile and your crown. Dr. Berchelmann may recommend a night guard to ensure your upper and lower teeth don’t touch — further protecting your crown while you sleep.

Most importantly, you should schedule regular checkups with Dr. Berchelmann. This is the best way to protect your new dental crown. It will also help you save money in the long run by eliminating the need for more costly treatment in the future. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

How long do dental crowns last?

They generally last between 5 to 15 years depending on upkeep and care.

How much do dental crowns cost?

Dental crown prices vary dramatically depending on the material used and your unique situation. Of course, it’s possible to fall below the average price range depending on your insurance coverage and the specific type of crown you choose.

How do you take care of your dental crowns after the procedure?

Taking care of your dental crown requires regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash in addition to visiting Dr. Berchelmann for regular checkups.

Are dental crowns safe?

Dental crowns are very safe. Dr. Berchelamann will closely monitor your progress to prevent complications. 

Does insurance cover my dental crowns procedure?

Most insurance plans cover some or all of the procedures for restorative treatments such as dental crowns Berchelmann Family Dental will work with you and your insurance carrier to ensure you get the necessary care. 

What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental crowns?

If you notice that your crown has become damaged, loosened, or if it’s causing discomfort contact our office immediately. Trying to repair a damaged crown yourself could make the situation worse and damage your oral health.

Perfect Your Smile With a Dental Crown

Ready to get your beautiful smile back? A dental crown is one of the best ways to fix your damaged smile and protect it for years to come. If you’re eager to find relief from a damaged tooth or just want your smile back, schedule a consultation by calling (210)-336-8478. 

We can’t wait to meet you and help you with your smile.