Restore Your Damaged or Cracked Tooth
Having a cracked or decayed tooth can pose a serious risk to your smile if not immediately treated. It can also make simple tasks like eating, speaking, and smiling more difficult, with your self-confidence suffering as a result. Thankfully, Dr. Berchelmann offers patients non-invasive dental crowns to restore the appearance and function of their smile.
At Berchelmann Family Dental, our team is dedicated to restoring your teeth and giving you a smile ready for any social situation. Read on to learn how dental crowns can restore the function and appearance of your teeth for any social situation.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a custom, natural-looking cap that’s placed over your tooth, restoring its shape, appearance, and strength. Once Dr. Berchelmann carefully places your fixture, it will fully cover your damaged or crooked tooth from above the gum line. Dental crowns are designed to fit and feel natural, improving your oral health while restoring your overall confidence.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
If your tooth is cracked or severely damaged, Dr. Berchelmann may recommend a dental crown for your smile. Other various benefits that this easy, non-invasive restoration can provide patients with include:
- Protecting a weak tooth
- Restoring an already broken tooth
- Covering your tooth following root canal therapy
- Enhancing a small or poorly-shaped tooth
- Restoring a poorly stained tooth
Fix Your Smile in Just Two Appointments
Dr. Berchelmann can place your dental crown in as little as two appointments at our San Antonio office. During your first visit, our expert team will use our advanced imaging equipment to evaluate the health of your tooth all the way down to its root. We’ll forward this information with our dental lab to ensure your crown will be made to fit your smile just right.
When your dental crown is ready, you’ll return to our office for a second visit so that Dr. Berchelmann can begin the actual fitting process. He’ll start by applying a local anesthetic to the surrounding gum area so that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. Then, he’ll reshape your tooth and use a special adhesive to fasten the dental crown securely with the rest of your natural smile.
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials. Dr. Berchelmann will choose the type that works best for your specific oral health needs. Some commonly used materials include:
- Stainless Steel: These are prefabricated crowns used temporarily on permanent teeth.
- Metal Alloy: Made up of a concentration of gold or platinum. Base metal alloys including cobalt-chromium and nickel-chromium may also be commonly used.
- Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal: Dr. Berchelmann may suggest this type of crown to match the color of your adjacent teeth.
- All-Resin: These are a less expensive alternative to traditional crowns, but are not as durable as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
- All-Ceramic/All-Porcelain: These crowns provide a more natural color.
Once Dr. Berchelmann has examined your damaged tooth during your first visit, he’ll recommend to you the dental crown that best suits your individual needs. He’ll also be able to answer any questions and concerns you may have about our dental crowns.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Dental crowns can last 15 years or longer with the right oral health routine. Along with regular bi-annual appointments with Dr. Berchelmann, it’s also important to:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss daily and after meals
- Use mouthwash when needed
Avoiding bad habits like teeth grinding and chewing ice or your nails is also vital to protect your smile. Dr. Berchelmann may recommend a night guard to ensure your upper and lower teeth don’t touch — further protecting your crown while you sleep.
Frequently Asked Questions
Receiving a dental crown doesn’t hurt at all since the procedure is non-invasive and Dr. Berchelmann will also apply a local anesthetic. This will make sure that you don’t feel any pain while he fastens your crown. While you may feel some sensitivity after the procedure, this usually subsides on its own and you’ll soon feel confident in your new smile.
Dental crowns are completely safe and there is virtually no risk involved. Throughout your placement procedure, Dr. Berchelmann and our team will closely monitor your progress in order to prevent any potential complications. If you feel any discomfort or sensitivity afterwards, you can call our office at (210) 336-8478 to receive the necessary care your smile needs.
If you notice that your dental crown has become damaged, loosened, cracked, or is causing discomfort with your smile, we recommend contacting our San Antonio office immediately at (210) 336-8478. Dr. Berchelmann and our staff can fix and easily repair your custom restoration. We also recommend not trying to repair a damaged crown as it can make the situation worse and possibly damage your oral health.
Most insurance companies will cover all or a portion of your dental crown procedure. We recommend contacting your provider to get an accurate understanding of your coverage. Our staff can also work with you and your carrier to ensure that you get the necessary care your smile needs. At Berchelmann Family Dental, we’re proud to offer affordable financing options to make our dental care affordable and easily accessible.
Perfect Your Smile With a Dental Crown
Fix your damaged tooth to restore your beautiful smile. A dental crown is one of the best, non-invasive treatment options to protect your tooth for years to come. Are you eager to find relief from a damaged tooth or just want your smile back? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Berchelmann by calling (210) 336-8478 or by filling out an online contact form.