About Dental Crowns
While most commonly used to restore a tooth where a cavity is too large to be filled, dental crowns can also be used to fix damaged or broken teeth, severe discoloration, or even improve your overall "bite", and gum health. Dental crowns, also known as "caps" are coverings placed over the whole tooth after the decay or damage is removed. They can be made of metal, porcelain, ceramic, or other materials, but for the front teeth most patients want a material that looks as natural as possible. For more aesthetic purposes, porcelain and ceramic are used to match the natural color of the teeth. Dr. Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry can recommend the best dental crown material for both appearance and functionality.
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"A PLEASANT VISITI visited Dr. Neela Patel's office for the first time Nov 2019 for the military veteran's smile event. I was able to fill my paperwork out ahead of time with the help of the excellent receptionist to save time during the initial visit. As I entered the office I noticed the lobby was modern, warm & welcoming. Quickly, my initial evaluation was conducted with 3D panoramic high tech equipment and a friendly technician. After the evaluation, I was escorted back to the lobby and offered light refreshments as I enjoyed the joyful music. As I enjoyed my snacks , I noticed another patient that was obviously suffering from some anxiety due to a dental visit. I witnessed the receptionist come from behind the desk to comfort the patient both verbally and physically. As I observed tears subside , pacing reduce and peace fill the room , I was nothing short of impressed with how the office staff when above and beyond to comfort patients. I met Dr. Patel during my procedure and her bubbly personality was delightful ! Another technician finished the job and answered all of my question regarding preventive maintenance and dental care. As I was leaving , I was given a "to go" bag with recommended products to continue my dental health journey. I was reminded that my teeth will be the last identifiable part of my body and how long they last is a direct reflection of my involvement of care. Although it was only my first visit, it felt as if I was visiting a friend to do homework at their home. THANK YOU Dr. Patel and the wonderful support staff! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS OFFICE TO ALL SEEKING DENTAL CARE :)"- S.M. / SmileReminder / Dec 21, 2019
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"I was very impressed with Dr Patel and her staff - to a person they are wonderfully efficient and gracious. Her work is outstanding, my bite has always been complicated but she shaped my new fillings expertly and they have been totally comfortable. I also have TMJ problems and a small mouth and typically experience discomfort after dental work. She and her assistant managed things quite well and I had zero soreness afterward. She also used 'anti-numbing' at the end to speed up the process of normalization which cut the time in half, so I was presentable and could resume work more quickly."- M.R. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
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What to Expect
Dr. Patel first prepares the tooth by removing any decay and existing old filling, then takes digital pictures and impressions of the tooth that will be sent to the dental laboratory. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth while the custom crown is being made. When the permanent crown is returned to the office, Dr. Patel will carefully fit and set it on the tooth with some adjustments for a more comfortable fit before permanently bonding it.
Some patients may experience temporary discomfort or tooth sensitivity, but most patients do not usually have any pain after a crown is placed. With proper home care and regular dental cleanings and exams, a crown may last for 10 – 40 years depending on the material of the crown, and the care of the tooth. In some cases, if the decay is extensive and has gotten too close to the nerve, a root canal may be needed either before or after the crown is placed.
If the crown is considered medically necessary, in-network dental insurance typically covers 50% of the cost, so our office will check with your insurance to determine your coverage and out-of-pocket expenses. Estimated costs, payment options, and financing available through our office can be discussed during your consultation with our experienced administrative team.
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Strengthen and Protect
A crown can be used to protect a broken or decayed tooth, as well as hide a discoloration or cosmetic flaw. To fix the appearance or health of a single tooth, contact Houston Heights Dentistry and find out if a dental crown is a good option for your needs.