About Dental Crowns@headingTag>
To restore and protect cracked teeth, yellowing enamel, substantial decay, and more concerns, dental crowns go over the whole tooth. At DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC, crowns (also called caps) are sturdy, long-lasting covers that fit securely on top of the area of the tooth above the gumline for patients where dental decay is too big to be healed with a composite-resin filling or if the patient's tooth is cracked and requires a shield. Crowns may also be added to cover an off-color tooth as well as to increase the stability to a bridge. Crowns by our dentists at DentalWorks - Durham may be porcelain, ceramic, or metal, based on the placement of the crown. The less visible teeth generally need the added durability of metal, whereas the social teeth look more attractive with ceramic or porcelain crowns that are shaded to blend with the patient's natural teeth.
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"I have been going to Dental Works in Durham for about a year and every visit with both the orthodontics team and dentist team has been great. I recommend this Dental Works office."- S.S. / Google / May 01, 2017
"As a new patient being referred by existing patients, I went in for 2 surgical extractions and was VERY nervous. Jasmine the assistant did an excellent job calming, encouraging, assuring me and talking me through the whole process. Dr. Zhao is incredibly skilled, professional, gentle and an overall Dentist I would highly recommend to anyone looking for top notch care for an affordable rate. Thank you."- J.A. / Google / May 01, 2017
"Great staff. Dr Z is the best. I had quite a bit to have done but Dr Z made sure I didn't feel anything and Ingrid, Assistant is very comforting and professional. LaToya at the reception desk is very professional and kind. Way to go Dentalworks staff."- P.T. / Google / Apr 10, 2017
"This is the best dental experience that I ever had. The staff cleaned my teeth extremely well, walked me through the process, and it was very affordable. I will definitely be coming back!!! Highly recommend!!"- B.K. / Yelp / Mar 30, 2017
What to Expect@headingTag>
To craft a customized crown, our dentists initially prep the tooth by taking off a slim layer of enamel before taking dental X-rays and physical impressions of the tooth that will be delivered to a dental lab. A temporary cap will be placed over the tooth while the custom crown is being created. Once the custom crown is returned to DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC, our dentists will expertly set and fit the crown over the tooth. Our dentists can modify the cap for the most comfortable fit.
Some patients can have short-term soreness or heightened tooth sensitivity, however for the most part patients don't experience any discomfort once the cap is in place. With correct at-home care and recommended dental exams and cleanings, a dental crown can remain in place for at least ten years, based on the placement and material of the cap. It is possible that an infection or cavity can grow in the tooth under the crown, which usually requires a root canal therapy or another procedure.
When the dental crown is deemed necessary for the patient's health, dental insurance policies will usually pay part or most of the expenses, so our office staff at DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC will consult with the insurance company to calculate their coverage as well as the patient's personal expenses. Estimated expenses, payment methods, and financing options are accepted in our office in Durham, NC and can be explained at the patient's consultation with our dentists.
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Strengthen and Protect@headingTag>
A dental crown is placed to shield a decayed or broken tooth, or to mask a cosmetic flaw or discoloration. To improve the look or strength of a tooth, schedule an appointment with our dentists at DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC and decide if a crown is a possible option for your concerns.