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Dental Crowns – Plano, TX

How We Make Your Tooth Good as New

man showing off his smile with dental crowns in Plano

If you only have a small cavity, then a tooth-colored filling is often enough to fully repair it. However, teeth with more substantial cavities might require something more. Dr. Sam Antoon often recommends a dental crown in this situation. Dental crowns in Plano, TX are an incredibly versatile solution that can restore your tooth’s structure and function, all while looking 100% natural. If you have a broken or damaged tooth that is making it hard to smile or eat, call our team at Antoon Family Dental today to learn more about how we make your smile good as new with dental crowns!

What Is a Dental Crown?

dental crown being placed over a tooth

You can think of a dental crown as a sort of “cap” for a tooth. While fillings only replace a small area of lost tooth enamel, crowns cover up the entire section of the tooth that is visible above the gumline. Each crown is fully personalized to meet the patient’s unique needs and blend in with the surrounding teeth. Once the dental crown process is complete, the crowned tooth should essentially look and feel just like any other tooth.

Dr. Antoon will usually recommend a dental crown for a tooth that:

  • Has been decayed or weakened to the point that no other restorative solution will fix it
  • Needs to be protected after undergoing root canal therapy
  • Was severely injured and needs to be repaired
  • Is badly stained or discolored and will not respond to teeth whitening

The Dental Crown Process

dentist in Plano holding a dental crown on their finger

In most cases, getting a dental crown takes two appointments with your dentist in Plano. The first of these visits involves the preparation of your tooth. Dr. Antoon will either build up the tooth structure or remove a thin layer of enamel; otherwise, the restoration would look and feel unnatural. After the tooth is prepared, our team captures impressions of the tooth and sends them to a trusted dental lab.

While the lab technicians begin crafting your crown to our exact specifications, you’ll wear a temporary crown for a few weeks to protect the tooth. Once the crown is ready, you’ll return to our office. We’ll make any last-minute adjustments to ensure the crown feels great. Then, we’ll use a special cement to bond the crown to your tooth.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

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By placing a dental crown, we can protect a tooth from future damage that would otherwise require it to be extracted. There are all sorts of problems that can arise from missing a tooth – including the cost of replacing it – so it’s in your best interest to retain the tooth for as long as possible.

Fortunately, that’s pretty easy with dental crowns. As long as you take good care of your crown, it can last up to 10 or 15 years. Thanks to the durable yet lifelike materials we use, our dental crowns in Plano have a remarkably high success rate.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Crowns

A patient calculating the cost of dental crowns

While you may want dental crowns, you may worry about their price. Fair enough – these dental caps can’t help if they exceed your budget. Truthfully, though, the cost of dental crowns varies from patient to patient. That means you’ll need to consult Dr. Antoon for an exact estimate. Once you have, though, we’ll work to make your care affordable. Our team will even walk you through crown price factors and payment options. If you’d like to learn more, just keep reading for the relevant details.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dental Crowns

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At the initial consultation, Dr. Antton will perform an oral exam. This step allows him to assess factors that affect crown cost. These things include the following:

  • Damage Severity –  Based on the severity of tooth damage, a crown can cost more or less. For example, a pearly white with minimal injuries may only need the cap. With severe damage, though, the tooth may require preliminary work (root canal therapy, etc.). A crown will cost more in the latter case.
  • Crown Material – Metal crowns are typically cheaper. Meanwhile, those made of porcelain and ceramic are pricier.
  • Crown Processing  – When traditionally milled by a lab, a dental crown isn’t quite as expensive. In contrast, crowns created with same-day CEREC technology are pricier.

As we consider these factors, remember that cheap crowns aren’t ideal. Good oral health depends on high-quality treatment, which often charges more. Therefore, try to get a stable crown that’s effective and long-lasting.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?

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Fortunately, dental insurance typically does cover dental crowns. After all, most plan providers consider crown placement a major procedure. Many policies thus offer partial coverage up to 50% of the treatment cost.

That said, exceptions to this principle do exist. There’s always a chance your plan doesn’t cover crowns. Alternatively, its coverage may involve special rules. It’s a good idea, then, to confirm your benefits before pursuing treatment. Our office can even help with that process.

Other Options for Making Dental Crowns Affordable

A woman paying the cost of dental crowns with her dentist

Of course, insurance isn’t the only way to make crowns affordable. Other options exist, with helpful payment options being the best among them. These can make even an expensive crown budget-friendly.

For instance, look at our own Antoon Dental. We happen to offer:

  • In-House Discount Plans – By paying a low annual fee, our office will grant you significant discounts on dental crown treatment.
  • Flexible Financing – Our practice works with CareCredit – a reputable third-party financier. Through them, you could pay for a crown with low-interest, monthly installments.

As you can see, it’s possible for a crown to be functional and affordable. So, get more crown financing facts by booking a consultation with our office today!

Dental Crown FAQs

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Although a dental crown is the most common restorative procedure, it’s normal to have a few questions before you’re ready to commit to one. Dr. Antoon strives to ensure everyone is 100% confident in the decisions they make for their dental health. He will explain everything during your consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to frequently asked questions to ease your apprehensions.

Will a dental crown look natural?

A crown covers the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line. When envisioning the restoration, you may picture a silver cap covering a tooth. Although crowns were typically made of metal, modern restorations are made of porcelain to look like real teeth. Your dentist will craft your crown to match the appearance of your real teeth to blend in seamlessly. No one will be able to tell it’s not a natural part of your smile.

How long will my crown last?

While modern crowns are metal-free, they are equally durable. The average lifespan of a crown is about 10 years; however, it’s not unusual for them to last for decades with the proper maintenance. You can ensure your crown lasts for years by brushing, flossing, and using a daily mouthrinse. Your dentist will recommend avoiding hard, sticky, or chewing foods. It’s also important to protect your crown from damage by not using your teeth as tools and keeping inedible objects out of your mouth. Don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.

How much does a dental crown cost?

There’s not a flat fee for a dental crown because multiple factors affect their cost, such as preparatory treatments, the size of your tooth, and the materials used. After examining your mouth and designing a customized treatment, we’ll provide you with an estimate and explain the fees associated with your plan. We strive to keep the procedure within everyone’s budget, which is why we accept various payment methods, like third-party financing. You can pay for your restoration in monthly installments based on your credit approval.

Can I use my dental insurance to pay for my crown?

Generally, crowns are covered under dental insurance plans; however, there can be situations where they aren’t. A crown offers both restorative and cosmetic benefits. If the restoration is only needed for elective reasons, such as to hide dark discoloration, your insurance may not cover the cost. If the crown is deemed necessary for your oral health, you can use your annual allowance to offset the cost. Although every policy differs, your coverage can pay up to 80% of the cost after reaching your deductible. We know dental insurance is confusing, but we are here to help. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your dental insurance by filing the required claim forms, so you have one less thing to worry about. They’ll explain how your coverage is being used for your treatment, and if there’s any out-of-pocket expense.