Dental Crowns Waco

Make Damaged Teeth Look Like New Again

Illustrated dental crown in Waco being fitted over a tooth

At Heart of Texas Smiles General & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re happy to offer a wide range of restorative dentistry services to Waco families including custom porcelain crowns. A dental crown is often placed when a tooth is damaged due to decay or injury. It completely encases the natural tooth, sealing off compromised areas to prevent future bacterial invasion. Crowns also restore strength and function, allowing the patient to continue eating a varied diet of nutritional and delicious foods. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you smile with a custom dental crown in Waco, call us to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Heart of Texas Smiles General & Cosmetic Dentistry for Dental Crowns?

  • CEREC Technology Used for Greater Convenience
  • Porcelain Materials Create Natural-Looking Appearances
  • Personalized Treatment Plans for Each Patient

Benefits of Porcelain Crowns

White dental crown over a tooth in a model of the mouth

While some dental crowns are made with metal components like gold or palladium, modern aesthetic crowns are crafted using tooth-colored porcelain that mimics the appearance of natural enamel. This allows us to improve the structural integrity of your tooth without marring the seamless look of your smile. Our patients enjoy the cosmetic appeal of porcelain crowns, particularly when the tooth that requires treatment is located in a highly visible area of the mouth.

Crowns can be used to cover a cosmetic flaw, repair a damaged tooth, or affix a dental bridge. Crown and bridge treatment replaces one or more consecutive missing teeth. The replacement teeth are held securely and permanently in place by two crowns on either side of the gap caused by the missing teeth. The result is a fully restored smile that still looks and feels natural.

Same-Day Crowns Are Available

Dentist placing a small ceramic block in a same day dental crown machine

Because we know that convenience is a big factor when you consider which dentist to choose in Waco, we have equipped our office with technology that allows us to design, create, and place your porcelain crowns all in one simple visit. The CEREC same-day dental crown system features 3D imaging technology and an on-site milling unit to take digital impressions and craft your beautiful custom crown right here in about an hour. This added convenience is just one of the ways we ensure that every visit to our office is pleasant and comfortable.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns are one of the most common and versatile methods of treating a decayed tooth, but if you’ve never gotten one before, you might not have any real idea about what you can expect one to cost. We want our patients to understand as much as they can about the finances of their procedures, so until we can give you a complete estimate of the price of care, here’s what you should know about budgeting for dental crowns.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are an incredibly versatile treatment, one that can be heavily customized to fit your needs. As a consequence, your dental crown can vary from others in a myriad of ways, which will impact its cost. For example:

  • The material that your dental crown is made out of
  • How many crowns you need
  • What kind of preliminary treatments you’ll get before your dental crowns (i.e., root canals or dental implants)

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?

Typically, dental crowns placed for medically necessary reasons will be at least partially covered by insurance. While every plan is different, you can expect to have around 50% of the cost of your dental care covered, and we’ll help you coordinate with your dental plan to determine what’s possible for you.

Other Options for Making Dental Crowns Affordable

If you don’t have insurance, there are other methods available to you to help make your care affordable. For one, we offer a Quality Dental Plan where, for a flat annual fee, you can get substantial discounts on the care that you receive from us. This is in addition to a host of complementary services that can make maintaining your long-term oral health much easier.

We also accept financing through CareCredit and Lending Club, both of which can split the cost of care into affordable monthly payments. With all of the options available to you, getting the smile you always wanted is easier than ever!

Dental Crown FAQs

Any questions you have about dental crowns – from how long they last to how you’ll know it’s time to get a new one – you can share with us at your appointment. With that said, we know that many of our patients value being able to do some research online as well. If that’s the case for you, read on – this next section is dedicated to answering FAQs!

Do dental crowns get cavities?

Since dental crowns are made from materials like porcelain, they cannot decay. It is important to note, though, that your underlying tooth still can! In other words, just because the restoration won’t develop a cavity doesn’t mean that you don’t have to take care of it. To keep it (and your oral health) in pristine condition, make sure to implement a solid oral hygiene regimen, get a dental checkup and cleaning every six months, and avoid consuming added sugar in excess.

Is it a dental emergency if your crown falls off?

Dental crowns typically last 5-15 years. If it falls off within this time frame, you should contact our waco dental team asap. Over the phone, a helpful member of our team will schedule an appointment for you and provide you with detailed instructions on how to protect your tooth in the meantime.

Note: if your dental crown is new and it comes loose, it’s also important to get an appointment on the calendar asap. In the meantime, store your restoration somewhere safe (like a small, clean container), and make sure to bring it with you to our office.

How do you know when a dental crown needs to be replaced?

Since dental crowns aren’t permanent, it’s important to keep your eye out for warning signs that it needs to be replaced. Instability, pain, and a significant chip are a few examples. Of course, we will also examine your restoration at your biannual checkups. If we notice that it isn’t secure, it’s damaged, or it’s simply time to have it replaced, then we will let you know and get to work on having a new one made.

Can dental crowns be whitened?

Since dental crowns don’t have the same porous surface that enamel does, they can’t be whitened. At your initial appointment, we will help you select a shade that seamlessly blends in with your surrounding teeth so that no unwanted attention is drawn to your smile. Of course, if there comes a time in the future when you want to change the color of your restoration, then you’re welcome to schedule an appointment with us. From there, we can determine what your options are.

Does it hurt to get a dental crown?

If you’ve been putting off getting a dental crown because you’re scared it’s going to hurt, you’ll be happy to know that the entire treatment process is painless. After all, the first step for each patient is always the same: numbing the area of your mouth we’ll be working on.