Dental Crowns in St. Louis
Ballas Dental Care provides dental crowns in St. Louis, MO. Call 314-432-5544 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Crowns are most commonly used to restore a tooth that has more decay than can be treated with a dental filling, but crowns also have many other purposes in dentistry. Crowns can repair broken teeth or be used for cosmetic purposes; they replace tooth structure that is removed for root canals and act as a support for traditional dental bridges. When a patient is getting a single-tooth dental implant, a crown is used to replace the visible portion of their missing tooth.
At Ballas Dental Care, we provide our patients with superior ceramic crowns for optimal strength and aesthetics. Your crown is carefully crafted to match the exact shade of your surrounding teeth in order to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. This means that even if you need a crown on a front tooth, it will look completely natural, so you’ll be able to smile with confidence.
The Dental Crown Process
The first step in getting a crown is taking impressions of your tooth so we can design a crown that matches its shape and size. We use intraoral scanners to take digital impressions for increased accuracy and improved patient comfort.
Next, your tooth is prepared for your crown by removing the damaged tooth structure. Another impression is taken to ensure that your crown fits the prepared tooth, then we place a temporary crown to protect your tooth while the permanent crown is being fabricated.
Once your final crown is ready, we ensure that it fits properly before bonding it onto your prepared tooth. With good oral hygiene practices, you can expect your crown to last a decade or more.
Frequently Asked Questions About Crowns
Are crowns worth it?
Yes, crowns are certainly worth it if your other option is to have your tooth extracted. It’s always best to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible and with an extraction, a bridge or dental implant will be needed to keep other teeth from shifting into the open space.
What’s the difference between a crown and a cap?
A crown and a cap are simply two different words for the same restoration. The term “cap” comes from the fact that a crown covers over your remaining tooth structure, similar to a cap on a bottle.
Does dental insurance cover crowns?
Yes, most dental insurance plans cover crowns that are medically necessary.
How do you maintain a dental crown?
Maintaining a dental crown is as easy as maintaining your natural teeth—brush for two minutes twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit the dentist every six months.
Which is better, ceramic or metal crowns?
We use all-ceramic crowns because they look natural and there are no concerns for patients with metal allergies.