Dental crowns are hollow, tooth-shaped caps made of durable porcelain, designed to fit over a damaged tooth. Once a crown is in place, it will look, feel, and function like a real tooth. Crowns also protect your remaining tooth structure, which helps keep it healthy and prevent further damage. If you think you may have a damaged tooth in Minnetonka and need a dental crown, contact Glen Lake Family Dentistry for a consultation today.
We use lab-made porcelain dental crowns at our office, which can easily last 20+ years with proper care. This makes a dental crown an excellent long-term investment in your dental health.
Dental crowns are made from a ceramic porcelain material that matches your existing teeth perfectly. Your new crown will fit seamlessly into your mouth, and it will look, feel, and function just like a real tooth would.
It typically takes two appointments over a period of a couple of weeks to get a dental crown. Dr. Scott and Dr. Olson use the latest techniques to provide minimally-invasive treatment, and keep you comfortable throughout your procedure at your dentist in Minnetonka.
Once you get a crown, you can just treat it like you would treat a natural tooth. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see Dr. Scott or Dr. Olson every six months for a checkup. That’s it!
To begin the process, Dr. Scott or Dr. Olson will clean and numb your mouth. Then, they will remove any damaged enamel and prepare your tooth to make room for the crown. Next, they’ll take images and digital impressions of the newly-prepared tooth with our Trios intraoral scanner.
Once they’ve taken impressions of your tooth, Dr. Scott or Dr. Olson will apply a temporary crown to the tooth and send you home. Then, they will work with a dental lab to build your permanent dental crown. This usually takes 2-3 weeks.
Once your permanent crown has been built and sent to our office, you’ll come in for one last appointment. Dr. Scott or Dr. Olson will remove your temporary crown. Then, they will check the fit of the crown, make any necessary final adjustments, and bond it to your tooth using powerful dental cement. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new smile!
The answer is usually “yes.” If they are medically necessary, dental crowns are usually covered by dental insurance plans, up to all applicable limits. However, coverage may vary depending on your plan. We recommend contacting your insurer directly and consulting your policy for more details.
Not at all. We will numb the treatment area to keep you feeling comfortable. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the crown placement process. In fact, getting a crown can help protect your tooth and eliminate pain and sensitivity.