Dental Crown New Bern, NC

Dental Crowns An Overview

Whether you need to replace an existing cap or have a tooth that needs a crown, New Bern, NC dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard can create a custom dental crown that looks and feels like a natural tooth. Dr. Hoard uses a variety of materials including porcelain for a highly aesthetic, natural looking restoration. Dental crowns are a restorative dentistry procedure we offer to New Bern, NC.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover, or cap, placed over a tooth that is decayed, cracked or damaged. Tooth caps are used when a filling is an insufficient restoration. Dr. Hoard also uses dental crowns in cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve appearance of teeth that are misshapen, misaligned or discolored.

"When you see old friends and they say: ‘you haven’t changed a bit’…that’s when you know Dr. Hoard and girls did a wonderful job. Thanks for giving me my smile back."


Dental Crowns What to Expect

Initial Visit – Your first visit with Dr. Hoard will include a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, Dr. Hoard will look for hidden problems that could be impacting the look and health of your smile. Dr. Hoard will inform you on the various options you have for dental crowns and help you make the best choice.

Tooth Preparation – Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Hoard will remove a small amount of the natural tooth structure to allow the dental crown to fit over your tooth comfortably and securely. A temporary tooth cap will be placed over the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.

Final Restoration – In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our New Bern dentist office for the delivery appointment. Dr. Hoard will cement the tooth crown in place for a stable and permanent fit.

Dental Crowns FAQs

What is the cost of a dental crown?

The cost of a tooth crown depends on the material used, location of the tooth and specific condition of the patient. Before your treatment begins, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the dental crown cost. Dr. Hoard’s office staff will also assist you with any paperwork and billing to maximize your dental insurance benefits.

Is the dental crown procedure painful?

Dr. Hoard will make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed during your dental crown procedure. There is little or no pain associated with the procedure, though there may be some mild soreness when we prepare the teeth for the restoration. Dr. Hoard will discuss specifics during the treatment planning phase.

What should I do if I have a broken crown?

If you have a broken crown, please contact our New Bern NC dentist office for an appointment with Dr. Hoard. We try to see dental emergency patients on the same day whenever possible.

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns typically last for around 5 to 15 years. Regularly visiting the dentist for check-ups and following dental hygiene instructions can help make your crowns last longer.

Can I get a cavity under a crown?

Yes. Cavities can form under tooth crowns. Plaque can collect in the tiny gap between your tooth and the crown. This can cause a cavity to form. Regular check-ups with the dentist can help identify any potential problems before they become serious. You should brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly. This will help reduce the risk of cavities forming under crowns.

What age do people get crowns?

There is no age minimum age requirement for tooth crowns. However, most dentists will not recommend individuals under 18 years old get tooth crowns. There are exceptions. If your tooth damage is severe enough, a dentist might recommend a tooth to protect the original tooth. A dentist can apply a porcelain crown to protect the original tooth.