Dental Crowns in Winston-Salem
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a protective covering or “cap” that covers the entire tooth. Dental crowns can make teeth stronger and replace any missing tooth structure.
When are dental crowns a great option for you?
- When a back tooth is cracked
- When a tooth has large areas of decay or cavities
- When a front tooth has a large chip in it
- To protect a tooth after root canal treatment
What do crowns do for you as a patient?
They are made from the strongest materials. Crowns cover the entire chewing surface of the tooth with a very strong material that is highly resistant to fracture or chipping. This means you can enjoy your favorite foods without worry.
Our dental crowns are very esthetic. Dental crowns are also very esthetic and are indistinguishable from other natural teeth. They are also more resistant to staining which allows you to smile with confidence.
They feel just like your natural tooth. Dental crowns feel the same to your tongue and lips because they replicate the natural anatomy of your natural tooth.
Crowns are maintained just like your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing are performed in the same manner as with natural teeth.
Crown provide protection from future decay. The tooth is much more resistant to dental decay and cavities because the crown material cannot be decayed by bacteria.
A dental crown can be made of many different materials
- We'll choose the best material for your mouth. There are many crown materials available. Drs. Benton and Nelson will choose the best option for your mouth.
- Beautiful tooth-colored materials are our most popular. There are tooth-colored crown materials, such as porcelain and zirconia, that will match the natural shade of your tooth perfectly.
- Gold is also available (upon patient request). Gold can also be a treatment option for the back teeth if the patient requests it. Some gold restorations can last over 70 years!
Crowns at Our Office
Experienced dentists who provide comfortable care:
Drs. Benton and Nelson are experts at restorative dentistry and crowns. They have many years of experience at creating crowns in all teeth in the mouth.
The best materials at a local Winston-Salem dental lab:
While crowns can be made by labs anywhere in the world, Drs. Benton and Nelson work with a local lab right here in the Winston-Salem area. Using a local lab ensures Drs. Benton and Nelson that they have an experienced technician who they know, and guarantees that the lab will use the strongest and most esthetic materials.
What is the process of getting a dental crown like?
Your First Visit
Having a custom dental crown made for your tooth is simple, straight-forward, and painless! The process typically takes two visits. During your first appointment, the tooth will be shaped to allow the crown to fit. Then, an impression or mold of your mouth will be made. Our office takes digital impressions, meaning no mess and no more gagging! Instead of using the traditional impression trays with impression material, a small wand is used to scan your mouth and create a digital impression. After the impression, Dr. Nelson will choose the perfect shade to match your tooth and send all of the information to our dental lab where an esthetic, customized crown will be fabricated.
Your Second Visit
During your second appointment, the crown will be cemented into your mouth. After making sure the crown fits perfectly and blends seamlessly with the rest of your teeth, Dr. Nelson will use adhesive to permanently attach the crown to your natural tooth. Then, we will check your bite and make any needing adjustments to ensure everything feels perfect.
Does your office do same-day crowns?
Some dental offices make same-day crowns using an in-office milling machine. One advantage of same-day crowns is it saves the patient a visit. At this time, Dr. Nelson prefers to send all of his crowns to our Winston-Salem based dental laboratory. Though patients will need an additional office visit, we've found our lab-made crowns have excellent craftsmanship and superior esthetics. Though in-office milling machines can also make quality crowns, Dr. Nelson tells his patients that he would want a lab-made crown for his own mouth and would want the same for his patients!
What if I am nervous about getting a dental crown?
Our office employs multiple techniques to help keep you at ease while in the dental chair. We will discuss all of our options with you thoroughly so you can choose the best treatment for you.
We have the most effective, pain-free, and up-to-date numbing techniques. During any treatment, Drs. Nelson and Benton pride themselves on using state-of-the-art techniques to deliver painless numbing. We utilize the latest and most effective techniques for anesthesia.
Calming nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available. For patients with anxiety, nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” will help eliminate nervousness and promote a more calm, tranquil state of mind.
We offer stress-free sedation dentistry. Dr. Nelson is one of the only general dentists in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad area who is trained and licensed in all forms of sedation dentistry. Patients are always given the option to choose dental sedation during their procedures to guarantee a stress-free experience. In fact, most patients say that going to the dentist was never easier and that they have no memory of the procedure at all!
How much does a dental crown cost?
The fee for a dental crown may vary depending on whether the tooth requires a filling beneath the crown for support. The fee for a tooth-colored dental crowns at our office is $1258*.
How can I afford a dental crown?
We Accept and File All Dental Insurance Policies
Our office provides excellent care at an affordable price. We accept and file all dental insurance policies and will fight on your behalf so that you receive the maximum benefit.
Financial Plans are Available
We offer financing plans that allow you to fit your needs into your budget.
Discounts for Patients Without Dental Insurance (Cash Pay)
We also offer discounts to patients without dental insurance or for those who prefer to pay in cash.
Images of Crowns at our Office
To see our smile gallery of esthetic dental crowns, click the link here
*Fees are quoted from our office's January 2021 fee schedule and are subject to change. Changes in fees are typically nominal (less than a 3% adjustment).