Dental Crowns

What are Dental Crowns?

Over the years, your teeth lose their size and shape due to damage for a variety of reasons, such as decay, trauma, or natural wear and tear. A dental crown can restore the aesthetics and functionality of the affected tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth restoration that restores the size, shape, and appearance of a tooth that has been damaged due to trauma or decay. There are several different types of crowns. The process of getting a crown requires several visits to the clinic.
Dr. Gaurav Tyagi at Luminescence Dentistry in Dallas has the knowledge and experience to place dental crowns and restore your smile, giving you back your confidence.

Types of Dental Crowns

There are several different types of crowns:
●     Metal
●     Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM)
●     Composite resin
●     All-porcelain/ceramic
Dr. Tyagi will work with you to determine the best one based on the location of the affected tooth, your goals for treatment, and your budget.

Crown Placement Procedure

Typically, crown placement takes several visits. First, the tooth must be prepared. Then, an impression must be made so that the lab can fabricate your crown, which may take several days or weeks. You will be given a temporary crown to protect the tooth while you wait for your permanent one.
Here’s what to expect your crown placement procedure to look like:


The first step is your consultation. Dr. Tyagi will start by examining your mouth and taking x-rays to determine if any of your teeth require a dental crown. If we determine that a crown would be beneficial, we will choose a shade that will match the rest of your teeth, especially if it is a front tooth.
If you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to address them at this time. If you have dental anxiety, please let us know so that we can include sedation in your treatment plan.

Tooth Preparation

Before a crown can be placed on your tooth, we must prepare it. In order to ensure the crown fits properly, this often means the tooth must be filed down some. If this isn’t done, it could cause the crown to be weak, resulting in loss of healthy tissue.
Before any work is done, we will numb the area with local anesthesia. If there is significant injury or decay in the tooth, Dr. Tyagi may perform a root canal or build-up. We strive to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible.

Impressions and Fabrication of Crown

Once the tooth is prepared, we will pull the gum tissue back from the tooth so that we can get a clear view of it. This process is known as gingival retraction. The next step is to create an impression or model of the tooth. This will be sent to the lab for the fabrication of your crown.  

Temporary Crown Placement

Typically, it takes several days or weeks for your permanent crown to be delivered to the clinic. We do not want to leave the tooth exposed and susceptible to additional damage, so a temporary crown will be placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent other teeth from shifting. The temporary crown will be attached with temporary dental cement.

Permanent Crown Placement

Finally, when we have your permanent crown, we will schedule your appointment to have it placed. We start by removing the temporary crown and thoroughly cleaning the tooth.
Then, we will check to ensure that the crown fits properly. If not, we can make some minor adjustments in the office. Once we are sure that it fits properly, we will secure it with dental cement that will last for years.
Finally, we will check to make sure your bite is even. If not, we may need to file down the opposing tooth.


Following the procedure, Dr. Tyagi will give you specific instructions on how to care for your dental crown properly. Some of the general recommendations are:
●     Avoid putting too much pressure on the crown when brushing your teeth
●     Gently floss every day
●     Avoid hard or sticky foods, such as popcorn or nuts
●     Chew on the opposite side
●     Use an OTC pain reliever or topical gel as needed
●     Visit the clinic every 6 months for an exam and cleaning

How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?

The cost of a dental crown ranges from around $500 to $2,500,depending on the material and your dental insurance coverage. Many dental plans cover up to half of the cost of dental crowns unless the purpose is primarily cosmetic. The average cost of each type of crown with insurance is:
●     Ceramic/Porcelain: $800 to $3,000 per tooth
●     Metal: $600 to $2,500 per tooth
●     Porcelain-fused-to-metal: $500 to $1,500per tooth
●     Composite Resin: $400 to $600 per tooth
Our office staff will contact your insurance provider to determine coverage. We will provide you with a quote outlining your cost during your consultation visit. If insurance does not cover your crown or if you need help, we offer options for financing. After all, we don’t want your finances to get in the way of your dental treatment.

Before and After

If you have a damaged tooth, a dental crown can significantly change your life. This dental restoration restores the aesthetics and function of your tooth.

About Dr. Gaurav Tyagi

Dr. Tyagi graduated from the University of California San Francisco with his dental degree in 2012. After that, he spent 7 years in private practice before going to Rutgers to complete a 3-year residency in prosthodontics. He is an expert in smile makeovers, full mouth rehabilitations, dental implants, and more.
He will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan, taking your condition as well as your goals into consideration. He believes that everyone deserves a smile they can be proud of.

Do You Need a Dental Crown? Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you have a tooth that is damaged due to decay, trauma, or natural wear and tear, schedule your consultation today to find out if you qualify for a dental crown. A crown can restore the appearance and functionality of a damaged tooth.

Dental Crown FAQs

We work with a lot of patients at Luminescence Dentistry and get a lot of questions. Some of the most common questions we are asked about dental crowns include:

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are a dental procedure used to restore the aesthetics and functionality of a damaged tooth. They are tooth-shaped “caps” that fit over the tooth.

Why are dental crowns necessary?

Some of the most common reasons for dental crowns include:
●     Cover/protect a cracked/broken tooth
●     Cover/support a large filling
●     Anchor a dental bridge
●     Protect a tooth after a root canal
●     Prosthetic tooth used with a dental implant
●     Improve the appearance of teeth that are small or misshapen
●     Improve your smile

Does dental insurance cover crowns?

Most dental insurance plans do cover a portion of treatment. Some cover up to 50% of a dental crown. However, if the purpose is purely cosmetic, insurance may not cover any part of it. Our office staff will work with your provider to find out.

Are dental crowns painful?

You will be given local anesthesia before we get started, so you should not feel any pain at all. If you have dental anxiety, we can also offer sedation to help you relax. While healing, you may have some tenderness, which can usually be addressed with OTC pain relievers or topical gels.