Upton and Baker DDS - Wake Forest

Dental Crowns in Wake Forest

Dental crowns play a vital role in restorative dentistry, significantly enhancing the strength, aesthetics, and durability of your teeth.
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Perfectly Seamless Tooth Restoration

A dental crown serves as a protective “cap” positioned atop a tooth that has experienced fractures, undergone root canal therapy, become discolored, suffered decay, or displays an irregular shape. Uniquely tailored and precisely fitted, these dental crowns seamlessly harmonize with the color and shape of your original teeth, boasting a lifespan exceeding 15 years. Additionally, crowns are occasionally employed to secure a dental bridge, crown a dental implant, or fulfill specific cosmetic alterations and aesthetic desires.

How Does The Process For Getting A Crown Work?

You should expect that it can take up to two appointments to get a crown shaped and fully installed.

Examining The Tooth

Similar to all other dental procedures, the process commences with a dental assessment, in which the dentist examines and cleans your teeth, ensuring their readiness for a seamless placement. Should the tooth be fractured or significantly impaired due to decay, the affected portions will be extracted, facilitating the dental crown in its role of safeguarding the tooth against progressive decay.

Shaping Crowns For You

Subsequently, utilizing dental putty, we will create an impression of your teeth, a crucial step in crafting complete porcelain crowns. Following this, a provisional dental crown will be placed on your teeth, serving as a temporary solution until your next appointment. In scenarios where a tooth is absent and there’s a desire to replace it with a dental implant, an impression of the implant and the neighboring teeth will be taken. This impression will then be employed by our laboratory to produce a personalized crown tailored to your specifications.


During your second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and exchanged with a permanent one. The crown will be firmly affixed using either resilient dental cement or a concealed screw mechanism. To finalize the procedure, we will refine the crown’s surface to a polished finish and make any essential modifications to guarantee your utmost comfort and confidence.

The Cost Of A Dental Crown In Wake Forest

The expense of a dental crown can significantly differ from patient to patient. Under a standard insurance plan, a single crown usually averages around $200 to $600 or more. In the absence of insurance, a reasonable estimate for a crown would range from approximately $800 to $1200 and beyond. Many individuals consider a dental crown an obvious choice to restore the appearance and function of their mouth, but the cost might still give you pause.

The determination of the cost of a dental crown involves several factors:
  • The type of crown and the chosen material.
  • The intricacy and location of the procedure.
  • The potential need for multiple crowns.
  • The integration of crowns with other dental solutions like bridges.
  • Specific supplies and equipment required for your personalized treatment.

It’s essential to remember that no dental clinic can provide an accurate quote via phone. Your requirements are as unique as your smile. Consulting with a dentist and undergoing an oral examination is crucial to explore your treatment alternatives and obtain a precise quote. If you possess dental insurance, we’re here to assist you in obtaining a quote for submission, allowing you to understand your out-of-pocket expenses before reaching a decision.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Needing a crown after a root canal depends highly on the location of the tooth in the mouth—teeth towards the back of the mouth like molars and premolars are needed more for chewing, and generally require crowns, where incisors or canines which aren’t needed for chewing don’t always require crowns.

When comparing a crown to a filling, a notable contrast arises in terms of durability, particularly for teeth with extensive biting surfaces. The constant strain stemming from chewing or habitual clenching can lead to fillings on the biting areas of molars chipping or becoming dislodged. Conversely, a crown, encompassing an uninterrupted surface stretching from gumline to gumline, is engineered to withstand considerably greater force over an extended duration.

Dental crowns fulfill two significant functions within your oral cavity. Primarily, they serve to fully reinstate your tooth’s functionality, enabling you to bite and chew without any pain, discomfort, or the need to overcompensate by chewing on a specific side. Secondly (though equally vital), crowns are meticulously crafted to harmonize seamlessly with your original teeth. This entails matching their color and contours to your natural aesthetic. In fact, there are instances when individuals completely overlook which tooth has been crowned.

A post isn’t precisely analogous to a dental implant (which is surgically embedded in the jawbone), but it lives up to its name: a medical-grade support that can be affixed within a prepped root canal to fortify the foundation and core of a dental crown. Dental posts come into play only when there’s insufficient sound tooth structure to securely support a crown.

The sensation of receiving a crown can somewhat resemble getting a filling, contingent upon the condition of your tooth. We adopt a deliberate approach, ensuring the area is gently numbed, and if required, local anesthesia is administered to ensure a painless tooth preparation process. It’s possible to experience mild sensitivity or brief gum soreness around the treated tooth in the aftermath of the procedure. Should dental visits evoke anxiety, do inform us! We are enthusiastic about alleviating your concerns and ensuring your visit is as soothing and comfortable as can be.

In most cases, dental crowns can last up to 15 years. However, if they are properly maintained, they can last for 25-30 years.

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Grace K

Every one is friendly and genuinely concerned for your well being. I have been with them for over 17 years and would not think of going anywhere else. Teeth can be difficult at times and they do all they can to alleviate all problems.

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My family has been going to this office for over 35 years. We have always been completely satisfied. Great care, always respected, and we always get clear details on what is being watched or may be an issue in the future. They keep great records, so they know when there has been a significant change over a 6 month period. We are very grateful to have this practice in Wake Forest, NC.

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Dr. Upton fixed my chipped bottom front tooth perfectly. Quick and painless. Thank you!

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