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.

Installation

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.

Google Verified Patient Reviews

Keiko Nakamoto
5 months ago
Just had my second visit to Dr. Upton. On my first visit, Dr. and his assistant, Jessica, did a thorough evaluation of my situation. He asked me questions about my dental history and actually listened carefully to my concerns. Then he left to review my x-rays and options for treatment. When he returned, he gave me some options, which I REALLY appreciated. He even took into consideration my dietary habits and the fact I don't like prescription medications. Not even my physicians gave me that kind of concern!! Today I had my tooth pulled out and he took into consideration my financial situation and did it under local anesthesia, where my previous experience was done under general anesthesia. It was less expensive and totally tolerable. I'm glad that he considers the whole patient, the tolerance to pain, the budget and the treatment preferences. I also appreciate that he sat on a stool and spoke to me face to face. His office staff, Jessica, Megan and Priscilla are all equally attentive and considerate. Thank you everyone 💓! Yes, I would recommend their services to anyone in need of dental care.
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Meg Coffey
8 months ago
Professional, courteous and thorough. Dr Baker and staff take time to explain what they’re doing, what options you have and check often in your comfort level during procedure. Very happy to recommend them to anyone in the market for dental services.
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Frances Given
11 months ago
I've been a patient of this practice for over forty years (even though we moved almost 17 years ago) and their consistent, thorough and friendly care can't be beat! Drs Upton and Baker, as well as, the entire staff have been and are always attentive, caring and never fail to provide the best dental care!
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J C
1 year ago
I’m thankful that I found this dental practice. From the staff, upfront, to the dental assistant Kelly, and Dr. Baker, they have been absolutely wonderful. After having had previous experiences that were not ideal, I was reluctant to find a new dentist that I could trust. I read all the five star reviews for Upton & Baker and tried it out for myself, very happy that I did as they make you feel right at home. Dr. Baker is absolutely wonderful and fantastic and I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s Very professional and skilled, top to bottom. Cannot recommend him more highly. Dr. Baker is so thorough and informative, and lets you know every step of the way what’s going on so there are no surprises. Very calming, as well. Thank you!!
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This was by far the best dental visit I have had in years. Priscilla was great assisting me with getting my appointment booked and offering me an earlier appointment when one came available. Bonnie was AMAZING!! She went very in depth in my cleaning and took the time to help me understand what she was doing and the benefits of each step, no dentist has ever taken the time to help me understand more about my gums and teeth like she did...very educational! Doctor Kevin Upton was great too, he is very friendly and personable. Will be booking all of my dentist appointments with them from now on. 10/10
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Keiko Nakamoto
5 months ago
Just had my second visit to Dr. Upton. On my first visit, Dr. and his assistant, Jessica, did a thorough evaluation of my situation. He asked me questions about my dental history and actually listened carefully to my concerns. Then he left to review my x-rays and options for treatment. When he returned, he gave me some options, which I REALLY appreciated. He even took into consideration my dietary habits and the fact I don't like prescription medications. Not even my physicians gave me that kind of concern!! Today I had my tooth pulled out and he took into consideration my financial situation and did it under local anesthesia, where my previous experience was done under general anesthesia. It was less expensive and totally tolerable. I'm glad that he considers the whole patient, the tolerance to pain, the budget and the treatment preferences. I also appreciate that he sat on a stool and spoke to me face to face. His office staff, Jessica, Megan and Priscilla are all equally attentive and considerate. Thank you everyone 💓! Yes, I would recommend their services to anyone in need of dental care.
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Meg Coffey
8 months ago
Professional, courteous and thorough. Dr Baker and staff take time to explain what they’re doing, what options you have and check often in your comfort level during procedure. Very happy to recommend them to anyone in the market for dental services.
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Frances Given
11 months ago
I've been a patient of this practice for over forty years (even though we moved almost 17 years ago) and their consistent, thorough and friendly care can't be beat! Drs Upton and Baker, as well as, the entire staff have been and are always attentive, caring and never fail to provide the best dental care!
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J C
1 year ago
I’m thankful that I found this dental practice. From the staff, upfront, to the dental assistant Kelly, and Dr. Baker, they have been absolutely wonderful. After having had previous experiences that were not ideal, I was reluctant to find a new dentist that I could trust. I read all the five star reviews for Upton & Baker and tried it out for myself, very happy that I did as they make you feel right at home. Dr. Baker is absolutely wonderful and fantastic and I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s Very professional and skilled, top to bottom. Cannot recommend him more highly. Dr. Baker is so thorough and informative, and lets you know every step of the way what’s going on so there are no surprises. Very calming, as well. Thank you!!
More
This was by far the best dental visit I have had in years. Priscilla was great assisting me with getting my appointment booked and offering me an earlier appointment when one came available. Bonnie was AMAZING!! She went very in depth in my cleaning and took the time to help me understand what she was doing and the benefits of each step, no dentist has ever taken the time to help me understand more about my gums and teeth like she did...very educational! Doctor Kevin Upton was great too, he is very friendly and personable. Will be booking all of my dentist appointments with them from now on. 10/10
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