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Dental Crowns

Decayed or damaged teeth can detract from your appearance and interfere with your dental function and oral health.

Dental crowns are natural-looking, tooth-shaped caps that have the strength and durability necessary for long-lasting results.

At Imagecare Dental Group in Plano, TX, our dentists provide high-quality crowns to restore function, aesthetics, and health.

Our Dentists Protect Compromised Teeth With Dental Crowns

Our dentists will often use a porcelain crown to reinforce a compromised tooth that has been affected by trauma or decay. They prefer porcelain crowns because they’re a versatile dentistry solution that is durable and blends in seamlessly with surrounding teeth.

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The Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Improved Oral Health: Dental crowns add strength and reinforcement to decayed, damaged, or broken teeth, reducing the risk of future problems.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Dental crowns can also be used to address cosmetic issues, including chipping, misshapen teeth, and deep discoloration.
  • Long-Lasting Results: Made from high-quality dental materials like porcelain, crowns can last up to 15 years with proper care – even longer in some cases.

When Is a Crown Necessary?

These are the main reasons your dentist may recommend a dental crown:

Weak Tooth

If a tooth is partially decayed or fractured, a crown can be used to reinforce the tooth and reduce the risk of future damage.

Broken Tooth

Some teeth can fracture but remain relatively healthy. In these cases, a crown can stabilize and restore the tooth.

Discolored Tooth

Deep intrinsic staining that does not respond to teeth whitening can be addressed with dental crowns.

Root Canal - Treated Tooth

Root canal therapy is used to treat infected teeth. After the root canal process, a dental crown is often placed to reinforce the tooth.

Dental Implant Restoration

We can attach crowns to dental implants. These titanium implants are placed in the jaw to replace missing tooth roots.

Schedule Your Dental Crown Consultation Today

Do you have concerns about the health or appearance of your smile? Our skilled team of dentists can determine an appropriate treatment plan for you.

Imagecare Dental Group has been proudly serving the Plano, TX, area since 1979. As a patient-centric practice, we strive to provide high-quality, personalized care at a fair price. We enjoy fostering relationships with our patients, and we treat you like family. That is something you simply will not find at corporate dental offices.

To request a consultation, contact us or call us at 972-618-5000.

Types of Dental Crowns

Imagecare Dental Group in Plano, TX, is a restorative dentistry practice offering a variety of dental crowns to meet a range of needs:

Temporary Crowns

Temporary crowns are typically made from a composite resin or acrylic material. A temporary crown is intended for short-term use while the dental lab creates your permanent crown. Your temporary crown can help you maintain a normal appearance, enunciation, and chewing efficiency during this time.

Same-Day Crowns

In many cases, we can use our iTero® digital scanner and CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) technology to create same-day permanent crowns in a single appointment for your convenience.

Porcelain Crowns

These permanent crowns are made from porcelain and mimic the natural translucency of dental enamel, making them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Same-day crowns are made of porcelain; more premium grades of porcelain may require having the crown made by a partner lab.

Implant-Supported Crowns

Instead of covering teeth, these crowns are attached to dental implants to completely replace a lost tooth from the roots to the chewing surface.

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Why Choose Us?

Here are several reasons why you should choose our Plano, TX, practice as your cosmetic dentistry provider:

  • Many Five-Star Reviews: Each and every day, we’re so grateful to know that we’ve met — and surpassed — our patients’ expectations. Thank you to all of our hundreds of patients who gave us five-star reviews!
  • Here Since 1979: From crowns to dental implants and more, we’ve been helping patients smile brightly since 1979.
  • We’re a Family: Our staff and our patients are all a part of the same family: the Imagecare Dental Group family in Plano, TX. We care about your health, happiness, and comfort.
  • We Stay Up to Date: Dentists know that new technology can mean better treatment for our patients. We strive to stay up to date so that we can offer you an excellent experience every time we see you.
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An Office Designed With Your Comfort in Mind

When you visit our Plano dentistry office, you’ll walk into what feels more like a living room than a waiting room. Our friendly staff will greet you like family and make sure that everything is in order for your appointment.

Feel free to grab a complimentary refreshment from our coffee bar and relax in front of our large-screen TV while your dentist prepares to meet you.

We’re here to make sure your crown treatment process is smooth and comfortable every step of the way. To get started, request an appointment by calling us at 972-618-5000.

Receiving Your Crown

Placement of a dental crown can be completed in one or two visits, depending on your specific needs. Here are the basic steps you can expect during treatment at Imagecare Dental Group in Plano, TX.


To determine the extent of your dental damage, one of our dentists will take digital X-rays of the affected teeth. This helps determine if any decay or infection has spread to adjacent teeth and confirms whether dental crowns are the most appropriate treatment option.


Your dentist will remove any decayed or damaged portions of the tooth structure. If necessary, we will remove infected tissue through root canal therapy. Next, we will carefully and conservatively remove small amounts of enamel to reshape your tooth. This creates a solid foundation for your new restoration.


After tooth preparation, your Plano dentist will take impressions of your prepared tooth. At our practice, we use a handheld wand to digitally capture these images. This is a more comfortable alternative to traditional putty impressions.

Crown Fabrication

If you opt for a same-day crown, we can upload these images directly to our milling machine, which can produce a custom-designed crown in less than an hour. Otherwise, we will send your impressions to our in-house lab, where a skilled ceramist combines layers of porcelain to achieve the right look. This process can take two to three weeks.

Final Placement

Patients who choose a same-day crown can receive their cap during that very same appointment. If you decide on a traditional crown manufacturing process, we will schedule you for another visit for placement. Before attaching the cap, our dentist will assess its fit, color, and appearance. We will then remove any temporary restoration and replace it with your permanent crown. Prior to cementing the crown in place, we will always allow you to take a look in the mirror and make sure you approve of your new smile.

Is This Type of Dentistry Covered by Insurance?

In many cases, yes. If your crown is being used for a restorative reason, like protecting a chipped or structurally damaged tooth, your insurance plan will most likely help cover the cost. However, a crown used for a cosmetic reason, like masking dental stains, will not be covered.


Our Plano practice accepts most types of dental insurance, and our friendly office staff will file your insurance claim on your behalf. We’ll work to make sure you receive the best possible coverage for your treatment.


If you are uninsured or paying out of pocket, financing is available through CareCredit® and LendingClub, two third-party lenders that can provide a low-interest or interest-free loan with a manageable monthly payment plan.

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Dental Crown Candidacy

To qualify for this type of treatment, patients must be free from gum disease, as this condition can impede the long-term success of your restoration. Furthermore, individuals should have a full understanding of the treatment process and realistic expectations of outcomes. Dental crowns are often a wonderful solution for patients with:

  • Moderate to severe tooth decay
  • Enough healthy natural tooth structure to support a restoration
  • Broken, cracked, or fractured teeth
  • Missing teeth (in the case of implant-supported crowns)
  • Cosmetic concerns, such as chips, cracks, or discoloration

Caring for Your Dental Crown

On average, crowns last a minimum of 5-15 years. Proper care and maintenance can protect your new investment and keep your smile in optimal condition. Here are a few recommendations from the dentists at Imagecare Dental Group in Plano, TX.

Brush and Floss Daily

Brush two to three times every day. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and choose a nonabrasive toothpaste formula. Some toothpastes contain harsh ingredients, which can actually scratch porcelain and enamel.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

At-home hygiene is essential, but so are routine dental exams and cleanings. Visit our dentists at least twice a year for routine maintenance. During these appointments, any potential dental problems can be detected and treated.

Don't Grind Your Teeth

If you wake up with a sore jaw or experience frequent headaches, you may be grinding your teeth. This can cause cracks or fractures in both a natural tooth and a dental crown, but a mouthguard can protect your teeth.

Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks

Crowns are resistant to staining. However, natural teeth are not. Consuming dark-colored foods and beverages can cause parts of your smile to darken over time, resulting in an unbalanced appearance. Limit coffee, tea, and red wine.

Use an Antibacterial Mouthwash

While dental ceramic is not vulnerable to cavities, the underlying tooth structure is. To reduce the risk of tooth decay, purchase an antibacterial, fluoride mouthwash. This helps fight cavity-causing bacteria between dental visits.

Dental Crown FAQ

Before you visit your dentist, here are answers to a few common questions:

Will treatment hurt?

No! We will gently inject a local anesthetic into your gums for virtually pain-free dental crown placement.

Do you offer sedation?

Yes! At Imagecare Dental Group in Plano, TX, we offer oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. We know that you might have been dealing with a lot of discomfort lately, so we want to make your visit as pleasant as possible. Talk to your dentist about the right sedation option for you.

What’s the relationship between a dental crown and a dental implant?

Essentially, a dental implant replaces the root of a tooth. It’s made of titanium, and it can support several types of tooth restorations. A crown replaces or repairs the tooth above the gumline. When placed on top of an implant, a dental crown replaces a single missing tooth from the root to the chewing surface.

You’re Not Alone. We Can Help!

The idea of placing a new dental crown — or replacing an older one — can sound daunting.

So, it may comfort you to know that the American College of Prosthodontics determined that dentists place about 2.3 million implant-supported crowns each year. They also note that of all the restorative dental procedures, adding an implant-supported crown to your smile is the most frequently-practiced one.

In other words, like many other people, you can benefit from this helpful procedure. If you’re ready to smile confidently again, we can assist you! If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact Imagecare Dental Group in Plano, TX, or call us to request your consultation at 972-618-5000.

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