Lafayette Dental Crowns

Dentist | Lafayette, La

What Is A Dental Crown?

Crowns are full coverage restorations used to cover a tooth that is either likely to break or too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly placed after a root canal treatment or when a large filling has worn out.

Even after a filling has been placed in a large cavity, a tooth is still likely to break. A broken, chipped or cracked tooth is a serious matter and much more difficult to treat. A crown will prevent this, while also improving your smile. Crowns are a great option to prevent further damage to a weakened tooth as well.

Why Would You Need A Crown?

There are several reasons someone may need to have a crown on their tooth. Some of these may include:

  • A cavity that is too large for a traditional filling
  • A tooth is cracked, weakened, or worn down
  • A root canal treatment has been performed
  • To cover a tooth that is discolored or badly shaped
  • Anchor a dental bridge
  • Cap and complete a dental impimplalant
  • Improve a misshaped tooth

Dental crowns can be used for both functional reasons as well as cosmetic reasons, restoring the structure of teeth and improving the appearance of teeth.

If you are interested in learning more about crowns, contact our office and schedule a consultation.

Dr. Toups doing Dental Crowns

How Do Crowns Work?

A crown is an artificial tooth, or an artificial tooth “cap” which replaces a missing tooth in the mouth. It fills the gap where the missing tooth was so that your smile looks natural, and you can eat and speak normally. Dental crowns are a complicated dental procedure which in some cases requires multiple appointments. You should only trust an experienced dentist with such a complicated procedure.

Dental crowns can make stained or discolored teeth appear whiter and more attractive. At our office, Dr. Toups offers different types of dental crowns. He can fit crowns made of either metal or porcelain.

Dental crowns are standard in restorative dentistry for restoring a tooth’s size and shape, improving the tooth’s health and strength, and restoring your confidence and beautiful smile.

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Dental Crowns Lafayette, La

What's The Dental Crown Process?

Dr. Toups will meet with you for a consultation to examine your teeth. X-rays may be taken to rule out oral health problems. We will discuss your concerns about your tooth and what materials would be ideal.

Then, he will file down your tooth all around the different surfaces to create the ideal shape and size to fit inside of a crown. Digital scans are taken of your tooth and sent to our dental lab that will create a tailor-made crown for your mouth. A shade guide is taken to match your crown to your natural teeth.

We will place a temporary crown over your tooth for protection and aesthetics. Once your official crown is ready at our office, we will call you back for a fitting and cement it to the tooth. After we polish the tooth, you’re all done!

Are you missing one or multiple teeth? If so, then Dr. Toups could “bridge” the gap of your teeth by using dental bridges. Bridges are designed to replace individual teeth or several teeth in a row, closing the gap caused by the missing teeth to restore your smile as well as your ability to chew and speak normally.


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we have about dental crowns.

Crowns cost differently based on several different factors. This is not a question we can answer easily. To get a estimate based on your wants and needs, give our office a call at 337-237-7005 or email us at [email protected]

No. During the crown placement process, we will numb your mouth to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort when your tooth is trimmed to make room for your crown. Afterwards, you might be a little sore but over the counter medicine should work on that discomfort. 

You should not have any “down time” after your crown is placed. The treatment is non-surgical and does not cause any serious pain or discomfort, so you can get back to your day-to-day routine immediately without having to worry about taking time off work or adjusting your schedule.

Crowns are usually used for restorative dentistry, but can be used as a cosmetic treatment in some cases. For example, a severely misshapen tooth may not be treatable with dental bonding or veneers, and may need to be covered up and capped with a dental crown. 

The great news is that there is no special treatment required for a crown. You can treat it just like a natural tooth. Brush floss like you do all your other teeth. 

Porcelain crowns usually last at least 15 years with proper care and maintenance, and it’s not uncommon for crowns to last 20+ years. The porcelain ceramic materials used to build your crown are very durable and similar to your enamel in strength and hardness, so you can expect your crown to last a very long time. 

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