A dental crown is used to protect vulnerable teeth, hold broken teeth together, add strength and durability to weakened teeth, cover up imperfections like discoloration, or used to complete a tooth restoration like a dental bridge or implants.
Crowns are most often used in response to a severely decayed, damaged, or broken tooth or to protect a tooth with a large filling or after root canal treatment. Crowns can withstand a lot more force than natural teeth or even fillings. They can be fabricated from various materials, including metal, porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns combine aesthetics with strength and durability.
A lab-made crown is a dental crown that is fabricated with the help of an outside dental lab with specialized tools to create a protective cap for your tooth. Unlike same-day crowns, they can be created from many different materials that enable you to prioritize aesthetics or durability. You can choose between ceramic or porcelain materials for your dental crown, both of which are tooth-colored and are preferable for placement in the front teeth.
We will need to file down your tooth to fit a crown on top and then we will take digital or physical impressions that are sent to the dental lab that will create your crown. Lab-made crowns last for an average of 5 to 15 years.
Dental crowns are temporary and need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years.
If you have a tooth that is severely decayed beyond what a root canal can fix, it may need to be extracted. This is especially true if the tooth is infected. Additional reasons why a tooth may need to be removed include crowding, impaction, and in some cases, for orthodontics to be successful.
It should only take a few days to recover from a tooth extraction if you follow Dr. Natchi’s aftercare instructions. If you’re still feeling pain after several days of recovery, it may be a sign of infection, or dry-socket. In this case, call us at (469) 242-9500 so we can see you as soon as possible to alleviate your pain and minimize the effects of infection.
Removing an infected tooth can save the rest of your smile.