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. Crowns are considered both restorative dentistry or cosmetic dentistry and can be treated as such.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns combine aesthetics with strength and durability.
The process begins with a consultation with Dr. Natchi to examine your teeth and take x-rays to look for signs of decay and to ensure that you have healthy dental pulp. Any active decay will need to be drilled away under local anesthetic.
We will prepare your tooth to receive a crown by filing your tooth structure down on all sides to create the ideal shape and size for a crown to fit over top.
After your tooth has been shaved down a little bit, we will take impressions of your mouth and send them to a dental lab that is in charge of fabricating your crowns. They'll use your x-rays and photos, and a shade guide to match your crown to your natural tooth as much as possible.
The fabrication process can take weeks. In the meantime, we'll protect your tooth with an immediate temporary dental crown. Once we have your official porcelain crown, we'll call you back for another appointment.
After removing the temporary crown, we'll check the fit of the crown and ensure that you're satisfied with the way it looks and feels before bonding it to your tooth.
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 tooth colored crown.
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. Contact your dentist in Allen for dental crowns.
Dental crowns are temporary and need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years.
Porcelain crowns are incredibly versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes both restorative and cosmetic . A dental crowns cosmetic use would be to cover up a tooth that has aesthetic issues such as discoloration, chips, eroded enamel, or an awkwardly shaped tooth.
A tooth-colored crown can be placed over the tooth to blend in with the rest of the smile. Patients often prefer porcelain or ceramic crowns for aesthetic purposes but porcelain-fused-to-metal and zirconia crowns give you a strong material along with aesthetics.
Crowns are overwhelmingly used for restorative purposes, such as holding a broken tooth together, protecting a weak or damaged tooth, and providing additional strength and durability to a damaged tooth so it doesn't break when you chew. Crowns are also a common component of tooth replacements, including dental bridges and dental implants.
Dental crowns are fabricated out of long-lasting durable materials. However, they still require care in handling to avoid damage and just because your tooth is covered with a crown does not mean it will protect you from tooth decay or gum disease.
You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, including around your dental crown. If decay forms underneath the crown, you will need to have it removed so the decay can be drilled out.
In terms of preventing wear and tear on your crown, you should avoid using your teeth as tools, limit your consumption of very hard and sticky foods, and wear a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth.
Crowns, even stain-resistant ones, can become discolored over time if you are constantly consuming staining foods and drinks. We recommend that you avoid tobacco products and drink through a straw to limit your exposure to stains.
You can limit your consumption of coffee, tea, wine, and other stains or rinse your mouth with water after eating and drinking.
No, crowns are a minimally invasive procedure and the process is not painful at all! Some people need crowns because of tooth decay, others need one because their tooth has been damaged, or in preparation for a dental implant.
After removing any present decay, we will drill your teeth to shape them into an ideal size and shape in preparation for dental crowns. However, we always numb your mouth first so that you don't feel any pain or discomfort. Then, we simply etch your teeth and bond the crown. Then you're all done!
We also offer dental sedation to make you even more comfortable and less aware of what is going on if you have anxiety. If you would prefer to be sedated for your crown appointment, contact us at West Allen Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Natchi. Your mouth will still be numb for several hours but once the anesthetic wears off, you may feel some slight residual discomfort. This will only last for a few days and should be minimal. You can take anti-inflammatory pain medication for relief.
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