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Restore Your Smile with Dental Crowns
If you are missing teeth, or have teeth that have become damaged because of injury or decay, dental crowns placed at our Fort Worth, Texas dental office can help you enjoy a complete, balanced smile once again. Our custom-made dental crowns can cover an existing tooth or be attached to a dental implant. Our dentist take careful measures to craft a crown that will restore balance to your bite and, whenever possible, preserve the existing healthy structure of a damaged tooth. Crowns are available in a variety of materials, such as natural-looking porcelain and durable metal alloy, each of which offers its own unique benefits.
Repair and Protect Your Tooth
A dental crown is placed over the affected tooth after treatment for trauma or decay, protecting it from further damage and often preventing the need for extraction.
A Trusted, Durable Solution
Dental crowns are made of strong materials that are designed to withstand normal biting forces. With proper care, they can last up to a decade or more.
Dental crowns are made from high-quality materials that can be matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth. They also mimic the light-reflecting properties of enamel.
*According to research published in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.
Weakened or Missing Teeth, Deep Stains & More
It is important to note that crowns require a certain amount of healthy dental tissue for support. For this reason, an extraction might be necessary if your tooth is too compromised to support a dental crown. If this is the case, your doctor can replace your tooth with a dental implant and custom crown.
Tooth Decay and Damage
Crowns can strengthen teeth that have been significantly damaged by tooth decay or trauma. They provide coverage when a tooth cannot be repaired with a filling, inlay, or onlay.
Root Canal Infection
If decay has reached the inner portion of your tooth, your doctor may recommend root canal treatment. Following a root canal, your doctor will typically cover your tooth with a dental crown to protect the remaining tissue.
Dental crowns can conceal cosmetic imperfections such as intrinsic stains and disproportionately sized teeth. Although porcelain veneers and dental bonding also hide flaws, they may not provide enough coverage in some cases.
Single missing teeth can be replaced with implant-supported dental crowns. Unlike traditional dental bridges, implant-supported crowns do not require modification of your adjacent teeth. Implants also prevent jawbone recession following tooth loss.
Dental Crowns Are One of the Most Comprehensive Treatment Options
In most cases, yes – however, they may not be the best solution for your needs. Fillings, inlays, or onlays can be used to replace a decayed or damaged portion of a tooth. While these solutions may be a suitable option for minor cavities or trauma, a dental crown is needed for more severe issues because it can provide much greater protection.
Because most crowns are considered medically necessary and not cosmetic, most insurance plans cover at least part of this cost.
Dental Crown Placement Procedure
- Consultation & Exam
Your dentist will determine whether a dental crown is the best solution for you. If so, you will work together to decide which material is best for your needs.
- Preparing the Tooth
Damaged or decayed portions of the tooth will be removed. The tooth will be reshaped and resized to create a base for the crown.
The dentist will take impressions of the tooth. Many practices now use digital systems so patients can avoid messy traditional putties.
If the practice has an in-office milling machine, you can receive your personalized dental crown in a single appointment. Otherwise, you will need to wait about one to two weeks while the crown is made at an offsite lab.
- Crown Placement
The dentist will place your crown over the tooth and make sure it fits comfortably. Your dentist can make any necessary adjustments to achieve a proper fit. Then they will secure the crown in place with dental cement.
- Final Result
No downtime is required. Some patients experience mild sensitivity after receiving their crown, but this typically resolves after a few days.
How to Protect Your Dental Crowns
Although crowns are made with high-quality materials, they are not indestructible. You will eventually need to replace the restoration, but there are a few things you can do to help your crown last, including:
Watch what you eat: Avoid particularly hard or sticky foods, which can damage or dislodge your crown.
Practice good oral hygiene: For the most part, you can care for a dental crown much like your natural teeth.
However, be sure to use a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching the porcelain. Floss front to back rather than up and down so that you do not dislodge your crown.
Visit your dentist regularly: During your biannual dental exam, your dentist can make sure that your crown is still in good shape.
Minimize wear and tear: If you grind your teeth, be sure to wear a nightguard to avoid excessive wear on your crown. You should also avoid habits such as opening packages with your teeth and biting your nails.
Poorly manufactured crowns are also more likely to break early on, which is why it is important to choose a reputable dentist. Your dentist should also ensure that your crown fits properly in your smile. Crowns are not designed to bear the brunt of your bite. If your bite force is not evenly distributed across your dental arch, your crown can sustain irreparable damage.