Dental crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have extensive decay, fractures, large fillings, or have undergone root canal treatment. They are designed to restore the tooth's structure, protect it from further damage, and enhance its appearance.
At Worden Dentistry, dental crowns are custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of the adjacent natural teeth and blend in seamlessly. Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of materials. Each type has advantages and considerations, such as aesthetics, durability, and cost. The choice of material depends on the specific needs and preferences of the patient.
The Procedure for Dental Crowns
The process of getting a dental crown usually involves two visits to our dental office. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared by removing a portion of its outer structure to create space for the crown. An impression of the prepared tooth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is fabricated. A temporary crown may be placed on the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made.
During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is carefully fitted and bonded or cemented onto the tooth. Dental crowns require regular oral hygiene care, including brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits. While the crown itself cannot develop decay, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease and decay at the tooth's base where the crown meets the gum line.
The Advantages of Dental Crowns
Restoring Tooth Structure
Dental crowns are designed to cover and protect damaged or weakened teeth. They provide structural support to teeth with extensive decay, fractures, or large fillings. Crowns help restore the tooth's strength, functionality, and overall integrity.
Dental crowns can significantly improve the appearance of damaged or flawed teeth. They are custom-made to match natural teeth in terms of shape, size, and color, resulting in a seamless and natural-looking smile. Crowns can effectively cover teeth with severe discoloration, stains, or irregularities, enhancing the overall aesthetics of the smile.
Protection From Further Damage
Crowns act as a protective barrier for vulnerable teeth. They cover the entire visible portion of the tooth, shielding it from decay, cracks, or fractures. This protection is particularly beneficial for teeth that have undergone root canal treatment, as they may become more brittle over time.
Dental crowns restore the functionality of damaged teeth. They restore the tooth's shape and size, allowing for proper biting and chewing. With a crown in place, you can comfortably eat various foods without discomfort or limitations.
Dental crowns can have a positive impact on self-esteem and confidence. By improving the appearance of damaged or discolored teeth, crowns help patients feel more comfortable and confident in their smiles. To learn more about dental crowns, visit Worden Dentistry at 2336 Aberdeen Dr, Tyler, TX 75703, or call (903) 581-1646.