Dental crowns to restore your smile
Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that covers the entire tooth. They are typically used to restore a tooth that is decayed, worn, or otherwise damaged. Crowns can also be used cosmetically along with veneers to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored or misshapen and can strengthen an otherwise weak tooth structure. We provide aesthetic porcelain dental crowns for our patients at Dallas Laser Dentistry of Dallas, Texas, so that your smile is not only restored to good health but also looks terrific.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Dental crowns offer several benefits.
- They can help to restore a damaged or decayed tooth.
- They can improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored or misshapen.
- They can provide support for teeth that are weak or fractured.
- They can help to protect teeth from further damage
What happens before the actual procedure?
The need for a dental crown is determined by Dr. Petty or Dr. Swift after a visual dental exam and evaluation of the digital x-rays taken at that time. They will also discuss the different types of restorations available and appropriate for the current condition of the tooth and recommend the best one for your situation. They will also discuss what you can expect if you postpone getting the tooth repaired then – typically, higher cost for a more extensive restoration and the potential for dental pain and/or needing a root canal procedure if you let it get worse.
What is the process for getting dental crowns?
Getting dental crowns typically takes two appointments. Sometimes, if the patient wants to start immediately and the dentist is available, the diagnosis visit can be expanded to begin the process. After numbing the area the tooth will be prepared for the crown. This involves removing any damaged or decayed tissue and shaping the tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, a 3D digital laser scan of the tooth and gums will be made. This digital file will be used by our professional lab techs to create a model of your tooth and to fabricate the crown in the lab. After the scan, we then create a “temporary” crown out of resin that is placed on your prepared tooth and secured with temporary cement – this allows you to eat normally and not have a gap in your smile while we await the permanent crown’s creation by the lab.
The permanent dental crown will be placed on your tooth during the next visit. The new crown will be permanently cemented in place and may require a slight adjustment to ensure your bite is perfect..
How do I care for the new crown?
After the procedure, practice good oral hygiene habits to keep your teeth healthy and extend the longevity of your dental crown. This includes brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and visiting us regularly for checkups and cleanings.