Dr. Glen Wainwright provides patients with dental crowns in Austin, TX. Dental crowns are a restorative solution that acts as caps that cover and protect damaged, misshapen or discolored teeth. Tooth crowns are also used to cover dental implants and hold dental bridges. Made of sturdy porcelain ceramic material, dental crowns strengthen weak teeth and blend in with natural teeth.
Tooth and Partial Crowns
Before treatment, one of our professionals will perform an examination of the teeth and gums. Using x-rays and impressions, they will look for signs of decay and stress on the teeth. This exam will help us design a custom treatment plan.
The tooth or teeth receiving the crown will be prepared the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. A temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated. After several weeks you can return to our dentist’s office, where the dental crown will be secured for a permanent fit.
Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays are a type of indirect tooth filling that is bonded to the tooth. They help strengthen the tooth structure and protect teeth from further damage and decay. In addition, inlays and onlays are stain-resistant and easy to care for and maintain. An inlay fits between the cusps of a tooth. An onlay covers one or more of the tooth cusps.
Dental Crown FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about dental crowns below:
How long do dental crowns last?
With proper dental care, dental crowns can last up to 30 years. Follow all instructions given to you by your dentist. Keeping a good routine oral hygiene schedule will guarantee long-lasting crowns.
Is it painful to receive dental crowns?
No. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area that is receiving the dental crown, so the procedure shouldn’t be painful. You may feel some soreness after the procedure, but this should pass quickly.
Can dental crowns fall out?
Dental crowns can come loose as a result of tooth damage or decay. Dr. Wainwright will monitor the condition of your dental crown during routine dental care visits. If you notice any changes in the fit or comfort of your crown or the crown falls out, contact our dentist office right away.
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Broken teeth that still have the tooth root intact can receive dental crowns. Patients with missing teeth may also receive dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges which can be capped off with dental crowns. Treatment may be needed for patients with tooth decay, but they can receive dental crowns after the infection is removed. Never assume that you need a specific treatment without consulting with your dentist first. Sometimes we can offer alternative treatments to a dental crown that can better address your issue.
Request an Appointment
Call Austin Dental Care at 512-518-6392 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Wainwright on our website. Dr. Wainwright is a dentist in Austin, Texas that is dedicated to providing modern dental care to patients of all ages.