Dr. Glen Wainwright provides patients with dental crowns in Austin, TX. Dental crowns are a restorative dentistry solution that act as caps that cover and protect damaged, misshapen or discolored teeth. A dentist will use a tooth crown to cover a tooth after a root canal. However, we can also use them to cap dental implants, and anchor dental bridges in place. Dental crowns strengthen weak teeth and blend in with natural teeth for a seamless result.
Are your teeth filled with fillings from years of dental work? The health of your body depends on the state of your teeth and oral health. Teeth that are susceptible to decay can lead to problems elsewhere in your body. If you want your healthiest smile, you might be a candidate for dental crowns treatment in Austin, TX.
Dental Crowns in Austin, TX
Dental crowns are small and versatile tooth-shaped caps that go directly on top of an existing tooth. Our dental care team uses them to restore a natural tooth’s shape, protect it from further decay, and make chewing easier for you. Once cemented into place, a dentist can only remove crowns. You will not see any part of the pre-existing tooth after a dental crown is placed.
Many materials can be used for dental crowns, including porcelain, precious metals like silver or gold, stainless steel, and more. Our dental care team at Austin Dental Care takes pride in crafting natural-looking dental crowns that are so subtle, only you will know they are there.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are more than just a cosmetic fix; they are a way to improve the durability and functionality of your teeth. Too many fillings in any tooth will weaken it to the point that it might fall out or break, but covering it with a crown will work to protect its root structure and ensure it stays in your mouth longer than it otherwise would.
If one of the following tooth problems is something you have experienced, you might be a candidate for dental crown treatment.
- Weak, broken, or cracked tooth (likely from previous decay)
- Worn down tooth from chewing or night grinding
- Tooth with a large filling that needs more support
- Discoloration on the tooth
Children can sometimes benefit from temporary dental crowns to protect any baby teeth too delicate for a filling before their adult teeth come in.
What Types of Dental Crowns Are Available?
We offer many types of dental crowns at Austin Dental Care in Westlake, including the following:
- Stainless Steel: Usually used as a temporary measure, stainless steels dental crowns often come pre-made and can help protect your teeth while a more permanent tooth is in production. This is the material that’s generally used for children’s crowns.
- Precious Metals: Often dental crowns are made from a mix of gold or silver and a metal alloy like cobalt or nickel. While these crowns tend to be the most durable, the metal color is a drawback for using them for front teeth. For this reason, metal crowns are typically used for back molars instead.
- Porcelain: Thanks to its durability and color matching properties, porcelain dental crowns are the most popular, especially in prominent parts of your mouth. However, porcelain can chip over time, meaning that they might need to be replaced after 5 years.
The Dental Crown Procedure: What Is Involved with Getting a Crown?
- When you come into Austin Dental Care to complete a dental crown treatment plan, we will first take several X-rays of your mouth. We will check the health of the affected tooth structure and surrounding teeth. If we detect a root infection, our dentist will require a root canal procedure before the tooth is a candidate for a dental crown procedure.
- Once we look over the X-rays, our dental team will anesthetize your tooth and shape it to make room for the crown to fit. In the case of a broken tooth or severely damaged tooth, the dentist will add material to “build up” the tooth’s surface.
- Next, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth. Dr Wainwright will ensure that the replacement is a perfect fit for the crown. Developing the crown may take several weeks, so you will get a temporary crown to wear in the meantime.
- When we fabricate your crown, our dental care team will remove the temporary crown and fit you for the permanent one. Once everything fits well and is to your standards, we will cement your new crown in place. So long as you treat your new dental crown gently and take proper care of it, it should last for decades.
Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays are a type of indirect tooth filling. 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. We may recommend a dental inlay or onlay if you are not a good candidate for a dental crown, but have significant damage that a tooth filling can’t fix.
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. Our dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area, so the dental crown procedure won’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. Contact our dentist office right away if you notice any changes in the fit or comfort of your crown, or the crown falls out.
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. We will provide needed treatments for patients with tooth decay before they can receive dental crowns. 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.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Austin, TX
Dr. Wainwright is a dentist in Austin, Texas that is dedicated to providing modern dental crowns, dental bridges, and dental implants. Call Austin Dental Care at 512-518-6392 or schedule a consultation online today. Austin Dental Care serves communities near you in West Austin, Lost Creek, West Lake Hills, Barton Creek, and all of Travis County, Texas.