Are your teeth filled with fillings from years of dental work? The health of your body depends on the state of your teeth, and 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.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are small, tooth-shaped caps that go directly on top of an existing tooth. They can be used to restore its shape, protect it from further decay, and make chewing easier for you. Once cemented into place, a dentist can only remove crowns, and you will not see any part of the pre-existing tooth except at the gum line. Many materials can be used for dental crowns, including porcelain, precious metals like silver or gold, stainless steel and more.
Our team at Austin Dental Care takes pride in crafting natural-looking 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 a dental crown.
- 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 dental crowns to protect any baby teeth too delicate for a filling before their adult teeth come in.
What Types of Crowns Are Available?
We offer many kinds of crowns at Austin Dental Care in Westlake, including the following.
- Stainless Steel: Usually used as a temporary measure, stainless steels 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, 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 over the years.
What Is Involved with Getting a Crown?
- When you come into Austin Dental Care for a crown, we will first take several X-rays of your mouth to check the health of the roots of the tooth in question and the surrounding teeth. Too much damage might mean that a root canal is needed before the tooth is a candidate for a crown.
- Once the X-rays are checked over, our dental team will anesthetize your tooth and shape it to make room for the crown to fit on top. In the case of a broken tooth, the material might be added instead to “build up” the tooth’s surface.
- Next, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth, either with putty or a digital scanner to ensure that the replacement is a perfect fit for the crown. Developing the crown may take several weeks, so you will get a temporary acrylic crown to wear in the meantime.
- When your crown is developed, our dental team will remove the temporary crown and fit you for the permanent one. Once everything is shown to fit well, your new crown is cemented in place. So long as you treat your new crown gently and take proper care of it, it should last for decades.