Dental Crowns Cedar Park, TX
What is a Dental Crown?If you are suffering from tooth decay, have had severely damaged, cracked or a broken tooth that cannot be treated through traditional methods such as direct composite bonding, veneers or undergoing root canal therapy at the moment; your dentist may suggest using a dental crown to preserve and protect the existing tooth rather than removing it completely. Dental crowns are custom designed and created in your dentist's office, depending upon the kind of material that you choose and your dentist suggests, and are used for either restoration or replacement purposes. The crown is an artificial device that is fixed onto a tooth or to an existing implant, covering the damaged or decayed tooth.
When do You need a Dental Crown?Tooth decay prevention - If you are suffering from extensive tooth decay that cannot be restored with traditional treatment such as a filling, and restoration is no longer an option, your dentist may suggest using a bridge or cap in order to protect your teeth from further damage.
Dental Bridge Support:In order to make sure that the dental bridge stays in the proper position, your dentist may suggest usage of dental crown on both sides of the gap.
Dental Implant Cover:If you are going for a dental implant, the crown is then attached to the titanium anchor that is connected to your jaw bone.
Cosmetic Purpose:Dental crowns are used for cosmetic purposes as well, such as covering discolored teeth; covering misshapen, worn down and mismatched teeth in order to make cosmetic modification to a person's face and mouth.
Broken tooth restoration:If you have chipped a part of your teeth, have a large chunk that has broken off, or you have cracked a tooth; your dentist may suggest that you use a crown in order to prevent further damage.
Complete a Root CanalAfter a tooth has undergone root canal therapy it often requires a crown to help hold the tooth together.
Types of Dental Crowns
|•||Ceramic / Porcelain (100%) - This type of dental crown looks more natural and can be made to match the color of your teeth. These can be easily made in your local dentist's office and are a faster alternative than using any other type of material for crowns. These are great for those who suffer from metal allergies. The only drawback of all porcelain / ceramic crowns is that they are not as strong and may suffer more wear and tear than their metal counterparts.|
|•||Porcelain fused with metal - These can also be color matched to your natural teeth and are more durable than all porcelain crowns. These are hard to differentiate from natural teeth and are a good choice for front teeth crowning. The drawbacks include chipping of the porcelain and visibility of the metal underneath.|
|•||Stainless Steel - Stainless steel crowns are used as a temporary solution until your dentist is able to fashion a permanent crown out of some other type of material that he feels is best suited for your dental needs.|
|•||Metal Crowns - Usually made of Gold, alloys, Palladium, Nickel or Chromium, these crowns are more durable than others as they can withstand multiple forces (chewing & biting). They also pose the least amount of threat to surrounding teeth and gum tissue. The main drawback of a metal crown is that not everyone can use them due to metal allergies and some may find the metallic color to be somewhat undesirable.|
|•||Resin (100%) - All resin crowns are the most affordable option available today, however, they are prone to extreme wear and tear and may have to be replaced frequently.|
|•||Milled Crown (Zerconia) - Milled crowns, commonly known as Zerconia, are digitally created with the help of the appropriate hardware and software and are made precisely to the specifics of a particular patient. These can be done in one visit and do not require temporary measures or repeat visits resulting in an instant fitting.|
Visit 1Dental examination and preparation of the tooth. Temporary crown.
On your first visit, the dentist will determine the condition of your affected teeth through thorough examination, which may include x-rays. The next step is creating a mold impression of the teeth that need crowning and sending it to the lab. Your dentist may fit a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready.
Visit 2Permanent crowning
The temporary crown is removed on your second visit to make way for the permanent one. After the local anesthesia, checking the permanent crown for color match and fit, the permanent crown is then cemented into place.
Dental Crown AftercareAlthough it is always a good practice to brush your teeth twice and floss regularly, it becomes a “must do” after the crowning procedure. It is very important to take proper care of your teeth and gums in order to prevent tooth decay or gum diseases. It is strongly advised to avoid habits such as chewing or biting nails, grinding your teeth and to avoid chewing on any hard foods like ice for at least for the first few months, since it can damage the crown.
For more information on dental crowns, please call our office at (512) 643-6060.