As resilient as your natural teeth are, they can still become damaged in a variety of ways, such as through poor oral hygiene, trauma suffered while playing sports, injuries from unexpected accidents, and so on. Once a tooth has been damaged, it’s vulnerable to further harm and is more likely to become damaged in the future. But just because a tooth is broken or decayed doesn’t mean that it has to be removed. In fact, with custom-made dental crowns from our Dallas, TX dentist, it can often be preserved for many years. Give Arts Family Dentistry of Dallas a call today if you think your tooth has been injured to the point where it needs a crown; we’ll create a dazzling restoration just for you to keep your smile safe from further harm.
A dental crown is often referred to as a cap. It is carefully made to fit comfortably over the chewing surface of the tooth and cover the entire structure. Crowns can be made out of metals like gold or tooth-colored materials like ceramic and porcelain. Compared to other restorations, dental crowns are very versatile and can be used to address a variety of problems. In particular, they’re recommended for teeth that have experienced severe decay, broken teeth that need extra support, teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy, single dental implants meant to replace missing teeth, dental bridges that need support from adjacent teeth, and single teeth that are badly stained or misshapen.
Getting a dental crown takes two appointments on average. It’s a relatively straightforward process overall. We begin by examining the tooth to make sure that a crown is a viable option. Then we take away a thin layer of enamel to make room for the restoration. Once the tooth is ready, we take an impression of your mouth as it currently is. A dental laboratory will use the said impression to create a crown; this can take a few weeks, so you’ll be given a temporary crown to wear in the meantime. This will give you a chance to adjust to the way a crown feels in your mouth so that you’ll be ready for the permanent crown to be attached to your smile at the final appointment.
After receiving your dental crown, you’ll be able to enjoy many different benefits, such as the following:
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