Solutions for Fighting Tooth Decay and Making Cosmetic Improvements in Harker Heights
Crowns have been part of the dentist’s toolkit for as long as dentistry has been practiced. In both Europe and Southeast Asia, there are documented examples of gold being molded into dental crowns dating back thousands of years. Of course, the techniques and materials used for creating a crown have advanced considerably in terms of both beauty and safety.
Crowns are a common tool for addressing tooth decay. When a large cavity is filled, a crown might be utilized to stabilize the tooth. It might also be used to stabilize root canal-treated teeth, or teeth that are broken, cracked, or worn down. Crowns can be used to hold dental bridges in place, or to cover dental implants. People may also choose to get crowns to cover misshapen or discolored teeth, or other aesthetic concerns.
At our family-friendly dental practice, we are sensitive to your family’s busy schedule, which is why we strive to provide same-day service for procedures like crowns, especially for young patients. Learn about all the options we offer for strengthening your teeth and improving your smile by contacting us with questions about treatments or to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Crowns
Dental crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, gold, or stainless steel. For children’s teeth, crowns are commonly made of stainless steel. It is a durable material that is less expensive than other types. Stainless steel might also be used for a temporary crown for adult teeth, which is inserted until a porcelain crown can be made to match your natural tooth color. For back teeth like molars, where cosmetics are less of a concern, Dr. Katende might recommend a metal crown for greater durability.
X-rays are an important first step for determining the extent of decay around the tooth. A root canal may be necessary if there is a high risk for infection, but quite often the next step will be to prepare the tooth to receive the crown.
After applying an anesthetic, the tooth is filed down to make space for the crown. Teeth that have larger cavities may require a filling to provide support. Then a temporary crown is inserted to provide support for the teeth while the permanent crown is made.
An ill-fitting crown could affect how you bite and chew, which is why we take extra care to evaluate your teeth when making the crown. We will also match the color of the porcelain to your natural tooth color, giving you a seamless, new smile.
If you are given a temporary crown, you will have to avoid foods that might pull it out of place, or possibly even chewing on the side of your mouth where the crown is located. There will be fewer restrictions once you have the permanent crown in place.
Your crown can last for as long as 15 years if you maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing, flossing, and getting regular check-ups. Anti-bacterial mouthwash can be especially helpful in keeping your crown strong.