If you have a cavity that’s too big for a filling, a tooth that is cracked or worn down, a discolored or poorly shaped tooth, or are undergoing a root canal, your Frisco dentist may recommend a dental crown to help restore your smile. But, if you’ve never had one before, you may be wondering what a dental crown is and how it can help. If so, here’s what you need to know.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are dental appliances. The crown is a cover (or cap) that your dentist places over the damaged, worn, misshapen, or discolored tooth, giving it additional support and a new look.
A dental crown envelopes the entire tooth, giving complete coverage down to where the tooth meets your gumline. Usually, dental crowns are made either of pure porcelain or porcelain secured to a metal base, both of which are highly durable. Plus, the porcelain is colored to match the look of your other teeth, ensuring it blends in seamlessly.
In some cases, other materials are used to make crowns. For example, ceramics and composite resins may also be used, though porcelain is the most common option.
How Do Dental Crowns Help?
Dental crowns can restore the appearance and function of your teeth by providing support and protection to the underlying tooth. If you have a tooth that is significantly damaged, it could crack, break, or wear down further if it is left untreated.
A dental crown serves as a protective layer, making sure the underlying tooth is covered by strong and durable material. Plus, each crown is custom shaped, ensuring you have proper bite alignment and final look that leaves you happy with your smile.
How is a Dental Crown Placed?
Your Frisco dentist schedules your dental crown procedure across two appointments. During the first, the tooth is prepared by removing some of the tooth material to create space for the crown and remove any decay that may be present.
Next, they take an impression, giving them a guide for creating your custom crown. Then, a temporary crown is placed to cover the tooth until the permanent one is ready.
Typically, about two weeks after your first appointment, you’ll come in to get your permanent crown. You Frisco dentist will remove the temporary crown and seat the new one, making adjustments to ensure a proper bite and that it feels comfortable to you. Once you and your dentist are happy with the look and fit, the crown is attached to the tooth with dental cement.
Dental crowns are a great, long-term option for repairing damaged teeth and restoring your smile. If you are wondering whether a crown is right for you, speak with your dentist at Smiles at Warren Parkway in Frisco today, and they can help you explore your options.