Dental crowns are natural-looking prosthetic teeth that are used to cap unstable or restored teeth. The function of a dental crown is to restore both the aesthetics and functionality of a tooth. At HomeTown Dental at Sherman we provide restorative crowns, to meet the wide range of dental needs our patients have. Crowns can also be used as a cosmetic solution to improve the way that a tooth looks. Dental crowns are a versatile restorative solution that can be made from a variety of materials.
Dental Crowns Defined
Dental crowns cap the natural tooth in order to restore the appearance and strength of a tooth that may otherwise be damaged or compromised. Once a crown is bonded to the natural tooth, it will fully encase the natural tooth and offer it the protection that it needs.
Crowns are custom-made, to ensure a precise and comfortable fit. Impressions will be made, and the natural tooth may be altered in order to ensure that your bite is not impacted when your crown is in place.
Are Dental Crowns Right For Me?
There are several functions that a dental crown can perform. Perhaps most importantly, the crown will be able to offer protection to a weakened tooth or one that has undergone a restorative treatment like a root canal treatment. Crowns can also be used to reinforce the natural teeth that will be supporting a dental bridge. Dental crowns can also help to align your bite, change the color of your teeth to one that is more aesthetically pleasing, and to cap a dental implant.
The Process Of Getting A Dental Crown
It typically takes two appointments to complete the process of getting a dental crown. The first appointment will be to ensure that the natural tooth is treated for any decay and signs of infection. Teeth that have been affected by infection and decay will need to be stabilized after extensive restorative work. The dental crown will be able to provide the stabilization that is needed.
If one or more teeth will be providing the support needed for a dental bridge, each of the teeth will need to be prepared for the crown placement. Generally speaking, this involves the removal of some of the tooth’s structure so that a snug fit is assured.
The next step will be to make impressions of the natural tooth and the other teeth that surround it. These impressions are an important part of ensuring that you get the perfect fit from the crown. They will be sent on to the laboratory responsible for milling the crown. Then, the tooth will be placed with a temporary crown, to protect it until the permanent crown is ready to be placed.
Once the permanent dental crown has been milled, you will need to return to our office to get it affixed. Any minor adjustments can be made to the crown, to ensure that it fits absolutely perfectly. It may take a few days to adjust to the feel of the crown.
Transform your smile and protect vulnerable teeth with dental crowns. Schedule your checkup or consultation with our dentist at HomeTown Dental at Sherman by calling (430) 202-5033.