A crown is a cap that covers the entire tooth, restoring its strength and appearance. The crown is generally made of porcelain but can also be gold or silver. Porcelain is durable and resistant to stains, so it will not discolor as quickly as metal or resin restorations. In addition, this material can be colored to match the surrounding teeth. At Spectacular Smiles, our dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth is damaged from decay or if a tooth has undergone root canal therapy.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
Our dentist will numb the tooth being treated with a local anesthetic. Then, they will shape the tooth to accommodate the size and shape of the crown. Removing decay and shaping the tooth for the crown allows the dentist to prepare it for the restoration process.
The tooth receiving the crown will then be prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel, the same thickness as the dental crown material. This part may be completed using a special drill or laser to remove the necessary amount of enamel without damaging any other tooth part. Once the enamel is removed, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth using an intraoral scanner. This will capture the exact shape of the prepared tooth to receive the crown and the bite to ensure a proper fit. This impression will be sent away to a dental lab where your custom-fabricated crown will be manufactured. During this time, you will wear a temporary crown while your permanent one is being made. Once your new crown is ready, it will be bonded to the tooth using dental cement.
The Advantages of Dental Crowns
A crown is a cap covering a tooth to protect it from further damage, improve its appearance, and reestablish its function. The crown fits over the original tooth like a suit jacket, covering the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line.
Unlike veneers, which cover the front of the teeth, crowns cover the entire visible surface of the tooth. For this reason, your dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth has sustained significant damage beyond what a veneer can fix.
In addition, a crown can also be used for aesthetic purposes. Even if you’re only missing a little of the tooth when you come in for an appointment, but it’s bothering you, your dentist may suggest capping the tooth with a permanent restoration. This can conceal the imperfection while also protecting and strengthening the tooth!
If you’re considering getting a crown, contact Spectacular Smiles at 11500 State Hwy 121 Suite 820, Frisco, TX 75035, or call (214) 407-8012 to consult our dentist to determine whether this treatment is proper for you.