A crown is a type of restoration that completely covers a tooth, restoring it to its standard size and shape. This treatment is commonly used when a portion of the tooth has been damaged and needs to be rebuilt. It may also be used to cover a tooth that is stained, misshapen, or discolored.
At Cadena Dentistry, dental crowns can be made from various materials, including gold, porcelain fused to metal, ceramic, and a combination of such materials. Porcelain offers the most natural appearance. Metal restorations are strong and durable but may be more noticeable than others. Many patients choose porcelain-fused-to-metal because it combines the strength of metal with the cosmetic appeal of porcelain.
The Procedure for Dental Crowns
A crown may be necessary if your tooth is cracked or weakened due to decay. It helps restore the tooth's shape, size, and strength and improves its appearance. To prepare a tooth for a new crown, our dentist will begin by shaping it. They will then take an impression of the prepared tooth and surrounding teeth and gums. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory, where technicians will use it to create your custom-made crown.
You will be fitted with a temporary crown while your permanent one is being made. This usually takes about two to three weeks. When your permanent crown is ready, our dentist will check its fit and color and then cement it in place. Your new crown will restore the appearance of your smile and your ability to chew and speak properly again. Keep your new crown clean by brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding damaging habits such as chewing ice or grinding your teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Crowns are placed over teeth that are weakened, cracked, or fractured, providing them with added strength and protection against further damage.
Crowns are used to restore teeth with significant decay or large fillings, providing structural support and preventing extraction.
Crowns can improve the appearance of teeth that are severely damaged, stained, misshapen, or discolored, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Crowns are used in combination with dental implants or dental bridges to replace missing teeth.
Dental crowns restore your smile and help you regain your ability to eat and speak properly. With proper oral hygiene, they can last for decades. For more information, visit Cadena Dentistry at 606 N Bedell Ave, Del Rio, TX 78840, or call (830) 775-3322.