Dental Crowns Repair Damaged Teeth to Restore Your Appearance
Dentist in Irving, TX
If you have a damaged tooth or you would like to improve the aesthetics of your smile, you may benefit from a dental crown at our Irving, TX, practice. A crown is a “cap” that will cover your entire tooth, serving both restorative and cosmetic purposes to enhance dental function and appearance, and blending seamlessly with your smile.
At Kids and Grownups Dental, we use a variety of advanced materials to create durable, lifelike crowns. Drs. Joshua Lee and John Lee will work very carefully to ensure that your crown fits comfortably and maintains the natural force of your bite.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Crown?
Crowns can perform many different functions. If you have a cracked or weakened tooth, you may benefit from this type of restoration. A crown may also be appropriate if you have a very large cavity that is too extensive for a filling.
Dr. Joshua Lee or Dr. John Lee will take x-rays to determine the extent of your dental damage, and decide whether a traditional or implant-supported crownis right for you.
Although crowns are most commonly used for restorative purposes, in some cases they are placed for cosmetic reasons. A crown can enhance your appearance if you have a worn, misshapen, or unusually small tooth. A crown can also conceal dark internal stains that do not respond to teeth whitening.
Designing and Placing Your Dental Crown
Before placing a crown, your dentist will need to prepare your tooth. After numbing the treatment area, he will gently reshape the tooth, removing any decayed or damaged tissue, and creating space to place the crown.
Next, he will take impressions of your tooth, and technicians at our partner lab will use these molds to ensure that your crown is a perfect fit. It usually takes about two weeks to craft your restoration, and we will supply a temporary crown during this time. Once the final restoration is ready, your dentist will ensure sure that it fits comfortably and blends with your smile. If you are happy with the results, your doctor will attach the crown using composite resin.
A crown serves both restorative and cosmetic purposes, to enhance dental function and your appearance.
Dental crowns can be fabricated using three different materials: all-metal, ceramic-on-metal, or all-ceramic. The material used is largely determined by the location of the crown. For instance, front teeth are typically capped with all-ceramic crowns, since these are the most natural-looking restorations.
Maintaining Your Restoration
Caring for a crown is easy: you will simply need to maintain regular conscientious dental hygiene. Though the crown itself will not be subject to bacteria and decay, a cavity can still develop within the underlying tooth.
To protect your crown and overall dental health, you should brush at least twice a day. Floss and use antimicrobial mouthwash at least once daily. Finally, be sure to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings. With excellent dental hygiene, your crown can last for decades.
If you have a damaged or aesthetically compromised tooth, contact our office to find out whether a crown is right for you. Receiving a crown is an easy way to restore the appearance and function of your smile.