When it comes to dental restorations, crowns are one of the most common. Brushing our teeth and flossing daily can help to maintain the health and appearance of our teeth, and many of us have this habit drummed into us from a young age. However, try as we might to look after our teeth, over time some damage and decay is almost virtually unavoidable.
Dental crowns are one of the simplest restorations for minor to moderate damage and decay. Ready to find out more?
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are prosthetics that look just like regular teeth, but sit over the top of your affected tooth, encasing it fully inside. Once in place, the crown restores the strength, shape, size and overall appearance of the tooth.
Crowns can be made from several different materials including metal, porcelain that is fused to a metal shell, and 100% porcelain. While metal crowns are the cheapest option, restorations made at the front of the mouth are usually requested in porcelain that is color-matched to the surrounding teeth. This makes porcelain crowns a discreet and natural-looking solution.
Reasons for a dental crown
Crowns can be used to remedy a number of different dental problems, including:
- Broken / severely eroded teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Weakened teeth that are at risk of breaking
- If a cavity filling is required that is larger than the tooth can properly support
- If a dental bridge is required
- Teeth that are discolored, often due to trauma
- Teeth that are misshapen Crowns are also used to provide the visible portion of the tooth in dental implants.
We are pleased to be able to offer an outstanding quality dental crown service thanks to the advanced technology we use. This includes i-CAT Cone Beam imaging, which allows us to capture a full 3D image of your affected tooth and plan your dental crown with absolute precision, and show you how your restoration will look.
We are also delighted to be able to use E4D technologies for designing your custom-fit reconstruction and creating it right there whilst you wait. Our team can fabricate, glaze and cure your new dental crown in less than 90 minutes meaning that you can walk out with a fully functional, beautiful smile.
The process to receive dental crowns
To ensure that your new crowns fit correctly, you can expect your affected tooth to require some preparation. This may involve filing down the affected tooth so that the crown can fit properly over the top. However, in the case of a tooth that has been worn down or broken, the preparation process may involve building the affected tooth back up so that it can successfully support the crown.
It may also be necessary to clear out any bacteria or infection present in the tooth before we can fit the crown. This will prevent any further underlying problems from occurring after the crown as has been fitted.
Once the preparation work is complete, we will be able to fit and secure your new permanent crown in place, restoring the full use and appearance of your teeth.
Dental crowns are an effective way of restoring the function and appearance of your teeth and smile. They have been shown to last longer than many other types of dental restoration, making them a superb investment in your long-term dental health. Their natural appearance also makes them an extremely discreet solution for teeth that are damaged, discolored or decayed.
Dr. Thomas Young and the team at EQ Dental have extensive experience in providing dental crowns to patients in and around the Keller, TX area. If you would like to discuss whether a crown may be the right dental restoration for you, or if you would like to find out more about our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable team at 817-741 4567.