Frisco Dental Crowns
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are protective caps that cover all surfaces of a tooth and make it more durable. Crowns are used for protection from wear and tear on teeth that are weak, missing most of the structure of the tooth, as a tooth restoration for dental implants or bridges, or to cover up a discolored or misshaped tooth.
Whether you’re interested in dental crowns to restore a tooth, to protect a tooth from chewing forces, or to hide dental imperfections, they are available in a range of materials such as:
- Stainless steel
- Composite resin
- Porcelain fused to metal
The Dental Crown Process
You’ll come into Parklane Family Dentistry for a consultation to assess the damage to your tooth and determine if a dental crown is the best option for you. Any presence of tooth decay or gum disease needs to be treated first.
We prepare the tooth receiving the crown by shaving a small amount of enamel proportionate to the thickness of the dental crown. The purpose of this is so the crown can fit over your tooth without sticking out and bumping into the other teeth, allowing the crown to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
After your tooth has been filed, impressions are taken of your teeth and sent to an outside dental lab. The dental lab uses your impressions to get an idea of the exact shape, size, and color of your tooth to match the crown with the rest of your grin. It will conform to your natural tooth and not disrupt your bite but will offer more strength and durability.
Traditional crowns take a few weeks to be constructed and sent back to the lab but with CEREC technology, dental crowns can be created and placed on the same day. If receiving traditional dental crowns, you will be given temporary crowns to wear while you wait, in order to protect the shaven tooth. Once your crown is ready, you’ll return to the office and have it cemented into place.
Maintaining a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are made of strong, durable materials but have varying lifespans depending on the materials used, the patient’s lifestyle, oral hygiene, and diet. Metal crowns are the most durable and longest-lasting, while porcelain and zirconia are the most natural-looking.
For this reason, it’s common to combine the materials with porcelain fused to metal crowns. A crown can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years but the following tips will help prolong its longevity:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
- Floss once a day
- Attend dental cleanings & checkups every 6 months
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages or as tools
- Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth
- Don’t chew on excessively hard or chewy foods with a crown
- Avoid smoking and tobacco products
- Drink lots of water to avoid dry mouth
If you have a cracked or damaged tooth, a tooth that has had root canal therapy or one with a large filling, you may want to consult with Dr. Vashisht about the benefits of a crown, inlay or onlay. Contact Parklane Family Dentistry for information, and make your appointment today.