Rebuilding, strengthening, and restoring a tooth with a porcelain dental crown can provide you an option that is natural looking both in coloring and translucency. A dental crown serves as a type of cap for the tooth, giving it the nickname of caps, shielding a tooth beneath. It is a fixed prosthetic, meaning it is not removable, and should provide your original tooth protection for many years. At Mor Smiles, we can discuss dental crowns, the various materials they come in, and the advantages of each option. Working together, we can find the right prosthetic for you.
When would I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns are used for various cosmetic and health related reasons, which can include:
Dental crowns come in a variety of materials. The best option will depend on where the crown is being placed and what the patient is looking for. Crowns can be made of porcelain, porcelain over metal, acrylic, gold, and metal. Each material comes with various benefits, which we can review during your consultation.
Placing a Porcelain Crown
The placement of a porcelain crown is completed in two office visits, though the restorative process may require multiple steps. Once the area is ready for a crown, we will create a mold or impression of the area. We want the new tooth to fit the space and bite. We will discuss materials, coloring, and what you are looking for from this newly created tooth. This information is then sent to a dental lab for fabrication.
Once we have received your new crown, about two weeks later, we will then contact you for placement. Having your crown placed is a simple process. We will first clean the area and prepare it for placement. This will include a dry fit of the crown. During the dry fit, we will check the bite. Any adjustments can be made at this time. Following the dry fit, and any adjustments, we will then cement the crown permanently in place. Your dental crown is ready to be used through normal use. We will check the hold of your crown at all future checkup appointments. Your crown should last several years.
If you are in need of a crown, contact Mor Smiles at 223-258-5088. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you to discuss crowns, the different materials available, and which would be the best option for you.