What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are often used to provide restoration for teeth that are decayed, cracked or broken. In some cases, a dental filling is not sufficient to maintain tooth integrity and strength. The dental crown can be used to strengthen the existing tooth and to preserve the foundational structure of the tooth. Cosmetically, dental crowns are color matched to the surrounding teeth and customized to improve your smile. Crowns are typically made from either Porcelain or metal, depending upon each individual case.
What is the Procedure for Placing a Dental Crown?
The Dental Crown Procedure normally will take two dental visits. The first appointment, Dr. Gomez will examine the tooth this is to ensure that a dental crown can be used, he will then file down the tooth to get it ready for the crown. If for any reason that the tooth cannot be used for a crown, Dr Gomez may need to fill it in to make it large enough for the crown; after the tooth is filed and or filled to the proper shape, he will make an impression of the tooth, as well as those surrounding it, and send it away to our dental lab, so a permanent crown can be made. At the end of the first visit with Dr. Gomez, your tooth will have a new temporary crown that protects it until the final crown is ready to be placed which will occur on your next visit.
When the permanent crown is ready, our office will contact you for your second visit. At this visit, the temporary crown will be removed, then Dr. Gomez will position and fasten the new crown to the tooth with a special adhesive. It takes a little time usually to get accustomed to the new permanent crown. After a short time, the crown will look, function and feel just like a regular tooth.
If you need more than two crowns, in some cases, we may consider the use of dental bridges.
If your existing dental crown fractures, cracks or breaks; please see our dental emergency instructions.
For more information, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Dave at Grand Parkway Smiles today!
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