crownsDental Crowns in Southlake

Our teeth are complex tools used in chewing and talking. Sometimes, decay or damage to a tooth is so extensive that a dental filling is not enough to adequately restore the functionality of the tooth and protect it from further damage and decay. In cases like this, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron may recommend placing a dental crown.

Dental crowns provide your tooth with an artificial cap. When placed over your tooth, a crown restores the function and improves the appearance of your tooth. Dental crowns are used for different reasons, including:

  • A dental crown procedure provides protection for a weak tooth that is at risk of breaking.
  • Crowns restore integrity to a tooth that has already been broken, cracked, or significantly worn down.
  • Crowns are sometimes used instead of fillings if there is extensive decay in the tooth.
  • Crowns are used to hold dental bridges in place.
  • Your dentist may also recommend the use of a crown as a cosmetic solution in certain situations.
  • Crowns can be used in conjunction with dental implants to replace a missing tooth.

Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron will discuss the use of a dental crown procedure with you, depending on your oral health needs.

What Should I Expect from the Crowning Procedure?

Before proceeding with the crown placement procedure, Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron will first want to discuss your options regarding which type of crown will best suit your needs. We prefer to use E Max porcelain crowns for their durability and true-to-life esthetics, as well as zirconia crowns for their unparalleled strength, chip resistance, and stain resistance. At this point in the process, we will also record information regarding color, shading, shape, and texture for your crown.

After design details have been confirmed, you will come to the office for the first phase of the procedure. First, Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron will make sure you feel comfortable before preparing the tooth to be capped. Tooth preparation entails removing portions of enamel to help create a secure bond between the natural tooth and the restoration. Next, your dentist will take measurements of the prepared tooth and the surrounding teeth, which will be sent to the dental lab along with other design details. These measurements will serve as a guide for the dental technician who hands-crafts your crown. Finally, we will place a temporary crown to protect the tooth and help maintain spacing.

After your permanent crown comes back from the lab, you will return to the office for the final phase of crown placement. Dr. Wright will check the fit of the crown and make sure that it does not interfere with the surrounding teeth. If needed, he can make some adjustments to the crown, although major design flaws will have to be taken care of by the dental lab. Once the perfect fit has been reached, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and bond the permanent one into place.

The dentist may recommend the use of partial crown inlays or onlays, depending upon your individual needs. Inlays and onlays are more durable than fillings, making them a great solution for the replacement of old silver fillings or the creation of large fillings. Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron will make treatment recommendations based on the condition of your teeth.

What are the Benefits of a Dental Crown Procedure?

Dental crowns are a great restorative solution for teeth that are weak, broken, or have a large amount of decay. There are several other benefits to the procedure, including:

  • Providing you with a beautiful cosmetic solution that gives you a durable restoration that also appears natural.
  • Crowns are durable and should last for many years.
  • A crown restores your tooth to its full functionality.
  • Crowns have a great cosmetic appeal, giving your self-confidence a boost.

To find out if your smile can benefit from a custom, lifelike dental crown, speak with your dentist during your next visit. To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron at (817) 481-7999. Located in Southlake, TX, we’ve proudly served the residents of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities since 1992.