Dental crowns are common dental appliances that help protect teeth from harm after they’ve been damaged or decayed. When decay has reached the dentin, the second layer of the tooth, your dentist will generally fill the tooth and cap it with a crown for protection. Crowns can also restore teeth that have been cracked or broken, assuming the damage isn’t too severe. Inn certain cases, they can improve the appearance of your teeth or hold a dental bridge in place.
Steps to Receving a Dental Crown
The steps for placing a crown on your tooth are fairly straightforward;
- First, we’ll carefully examine your tooth to determine if a dental crown is needed. You may not need a crown at all, depending on how injured your tooth is. If you do, then we can decide what the crown will look like, taking into consideration the material the crown will be made of, its color, texture, and shape.
- Next, the tooth must be measured and prepared for the crown’s placement. Your tooth will be reshaped to hold the crown, but also measured to make sure the crown is the right size. A temporary crown will be put on your tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is crafted.
- Finally, your finished permanent crown will be placed on your tooth during your next scheduled visit. We’ll replace the temporary crown with the permanent one, making adjustments if necessary to ensure its proper appearance and comfortable fit.
How to Take Care of a Crown
Dental crowns are designed to last. You can brush your teeth twice a day and floss once to help take care of your crown, as well as your natural healthy teeth. We’ll offer tips on how to floss around your crown for maximum cleaning efficiency, as well as what foods might dislodge your restoration if you aren’t careful.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.