Dental Crowns in Austin
An Effective Solution to Damaged Teeth
A dental crown is a cap that we place over the tooth to help restore it to its ideal shape, size, and function. A crown is shaped like a tooth and covers the area. The crown fully covers the visible part of the tooth above the gumline.
Crowns have a wide variety of uses, including:
- Protecting the damaged tooth from breaking down
- Holding parts of damaged tooth together
- Supporting teeth that have a large filling with a small amount of tooth remaining
- Restoring a broken tooth
- Covering teeth that are improperly shaped or discolored
- Holding a bridge into place
- Concealing an implant
How Do Dentists Prepare the Tooth for a Crown?
The first step in your treatment will be to determine if a crown is the best treatment for you. In order to make this call, we examine the roots of the teeth with an X-ray and observe the health of the mouth. For patients who have severe decay, we might need to perform a root canal before we prepare the crown. If we determine that a dental crown is the best solution for you, we will place a temporary crown while we create a permanent mold to fit the teeth. Because creating the permanent crown takes several hours, some patients opt to have multiple appointments.
We will need to shape the tooth before we place a permanent crown. An impression of the tooth will allow us to create a crown that fits naturally with the other teeth. We will also treat tooth decay in the area during this process. Before we begin the actual procedure, we will numb the area with an anesthetic and permanently cement the crown into place. Our highly skilled team will make the customizations necessary to shape the crown and create a comfortable bite. This process takes several hours if the patient chooses to have us complete it in one appointment.
How to Make Dental Crowns Last
If patients take proper care of their dental crowns, they can last 30 years or longer. Attending your scheduled dental checkups and taking good care of your teeth is the best way to make sure your dental crowns last as long as possible. We also recommend that you avoid hard foods in large amounts, like nuts, candy, and sticky desserts. You should also avoid using your teeth for any uses that are not chewing, talking, and laughing. Habits like nail-biting and chewing on ice and pencils might put your crowns at risk. Grinding your teeth at night is another risk factor. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, a custom night guard can help protect your crowns. Parkfield Dental is committed to providing dental crowns for patients because we believe they can provide patients with healing and relief from dental damage. After we install your crowns, a few simple steps will ensure that they last for the long haul.