Dental crowns can provide the instant support and strength your smile needs.
If you are dealing with a cracked, chipped tooth or a tooth that has been damaged then chances are good that you’ll need to turn to your Fort Worth cosmetic dentist Dr. William Ralstin for the proper restoration. Find out how a dental crown can restore your smile without anyone even knowing that your smile isn’t completely yours.
When is a dental crown recommended?
When you visit your dentist in Fort Worth, TX we can examine you and determine when you need a restoration. Some of the most common problems that may require a dental crown include:
- Extensive decay (that a filling can’t treat)
- Severe aesthetic issues like discolorations that don’t respond to professional whitening
- Previously filled teeth that have become weaker and require more support
- A tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
- To support a dental bridge
- To cover a dental implant
What is the purpose of a dental crown?
A dental crown is designed to strengthen and protect the rest of a tooth’s healthy structure and to improve both function and aesthetics. A dental crown can be made many different materials ranging from gold and silver to porcelain. The type of crown that is right for you will depend on which tooth needs to be restored. Back teeth take on more chewing forces and so a crown made from metal amalgam will be stronger and last longer than porcelain. But those looking to replace visible teeth will often opt for tooth-colored porcelain.
How is a dental crown placed?
First, your tooth will need to be prepared prior to placing your crown. This means some enamel will need to be filed down to accommodate the restoration. This is performed under local anesthesia so you won’t feel any sensitivity or discomfort while we prepare the tooth.
Once the tooth is prepared we will take impressions of it, which we will then send to a lab where they will create your very own dental crown. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth in the meantime.
Once your crown has been fabricated you will come back into the office to have your temporary crown removed and your permanent one cemented over your tooth. And just like that you have a healthy, fully functioning smile again!
Need to restore a damaged tooth? No problem! Just call our Fort Worth dental office to schedule your next appointment and get back that healthy smile.