If you have a tooth that is severely decayed or otherwise damaged, a simple filling may not be enough to completely restore your smile and oral health back to what it should be. That’s where dental crowns come in. This common restorative procedure, completed over the course of two visits to our office, can provide stability and functionality back to your problem tooth. Keep reading to learn more about what exactly dental crowns in Kingwood are, when you might need one, and more.
A dental crown is a super-thin, tooth-shaped covering, also known as a “cap,” that slips over a damaged tooth to improve its appearance and structure. Each crown is custom-made according to the detailed measurements of each individual tooth. Crowns are considered permanent restorations since they cannot be removed except by a dentist. It’s possible for crowns to be made of several different materials, such as gold, metal alloys, porcelain-fused-to-metal. Ours are usually made of porcelain/ceramic because it most closely resembles natural tooth enamel, both in feel and appearance.
Typically, it will take two visits to Kingwood Family Dentistry to place your dental crown. During your first appointment, your tooth will be cleaned up and reshaped so that it’s in great shape to receive the crown. Don’t worry; your tooth will be numbed up for this portion of the process. Next, we’ll take a detailed impression of your prepared tooth and send those details off to a dental lab, where your restoration will be painstakingly created by a skilled ceramist. In the meantime, Dr. Mosby will affix you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth. A few weeks later, you’ll return to our office and your temporary will be exchanged for your permanent tooth covering.
Dr. Mosby may recommend a dental crown in the following situations:
Dental crowns are able to treat a variety of dental problems, such as improving its appearance, stability, and functionality, as mentioned above. Additionally, they are a good long-term treatment option. With proper care, a crown can last up to 15 years before it needs to be replaced. They are incredibly durable, able to withstand the daily wear and tear of chewing just like your natural teeth. All you need to do to maintain your crown is brush and floss as normal, and attend checkups and cleanings with Dr. Mosby every six months.
Do you have a tooth that could be improved by restoring it with a dental crown? Then give us a call today to schedule a consultation!
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