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Dental Crowns: Preserving Damaged Teeth | West Frisco Dentist

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Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. This common dental restoration may be used to protect a cracked tooth, restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay or replace a pre-existing crown. It encases a needy tooth with a custom-designed material. Dentists today have a variety of conservative treatment options through which to restore teeth. If possible, these options should be explored and discussed before selecting the full coverage crown.

What Can I Expect When Getting a Crown?

Unless there is other dental work involved, you’ll usually visit your dentist twice for your crown.

1st visit: Expect your dentist to:

Talk to you about the various crown options, the choice of which depends on such factors as the crown’s placement, your bite, your gum tissue, and, of course, your finances.

Remove the cavity or the decay, then build the damaged or broken part before start the crown preparation

Trim down the damaged tooth to make room for the crown to fit comfortably.

Take an impression for the crown by having you bite into impression paste placed on your trimmed tooth. This impression will go to a dental lab that’ll prepare your crown.

Insert a temporary crown until your permanent crown returns from the dental lab.

2nd visit: Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit the permanent one, making sure it feels right before cementing it into place. Ultimately, your crown should function just as your natural tooth would.

How to Prepare for a Crown

Preparing a tooth for a crown generally requires two visits to your dentist. The initial visit involves examining and preparing the tooth, and the second involves the placement of the crown.

During the first visit, your dentist may take X-rays to examine the roots of the tooth and its surrounding bone to ensure there is no risk of infection. Apply a local anesthetic to numb the area and pain free before the procedure.

Once the tooth has been reshaped, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth with paste or putty. This impression will be the model of your crown, which will be made within 2-4 weeks. In the meantime, your tooth will be fitted with a temporary crown to protect the treated tooth.

At your second visit, your dentist will remove your temporary crown and cement your permanent crown into place, ensuring the fit and color matches.

What are the benefits of having a dental crown fitted?

A crown can help support a tooth with a weakened structure or significant damage and prevent further decay or fracture to preserve your natural tooth for the future. Crowns can also improve the appearance of a tooth that is chipped or stained, restoring the tooth to its usual shape and color.

Proper oral hygiene (flossing and brushing) along with regular dental visit, a dental crown can last for years. Your dentist will advise you on how long you can expect your crown to last and how to maintain it.