Dental Crowns in Grand Prairie
Definition of a Dental Crown
A crown, or as we know it a cap, is permanently placed over a damaged or decayed tooth, making it stronger and appear like new. Crowns are permanent and can only be removed with the help of a dentist. They are made of:
- Metal Alloys
Depending on the location, the dentist will help you determine the material of the crown. For instance, back teeth need stronger materials such as metal or gold. Whether you receive acrylic, ceramic, or porcelain, the crown will be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
8 Reasons You May Need a Crown
There are times when the damage on the tooth can only be fixed by covering it with a crown. Here’s a list of reasons, your dentists may recommended a crown for you.
- The filling is very large and as a result a very little of your natural tooth remains intact.
- Your tooth has become week and is ready to crack.
- Your tooth is already cracked.
- You have had a root canal treatment.
- You have a dental implant to fix a missing/ decayed tooth.
- You are getting a bridge.
- Your tooth is poorly colored and shaped.
Having Your Dental Crown Made
The initial step involves reducing your natural tooth in order to place a cap over it. If a crown is being put over an implant, you will have the process done first. Only when the tooth is reduced or the implant is in place, an impression is created using a mold.
The impression is then sent to our lab and the crown is built following the doctor’s specifications and using the right material to make the teeth match your natural teeth if appropriate.
Post-impression, the dentists will place a crown into your mouth. Please remember that creating the crown could take several days and in the meantime the temporary one will help chew and perform other function normally.
The temporary crown is removed once the permanent one is ready and cemented onto the tooth or anchored into the dental implant. A crown is a permanent fix like bridges and should only be removed by the dentist.
Taking Care of Your Dental Crown
Although crowns are made to last forever, they can come loose or even tend to fall out. You should take care of your crown like you do your natural teeth to keep this from happening.
- Brush and floss daily
- Visit the dentist for regular cleaning and check-ups
- Avoid eating hard foods