Despite taking great care of your teeth — by brushing and flossing diligently every day — they can still become damaged. Whether you suffer from decay or have had your teeth injured in some way, you need to address damage as soon as possible. One of the most common ways of treating damage is with a dental crown. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist discusses this restorative procedure and describes everything you need to know about it.
What Is A Crown?
It is a piece of custom-shaped, bio-compatible material that is made to fit over a damaged tooth. It can be made with metal, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Usually, metal caps, whether made from gold or silver, go on the molars in the back of your mouth because they are less visible and need to withstand more pressure from your bite and chewing motion. Porcelain is more common for teeth towards the front of your mouth because they look like your natural teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal is the best of both worlds because they are more durable while also blending in seamlessly. When you need a dental crown, your dentist will make sure you receive the best kind for your specific needs.
When Receiving One Is Necessary
A dental crown is usually recommended when a tooth suffers substantial damage. It is able to fix a wide array of issues — including severely cracked teeth, decay, holding a dental bridge in place, and protecting a tooth after root canal treatment. It can also be used for cosmetic needs as well. Ultimately, your dentist will be able to tell you if it is the right option for you.
What To Expect From The Procedure
When you come in to have a cap placed, your dentist will take detailed images of the damaged tooth using an intraoral camera, a digital x-ray, and any other additional technology that can help. Next, they will make impressions of your teeth that will then go. to a lab technician who will make your crown. The last step consists of your dentist carefully placing the cap on your tooth, and they will make sure it fits snugly and comfortably for your smile.
How To Take Care Of It
Because caps are created to be as close to your natural teeth as possible, you just need to care for it like you would the rest of your smile. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night. You should also see your dentist every six months for a cleaning and a check-up. During your visits, your dentist will make sure the cap is still fitting well and that everything looks healthy.
Contact Us To Learn More About Dental Crowns
If you have more questions about dental crowns and to see if you need one, please schedule a consultation today by contacting Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX at (972)-530-0552. You can also find our practice at 6850 N Shiloh Rd, Suite C Garland, TX 75044.