A broken tooth can be not only painful, but it can also make you insecure about smiling in front of other people. Fortunately, we have several restorative treatment options here at Cassie Allison, DDS to repair a broken or decayed tooth. One of these treatments, known as dental crowns, is designed to strengthen a weak tooth and protect it from future damage while also blending in with the rest of your pearly whites. If you’re tired of dealing with the inconveniences of a broken tooth, contact us today to learn more about dental crowns in Colleyville.
A dental crown is essentially a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over the entire visible part of a structurally compromised tooth, effectively shielding it from additional damage. Often, a dental crown plays a key role in protecting a tooth and saving it from needing an extraction.
Dental crowns can be made from various materials, such as gold and silver, but we typically use dental porcelain. Not only is this material durable enough to withstand the daily forces of chewing for years to come, but it can be customized to mimic the color of your natural enamel. It even reflects light in the exact same way. Once the crown is placed, you’ll be able to smile confidently knowing that others won’t be able to tell the difference!
In most cases, getting a dental crown requires two appointments (not counting your initial consultation). During the first of these visits, your dentist in Colleyville prepares your tooth by gently reshaping it so that it can accommodate the crown. Then, our team captures impressions of that area of your mouth, creating a mold that our partnered dental lab uses to construct your crown.
Until then, we can place a temporary crown over your tooth. Once the crown arrives at our office a few weeks later, simply return to have us switch out your temporary for your permanent restoration. After making any necessary adjustments, all we have to do is bond it to your tooth, and you’re free to enjoy your new and improved smile!
Despite how common dental crowns are, you might still have a few questions about the treatment process. When you visit us for an appointment, your dentist in Colleyville will be happy to address any of your concerns and set your mind at ease. In the meantime, feel free to peruse this list of frequently asked questions about dental crowns that we have answered below!
In order for there to be enough room in your mouth for the crown, we’ll have to alter the tooth’s shape. This may involve building up the tooth’s structure with filling material, but more often than not, we’ll have to remove a thin layer of enamel from the outside. Once tooth enamel has been lost, it cannot regenerate. As a result, preparing your tooth for a crown is an irreversible procedure.
That said, the tooth will probably be subjected to far worse damage without the crown to protect it, so the tooth alteration should be worth it in the long run.
Before we prepare your tooth for the crown, we will make sure your mouth is numb by administering a local anesthetic to the area. If you need additional help relaxing, we also offer sedation options. After the numbness wears off in a couple of hours, your mouth will most likely be a little sore for a day or two, but it should only be minor.
When you return to receive your permanent crown, you may experience slight sensitivity when we remove the temporary. However, we can numb your mouth beforehand if you’re worried about feeling pain. Again, your tooth may feel a bit sore afterward, but taking an ibuprofen as needed should be more than enough to relieve any discomfort.
On average, a dental crown will last between five and 15 years. Believe it or not, the tooth-colored materials we use to make crowns, such as porcelain, are usually just as durable as traditional metal crowns. Like most types of dental work, dental crowns in Colleyville tend to last longer the better you take care of your oral health.
A crowned tooth can essentially be maintained just like any other tooth. Keep in mind that even if a tooth is protected by a crown, it may still be vulnerable to decay and infection. That’s why you’ll still need to brush and floss that tooth as normal. Pay close attention to the area where the crown meets your gums, as that is where bacteria are most likely to accumulate. You should also avoid chewing on anything particularly hard or sticky to prevent your crown from fracturing, loosening, or coming off entirely.