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Dental Crowns Put the Finishing the Touches on Spring Texas Smiles
Dental crowns are a cap that is customized to cover the tooth. We at Vita Dental Spring offer crowns to our patients for various reasons. Dental crowns aim to restore the shape and size of the tooth while also increasing its strength. If successful, it will be cemented in place encasing the tooth for protection. Crowns can even be used in pediatric dentistry. If the baby teeth are damaged by decay, a crown might be used.
The Types of Crowns
There are permanent and temporary crowns. The crowns we offer at Vita Dental Spring can be made of various materials. Here is a look at the types of crowns you can get at our dental clinic.
These crowns are made right at the dental office, to give the tooth cover as we at Vita Dental Spring prepare the final crown. The temporary crowns are made of acrylic or stainless steel.
- Stainless Steel
A stainless steel crown is a temporary solution to protect the tooth or filling as the permanent one is being made. Stainless steel crowns are often used in kids to protect their milk teeth from further decay. This way, the permanent teeth will come out naturally.
Metal crowns at Vita Dental Spring include alloys with gold or platinum content, base metal alloys like nickel-chromium and cobalt-chromium. The alloys endure that wear and tear of biting and chewing. They are considered durable since they rarely break or chip. The color is a major disadvantage since they are often used for molars.
This dental crown is a solid option for back or front teeth. They are also used where a dental bridge demands that metal provides the support. The main advantage is appearance. The color can be customized to match the shade of teeth. However, porcelain is prone to chipping over time.
Dental crowns made from resin are cheap compared to other options. Over time, they have a tendency to wear down to fracture faster than other types of crowns.
- All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain
These are the best cosmetic choice. The crowns offer a natural color match to teeth. They are the best for those with metal allergies.
Why you might Need a Dental Crown
There are numerous reasons why you might come to be fitted with a dental crown at Vita Dental Spring. However, these are the most common.
- When You Require A Root Canal
When the tooth becomes too decayed, a dentist will conduct a root canal. Once complete, a crown is placed on the tooth to restore its strength.
- Cosmetic Reasons
If a tooth is discolored or damaged, the appearance may be enhanced using porcelain or ceramic. If the patient has an ugly filling, a crown will help to cover it up.
- If A Tooth Is Close To Breaking
A cracked tooth will often demand that a crown is used. This is done to save the structure of tooth from collapse. A cracked tooth can also be quite painful, so the crown will offer relief and strengthen it.
- After A Dental Implant
A dental implant is used to replace an extracted tooth. Once an implant is placed in place, the crown will cover the implant, which will allow the patient to chew properly. The crown is part of the restoration.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Most of the work will occur at this stage. After numbing the tooth, it is shaped by trimming away some of the enamel. About 70% of the enamel is removed. Each patient’s unique scenario will determine how much tooth is removed.
Once it is properly shaped, the next step is making an impression of the tooth, which allows making the perfect crown. This tooth will be washed and dried and a retraction cord placed around the tooth to push back the gum. A temporary crown is then placed on it.
- Follow-Up Appointment
This is when the crown is placed on the tooth. It is relatively short compared to the first one. The tooth is numbed and the temporary crown removed. A permanent crown is placed without cement to see if it fits. The crown may have to be adjusted many times, to ensure it fits well. Once the perfect fit is achieved, the crown is cemented to the tooth. The patient has to bit down on a cotton gauge until the cement sets. The final step is to scrape away excess cement around each tooth.
- Post-Dental Crown Care
Most of this care is obvious. Avoid chewy foods such as candy or ice. If you often clench your teeth, you will be advised to wear a mouth guard. Over time, this grinding can wear down the crown. Besides that, you need to maintain standard oral care. Thus, you have to brush and floss, to avoid plaque buildup around the crown.
Visit us at Vita Dental Spring to get the perfect crown. A poorly fitted crown could lead to decay of the protected tooth.
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