Dental Crowns by Dr. Jacob Grapevine, D.D.S.
What could be more important to your appearance than your smile? A cosmetic dental crown can change how you feel about your teeth. Today anyone can have a modern, superior-quality crown to correct cosmetic or medical problems. Our cosmetic dentistry in Plano, TX offers dental crowns for various dental problems. Tooth crowns are a restorative dentistry treatment we provide to Plano, Texas, and the surrounding areas.
Dr. Grapevine will help you select which is right for you. In most cases, Dr. Grapevine will recommend porcelain dental crowns because they provide structural healthiness and long-term durability.
What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a tooth-shaped mold that consists of zirconia and porcelain that fits over whatever remains of the tooth. Dr. Jacob Grapevine recommends crowns after root canals to protect your tooth structure and prevent long-term dental problems. A crown won’t chip or fracture. Today’s crowns look like real teeth, with the right color and hue. There are many types of materials that your dentist can use for tooth crowns as well.
What Do Dental Crowns Treat?
Dr. Grapevine may recommend a dental crown for a wide range of cosmetic and dental health concerns. They’re ideal for both cosmetic and restorative issues because they cover the entire tooth. Usually, professional teeth whitening takes care of tooth discoloration, but some doesn’t respond to traditional whitening methods. We color-match a crown to whatever shade of white you desire for your smile.
Crowns are commonly used to stabilize the tooth for various reasons. If you have a root canal, we extract infected dental pulp from the center of the tooth. We fill it back in with a biocompatible material and seal off the tooth, but sometimes that’s not enough. A dental crown ensures that it’s sealed from further decay and that you get back the function in your tooth. Crowns also do this for teeth that have severe decay or trauma. They’re the last line of defense before we have to resort to extraction.
If you have a misshapen or deformed tooth, it can effect both the look and function of your smile. A misshapen molar can make it hard to chew, and a deformed front tooth can impact biting and speech. When you have a broken tooth, nerves get exposed and it can be painful to function normally. Crowns can help with all of these dental issues. We craft them so that they look and function like normal, natural teeth.
Lastly, crowns are the usual choice when it comes to complete a dental implant. When topped with a custom-made dental crown, dental implants are the tooth restoration that both looks and feels the most natural. We recommend dental implants to any of our patients dealing with missing teeth.
Dental Crowns Procedure
Dr. Grapevine will begin by fitting the patient for the crown. Dr. Grapevine will also try various dental cement colors to match the permanent crown. He will ensure that it matches the color of the surrounding teeth for a seamless look. Then, Dr. Grapevine places a temporary crown made of tooth-colored plastic. It will be comfortable and functional to wear while the lab makes the permanent crown.
In some cases, Dr. Grapevine may use a false tooth called a “Flipper” instead of a temporary crown.
After about two weeks, you’re ready for the permanent crown. First, our dentist in Plano, TX must stabilize your tooth. This involves putting a filling in place before cementing your permanent crown onto the tooth.
Dental crowns are sometimes called “caps” because the dentist places them over the tooth, covering the entire structure. The porcelain dental crown material is extremely natural-looking. The dentist crafts the restorations in fine layers to reflect light the same way natural tooth enamel does.
Dr. Grapevine follows a simple process for treatment with dental crowns:
- Consultation & Evaluation. First, you will see Dr. Grapevine for a consultation and evaluation. He will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to diagnose your condition. Dr. Grapevine will outline a personalized treatment plan to address functional or health concerns and achieve cosmetic goals.
- Preparation. Next, the dentist prepares the tooth to accept the dental crown. He will remove old fillings to create a solid base for the porcelain dental crown. Dr. Grapevine will take an impression and select a color for the dental crown to match the natural teeth.
- Temporary Dental Crown. In many cases, Dr. Grapevine will create a temporary dental crown to protect the tooth. Our dental lab makes the final restoration and sends it to us when ready.
- Final Fit & Cementation. When it arrives from the lab, you will try on the dental crown for fit, shape, and color. Your dentist will make any minor adjustments before he permanently bonds the dental crown to your tooth.
Dental Crown Aftercare
We use a local anesthetic to numb the area where you’re receiving your crown. Avoid eating until this wears off. We don’t want you to accidentally bite your tongue because your mouth is still numb. For the first few days, avoid eating hard and sticky foods, as they can dislodge the crown. Try to chew on the other side of your mouth entirely when you’re eating.
It takes a few days to recover from your dental crown procedure. You’ll experience some soreness, inflammation, and sensitivity for this period. Manage your pain with over the counter pain medications and utilize warm salt water rinses to help reduce inflammation and help the healing process. If you’re experiencing pain after the first week or two of your procedure, call our office. We’ll need to check if the crown needs any adjustments.
Dental crowns can last a long time if you take proper care of them. This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day, along with visiting the dentist every six months. Even though the crown is covering your natural tooth, debris and bacteria can still possibly get under the crown and to the natural tooth structure. If the natural tooth is compromised, your dental crown won’t fit correctly.
For oral health products, be sure to avoid anything abrasive. Only use toothbrushes with soft bristles. Even the medium-bristeled tooth brushes can scratch the surface of your dental crown. Don’t use types of toothpaste that contain ingredients like activated charcoal, either. These are also abrasive and can harm the dental crown.
Dental Crown Before & After
Dr. Grapevine achieves natural-looking results that will last a lifetime.
See more dental crown before and after photos in our Smile Gallery
Our Patients Say It Best
“I was enormously impressed with the work Dr. Grapevine put into designing the crowns to look amazing. The process was as painless as possible, and before I knew it, I had the teeth I had always wanted. I love to smile now, I don’t feel like I have to hide my teeth, and I actually like having my picture taken.”
Dental Crown FAQs
How long will my tooth crown last?
Tooth crowns usually last ten to fifteen years. With proper dental care and a great oral hygiene routine, they can last longer. If your crown is causing you pain or discomfort, it’s time to get a new one.
Can a dentist whiten a dental crown?
Not really. You can not whiten a crown using traditional teeth whitening methods. However, you can take steps to prevent stains and reduce the effect of discolored teeth at home. Try rinsing your mouth with a baking soda and saltwater mix twice a week. You can also reduce your coffee and soda consumption and smokeless tobacco.
Do I always need a dental crown after a root canal?
A dentist should use a dental crown after almost all root canals to strengthen and reinforce the tooth. Without structural reinforcement, your tooth becomes susceptible to further decay, fractures, and damage. If not properly protected, your tooth can also develop permanent sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Visit our family dentistry for dental crowns in Plano, Texas by Dr. Jacob Grapevine. We are your top source for prosthodontics in Plano, Frisco, Dallas, and other surrounding communities near you. Give us a call today at (972) 449-5759, or request a dental exam online, and we will get back to you shortly.