What could be more important to your appearance than your smile? Sometimes a cosmetic crown can completely change the way you feel about your teeth. Today anyone can have a modern, superior quality crown to correct cosmetic or medical problems. Plano, Texas dentist Dr. Jacob Grapevine offers dental crowns for a range of dental problems. There are many types of materials that can be used for tooth crowns. 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 tooth-shaped mold made of zirconia and porcelain that fits over whatever remains of the tooth is called a crown. Dentists recommend crowns after root canals to protect your tooth structure to prevent long-term problems. A crown won’t chip or fracture. Today’s crowns look just like real teeth, with the right color and hue. Dr. Grapevine may recommend a dental crown for a wide range of cosmetic and dental health concerns:
- To strengthen a tooth after a root canal
- Make your teeth appear straight
- Cover discoloration
- Make your bite more comfortable
- They can correct a close bite
- Make a weakened or worn-looking tooth appear healthy
- Solution for a fractured, decayed or chipped tooth
- Replace an old metal filling
Dental Crowns in Plano, TX
Dr. Grapevine will begin by fitting the patient for the crown. It will be color-matched to your other teeth for a seamless appearance. Dr. Grapevine will also try out various dental cement colors to match the permanent crown. Then, Dr. Grapevine places a temporary crown made of tooth-colored plastic. It will be comfortable and functional for you to wear while the lab is making 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, Dr. Grapevine 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 they are placed over the tooth, covering the entire tooth structure. The material used for porcelain dental crowns is extremely natural-looking. The restorations are created in fine layers which reflect light the same as natural tooth enamel.
Dr. Grapevine follows a simple process for treatment with dental crowns:
- Consultation & Evaluation – first, you will see Dr. Grapevine for a consultation and evaluation. Here, he will examine your teeth, gums and mouth to diagnose your condition. Dr. Grapevine will outline a personalized treatment plan to address any functional or health concerns and achieve your cosmetic goals.
- Preparation – next, the tooth is prepared to accept the dental crown. Any old fillings will be removed to create a solid foundation 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 while the final restoration is being made in a dental laboratory.
- Final Fit & Cementation – when it arrives from the lab, the dental crown is tried on for fit, shape and color. Any minor adjustments are made before the dental crown is permanently bonded to the tooth.
Dental Crown Aftercare
Caring for your dental crowns after your final appointment is easy. A regular routine of dental cleanings and examinations will help to identify any issues that might arise after the procedure. Dental porcelains are highly resistant to stains so you can be sure that your porcelain dental crowns will look white and bright for years to come.
Dental Crown Before & After
Dr. Grapevine is dedicated to achieving 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 that Dr. Grapevine put into designing the crowns, so they would look amazing. The process was as painless as possible and before I knew it, I had the teeth that 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 means that it’s time to get a new one.
Can a dental crown be whitened?
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 salt water mix a couple of times a week. You can also reduce your coffee and soda consumption, as well as smoke less tobacco.
Do I always need a dental crown after a root canal?
Yes, almost all root canals should be reinforced with a dental crown. Without structural reinforcement, your tooth becomes very susceptible to further decay, fractures, and tooth damage. Your tooth can also develop permanent sensitivity to hot and cold foods if not properly protected.