Dental Crowns An Overview
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 and Dr. Grapevine will help you select which is right for you. In most cases, Dr. Grapevine will recommend porcelain dental crowns because of they provide structural healthiness, and long-term durability.
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 fractured, decayed or chipped tooth
- Replace an old metal filling
What Is A Crown?
A tooth-shaped model made of zirconia and porcelain that fits over whatever remains of the tooth is called a crown.
Why Do Dentists Recommend Crowns?
A crown protects the tooth structure to prevent long-term problems. A crown won’t chip or fracture. And, today’s crowns look just like real teeth, with the right color and hue.
How the Process Works
The dentist fits the patient for the crown and matches the color to your other teeth. The dentist also will try out various dental cement colors to match the permanent crown.
Then, the dentist 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 the dentist 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, however, the dentist must stabilize your tooth. This involves putting a filling in place before cementing your permanent crown onto the tooth. Tooth crowns usually last ten to fifteen years.
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Dental Crowns What to Expect
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 reflects 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.
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 & Afters
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.”