By +Nikki Green DDS Ft. Worth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental crowns never fail to impress our patients. They are always just as thrilled with the results as we are – and when our patients are happy, we are happy. If you are excited about the possibilities of dental crowns here are some answers to the most common questions we hear.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is designed to replace or cover existing damaged, malformed or discolored teeth. They are precisely aligned with your natural teeth for a natural smile and a comfortable bite. Crowns are made from a variety of materials and porcelain crowns offer a perfect solution for front teeth.
They can be used as a cosmetic procedure as well as for restoration.
When are they used?
Crowns are recommended to replace large fillings as well as to prevent the possibility of further fracturing. We may also recommend crowns for the following reasons:
• Restoration of a severely fractured teeth
• For cosmetics reasons such as severely stained or malformed teeth
• To cap a root canal treatment
How are dental crowns inserted?
Here are the basic steps for prepping and inserting a crown:
• The damaged tooth is first treated and shaped in order to accommodate the crown.
• An impression of your teeth is made to create a model from which the crown can be molded.
• A temporary crown is fitted over the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being crafted at a dental lab.
• Once the crown is complete the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is checked for fit and color.
• Adjustments can be made as required.
• Once the crown is perfect we permanently cement it into place.
Is the procedure painful?
Local anesthesia is used to avoid any pain. Naturally, some sensitivity may be expected – but never any prolonged pain.
Can dental crowns be used when a tooth is missing?
Bridges and dental implants are used in the permanent restoration of missing teeth.
To discuss whether a crown is the right treatment for you, call our friendly and helpful team on (817) 737-6601 to arrange an appointment.