Custom-Crafted Caps Can Repair Your Smile and Dental Function
Dental crowns are one of the most common and trusted restorative dentistry options. Made with impressions and photos of your tooth, these caps are fabricated to fit over your damaged tooth, restoring its form and function. At 7 Day Dental Center, we proudly offer crowns made from several types of advanced dental material, and your dentist will help you select the right type for your budget and aesthetic goals.
Candidates for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can be used to treat a wide range of problems, including:
- Broken teeth
- Weakened teeth
- Large cavities that are too extensive for a dental filling
- Chipped teeth
- Severe cosmetic flaws
- Teeth that have just undergone root canal therapy
How a Crown Is Placed
To place a crown, Dr. Jing or one of our other restorative dentists will carefully reshape your tooth to create room for the cap. Before performing this step, your dentist will numb your tooth and gum tissue, so the treatment should involve minimal discomfort. When your tooth has been prepped, he or she will take impressions of your tooth, sending them to a dental lab, where technicians will create a crown that is a near-perfect match to your tooth. While you wait for your crown, you may receive a temporary cap that will help prevent sensitivity and enable you to eat and drink with relative ease.
When the crown is finished, you will come in for your second appointment. Your dentist will check the fit, making sure that the restoration does not alter the force and balance of your bite. Then he or she will attach the cap using permanent dental cement. Immediately after the material has hardened, you should enjoy full dental functionality.
Dental crowns can be fabricated with a range of materials. Our options include:
- Metal: Metal crowns offer incredible strength and durability. However, they will not match the natural shade of your teeth, and, therefore we typically only recommend them for back molars.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: PFM crowns have a metal base with an outer porcelain shell. The ceramic will be carefully selected to blend with the shade of your smile. After several years, however, the darker colored metal may begin to show through.
- Ceramic: Porcelain crowns are the most lifelike of the three options. They can be color matched to your surrounding teeth and will not change color over time. Although ceramic is not as strong as metal, many patients believe this is a small price to pay for the highly natural appearance of porcelain crowns.
Select the Right Crown for Your Smile
If your tooth needs a custom dental crown, then your dentist can explain more about your options and help you select the right type of crown for your smile. Schedule a consultation by calling the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Ft. Worth and Lake Worth, TX, and we welcome patients and their families who live in all of the surrounding DFW communities.