Though in the past teeth extraction was more common, great strides have been made in dental technology. These advances allow your dentist to restore your damaged tooth with a dental crown rather than extracting it. Is a dental crown the best way to give your damaged tooth a second chance? Find out more about dental crowns and what they could mean for your smile with Dr. Jimmy Hill and Dr. Camie Davis at Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown fits on a tooth above the gumline. Crowns are made of porcelain, a material which can be modified to match the surrounding teeth’s color and has the same light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth, ensuring a natural look. A dental laboratory creates the dental crown based on an impression of your mouth taken by your dentist. This provides a totally customized dental restoration which fits perfectly into your smile.
Can a dental crown help me?
Though there are many reasons your dentist may suggest a crown, they are often used after procedures like root canals which leave behind large fillings. The crown stabilizes the tooth and helps prevent future damage. However, a crown may also serve another purpose like replacing a tooth as part of a dental bridge or dental implant. Crowns can improve the appearance of a tooth or even renew a damaged tooth’s bite to help the teeth function properly.
What can I expect from a crowning procedure?
A crown requires two separate dental appointments. The first appointment will involve preparing the tooth for the crown by removing enamel from the sides and top of the tooth. This makes room for the crown and helps with the bonding process. Then, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth for the dental laboratory. Your dentist may place a temporary crown on the prepared tooth. Your second appointment, which takes place after about two weeks, happens after the laboratory creates your crown and sends it back to your dentist’s office. At this visit, your dentist fits and affixes the crown to your tooth.
Dental Crowns in Lubbock, TX
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Hill and Dr. Davis at Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX. Call (806) 793-0651 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!