An untreated weakened, worn, broken, or unstable tooth can do some serious damage to your smile. Dental crowns, which work to correct these dental issues, can breathe new life into your tooth and help you correct your aesthetic and bite issues and prevent further damage. Learn more about dental crowns with Dr. Jimmy D. Hill and Dr. Camie G. Davis at Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns fall under both the restoration and cosmetic dentistry umbrellas. While crowns’ main objective is to strengthen or stabilize a weakened tooth, they can also work to improve the appearance of a tooth. Your dentist places a crown over the top of a tooth. This requires a preparation of removing small parts of enamel from the sides and top of the tooth, then shaping it into the correct form to fit snugly inside of the crown, ensuring a proper and strong bond.
Dental Crowns in Lubbock, TX
A dental laboratory customizes each individual dental crown for your mouth, which takes several weeks. This means that crowns usually require two dental appointments. At the first appointment, if necessary, your dentist repairs your damaged tooth, then prepares it to receive the crown. A temporary crown protects your prepared tooth while the dental laboratory creates the crown. Once your dentist receives your final restoration, you will have your second appointment. This visit includes removing the temporary crown to place the final restoration onto the tooth.
What can a dental crown do for me?
Dental crowns are quite versatile and repair many dental issues, including:
- stabilizing a weakened tooth
- covering a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- strengthening a tooth after a large filling
- strengthening a tooth after a root canal
- improving the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
- restoring the biting surface of a worn down tooth to make eating and chewing easier
Your dentist is your best resource for determining if a dental crown is right for you and your dental situation. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Jimmy D. Hill and Dr. Camie G. Davis at Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX. Call (806) 793-0651 to schedule your appointment for a dental examination today!