Renew Dental Function with a Dental Crown
If you have a cavity that is too large for a filling, a dental crown can be a great solution. At Rockwall Family Dentistry in Rockwall, TX, Dr. Rachel Todd works very carefully when designing dental crowns. With her artistry and the skill of our trusted lab, we can provide a crown that will blend nicely with your smile. In some cases, we can prepare the treatment site and place a crown in a single visit. However, even when this is not possible, our service will be efficient, convenient, and comfortable. With proper care, your dental crown will be extremely durable, and we can provide tips to help extend its lifespan.
When Are Crowns Appropriate?
Crowns are large caps that fit completely over the top of teeth. They can repair severe dental damage and strengthen seriously weakened teeth. Dr. Todd may recommend a crown in any of the following situations.
- You have a cavity, but the decayed area is too large for a simple filling.
- You have an infected tooth, in which case we will include a crown as part of root canal therapy.
- Your tooth is cracked.
- You are missing a tooth, and want to restore it with an implant-supported crown.
- You have an unusually shaped tooth or other cosmetic issue.
During your consultation, Dr. Todd will evaluate your tooth. She will use our state-of-the-art digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to determine the extent of the damage. Then she can make a suitable recommendation for your care. If a crown is appropriate, she will help you choose the right restorative material. Although crowns can be made from metal, almost all of our crowns are crafted from porcelain or zirconia.
Design and Placement
Before she can place a crown, Dr. Todd will need to prepare your tooth. She will first trim away any decayed or damaged tissue, using local anesthesia to virtually eliminate discomfort. This process will also enable her to reshape your tooth, thus creating a solid foundation for your restoration. When she is finished, she will take impressions. These models will ensure that your crown has a lifelike appearance and a secure fit.
In some cases, we can provide same-day crowns, including single-visit root canal therapy. In other instances, we will send your impressions to a lab where they will create your restoration. Then you will visit our office for a second appointment which involves attaching the crown. When two visits are necessary, patients still experience a quick turnaround. We also provide a comfortable temporary crown to prevent sensitivity.
Maintaining Your Crown
To ensure a long-lasting restoration, you should maintain proper dental hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will protect your overall oral health, as well as your crown. When flossing around the dental crown, you will need to use a slightly different method than you may be accustomed to. Patients will need to pull the floss from the front of your tooth to the back as opposed to pulling the floss up and down next to your tooth, as this can dislodge the restoration.
When taken care of properly, your dental crown should last about seven years.
Further, you should avoid putting too much pressure on the treated tooth. A crown can withstand the force needed for normal biting and chewing. However, you should not place excess force on your teeth by eating extremely hard or sticky foods. You should also avoid chewing ice, biting your nails, using your teeth to open packages, or other similar activities. When taken care of properly, your crown should last about seven years.