Dental crowns are an awesome way to restore teeth that are damaged in some manner. This healthy tooth reconstructive procedure comes in handy to help millions of people recover their missing teeth or for reasons like injuries, wearing, or decay. The Woodlands dental crowns expert dentist, Dr. Scott Young, DDS, has made it possible for people to restore their healthy, radiant smiles in over 15,000 successful procedures. Call the office or use the online tool for virtual or one-on-one appointments.
Dental crowns are tooth-like “caps” that cover your damaged tooth purposely to restore its strength, shape, size, and appearance. The crown assumes the shape of a natural tooth, covering from the gum line upwards as it completely covers the visible part of the intended tooth as it bonds in place.
The importance of a dental crown to you
Dental crowns offer various dental solutions; as Scott Young DDS will highlight to you, it can be for:
- Restoring a completely worn-out tooth or broken tooth.
- In the root canal procedure, the crown holds the tooth after the procedure.
- When having bad tooth discoloration or a misshapen tooth, the dental crown works for you.
- In tooth decay or severely broken teeth, a crown is useful for keeping the broken pieces together.
- Offering anchorage and keeping a large filling on a tooth that is worn out and is at the peril of breaking.
- In dental treatment like dental bridging, the crown holds it in position.
- Covering a dental implant.
Dental crowns are the best choice due to their durability of up to 15 years, giving you confidence for satisfying outcomes compared to any other alternative treatment.
Materials for dental crowns
There is a range of materials for making crowns. These include:
- Metals such as gold, chromium, nickel, and palladium.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal matches almost similar to the next natural tooth to the crown; however, the metal underlies the porcelain as dark.
- All-resin, they are cheap but wear and break easily.
The experts at the Scott Young DDS always select the porcelain material which is the best quality for your crown. Porcelain provides the best appearance resembling the translucence of your natural enamel. The mimicry trait of porcelain material makes it difficult for anyone to differentiate between your natural tooth and your crown. Moreover, the porcelain does not have abrasives thus cannot wear the surrounding teeth.
How to prepare for the dental crown procedure
At Scott Young DDS, a minimum of two office visits will see you through with your dental crowning. During the first visit, Dr. Young will conduct an X-ray of the tooth and bone around it. There might be a root canal treatment before the crowning if there are any infection risks, tooth pulp injury, or tooth decay. If much of your tooth is damaged, the team will conduct a tooth build-up structure for the crown to cover. After reshaping, an impression is made for receiving the crown. The impression is sent to the lab, and a temporary crown is made to cover as you await the permanent crown.
At your second visit, the crown is checked for its fit and color then a temporary crown is removed and cemented with the permanent. You might feel some discomfort or sensitivity as the anesthesia wears out, but you will adjust gradually. Call the office for consultations about your dental health challenges or schedule your visit via the online tool now.