Some of our patients have teeth that are weak, breaking, cracked, or severely worn down. If you are one of them, we’re excited to let you know that the dentist at Highland Oaks Family Dentistry has a great solution that will restore your tooth to their appropriate size, shape, and strength, helping to alleviate any pain you might be suffering from in the process: a dental crown.
Usually, this is a procedure for a single tooth, but it can also be performed for multiple teeth (called a bridge). The tooth crown procedure generally occurs over two separate visits. During the first, we examine and prepare the tooth, take an impression, and fit you with a temporary crown. Then we work with a dental lab to make your custom crown. Once that’s finished and we’ve received the dental crown, we’ll bring you back for your second visit where we remove the temporary and fit and place the permanent one.
What materials are used to make dental crowns?
There are a number of materials that can be used to cover the teeth. The most common are porcelain-based ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, gold alloys, and metal alloys. At Highland Oaks Family Dentistry, we prefer to use porcelain out of the dental crown options for its more natural look.
Why is tooth preparation necessary for a crown?
When we prepare a tooth for a dental crown, we’re reshaping or removing a small bit of the tooth material in order to create enough space for the crown to fit well. Tooth preparation ensures that the crown feels natural and that your bite isn’t negatively affected.
How long should dental crowns last?
How long a dental crown lasts mainly depends on what material the crown is made out of, how much wear or stress it’s exposed to, and how well you keep up with your oral health care. In general, they last between five and 15 years, but some patients have had their crowns last as long as 25 to 30 years.
Do dental crowns stain?
Porcelain crowns are highly stain-resistant since they’re made from a color-stable material. It’s possible that the teeth next to your dental crown will change color over time based on the foods and drinks you eat, but your dental crown should remain the same shade.
If you have a gap in your mouth where teeth used to be, don't fret. Although it can be embarrassing having multiple teeth missing, it's not a situation that is impossible to fix; in this case, the dentist at Highland Oaks Family Dentistry might recommend a bridge to complete your beautiful row of teeth. Dental bridges are fixed porcelain pieces that are permanently joined in a row and can be supported by natural teeth with crowns on them, or by implant-supported crowns (similar to single-tooth dental implants). They look and feel like your natural teeth, but the bridge is removable.
How the bridge is built depends on how many missing teeth a patient has, the location of the missing teeth, the size and length of the roots that abutments (tooth root replacements) will be placed in, and the amount of bone support each anchor has. Because of how complex such a process can be, designing and creating the bridge requires a great understanding of how to replace teeth, as well as the way surrounding gum and bone tissue would behave with a bridge nearby - the kind of knowledge you'll find the dental care providers at Highland Oaks Family Dentistry have.
Call Highland Oaks Family Dentistry today at (817) 520-5255 and ask about our tooth replacement options, and get started on reshaping your smile today!