When are dental crowns needed?
You may need a dental crown if you:
- Have a large cavity or a broken tooth
- Have severely stained teeth
- Have dental implants
- Have teeth that are cracked, worn, or chipped
Porcelain dental crowns can be shaded to match the color of your natural teeth. Your dentist can place crowns on a single tooth, or they can place crowns on multiple teeth.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Dental crowns are intended to look and function like your natural teeth. A dental crown can protect a weak tooth from additional damage or cover a dental implant. They can also restore a tooth’s shape, size, and color after chipping, decay, or root canal treatment.
The benefits of dental crowns are:
- Protect weak or damaged teeth
- Restore teeth after decay or root canal treatment
- Replace missing tooth structure
- Fix misshapen or misaligned teeth
What does getting dental crowns involve?
Getting a dental crown typically involves two appointments. In the first visit, we prepare your tooth (or teeth) by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. This is necessary to ensure there is sufficient space for the dental crown to surround the tooth without becoming too tight. Next, we will take impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory along with specifications for your new crown. In about a week, your crown(s) will be ready for placement.
Types of dental crowns
Dental crowns are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Our dentist will carefully choose the material of the crown that is best for your smile, depending on the location of the tooth and your desired aesthetic results.
How long do dental crowns last?
Crowns require the same care as your natural teeth. Dental crowns last an average of 5-15 years, depending on how well you take care of them. They last longer than fillings but less than dental implants.
Dental crowns can last even longer if you take good care of them, including:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day.
- Visit the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
- Avoid chewing on hard items like ice, pens, and fingernails.
Are dental crowns right for me?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to help restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, such as ceramic, gold, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Dental crowns are typically used to restore a tooth that is already damaged due to decay, cracks, or trauma. However, dental crowns can also be used as part of a smile makeover or orthodontic treatment plan to help enhance the appearance of your smile.
Vosh Dental, located in Fort Worth, TX, is equipped with the best dentists and modern technologies that enable the best dental treatment for patients. Call us at (817) 203-1561 and schedule an appointment to visit the dentist.