Restore & Protect Damaged Teeth
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, Dr. Toni Engram is here to help. At Flourish Dental Boutique in Richardson, we specialize in restorative dentistry. We can cover up and protect your tooth with a high-quality dental crown, restoring your bite and smile and preventing further damage to your teeth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our holistic dental office
What Are Dental Crowns?
Understanding the Basics
Essentially, a dental crown is a false tooth that’s designed to completely cover and protect your tooth after it’s been damaged. This is why crowns are sometimes called caps, because they literally cap and protect your tooth, all the way down to the gum line.
To place a crown, your tooth is first trimmed, and then the crown is built to fit over the remaining enamel. The crown protects your natural tooth structure from any further damage or decay. It also restores your smile and the strength and function of your bite.
Crowns are often used to treat large cavities that are too extensive for fillings, or to restore teeth after root canal therapy. Dental crowns are also commonly used to repair cracked, broken, and damaged teeth after an oral injury.
What to Expect
The Crown Placement Procedure
The process of having a dental crown built and placed usually takes two appointments at our office over a period of about 2-3 weeks. First, you’ll come in for your initial crown preparation appointment.
Dr. Engram will begin by cleaning and numbing your mouth. You can also be sedated during your appointment, if you wish. Next, she will trim away any decayed or damaged enamel from the tooth that will be treated and shape it into a strong, stable anchor to which your crown can be attached. Once your tooth has been trimmed, Dr. Engram will take impressions of your teeth using dental putty.
Your dental impressions will then be sent to a third-party dental lab, where your porcelain crown will be manufactured. This process takes a few weeks, so Dr. Engram will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime.
Once your crown has arrived at our office, you’ll come back for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Engram will check the fit of the crown to ensure it’s perfect, then, it will be bonded in place permanently with dental cement.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Caring for Your Crown
Your dental crown will be built out of a tooth-like, porcelain material that is very strong and durable. With proper care, it will last you 15+ years.
The best way to make sure your dental crown lasts a long time is to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss your teeth once every day. It is also important to continue to see Dr. Toni Engram every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. These simple steps will ensure a long lifespan for your new crown.