For decades, dental crowns were often referred to as caps. This makes sense when you consider that crowns are not the most accurate description of this useful dental treatment. After all, dental crowns are not rings fitted around a tooth but actually a full cap that fits over a restored tooth. At Rivercrest Family Dental in New Braunfels, TX we offer crowns as both cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and encourage all patients to learn more about them here.
What Are Dental Crowns?
We just learned that crowns are more of a cap than a ring of metal. They are produced in labs and are made to look and work just like the original “crown” or upper portion of a tooth. They preserve whatever is left of the natural crown, and enable you to keep an adult tooth healthy and functional, which ensures long-term oral health.
They are remarkable because they allow you to keep an adult tooth that has been damaged, broken or weakened when treated for decay. When you visit our office our general or cosmetic dentist is going to let you know when you need a crown, and the most common reason they are used include:
- A tooth has been weakened or compromised by an overly large cavity or an old amalgam (metal filling)
- A tooth has been broken and cannot be restored through bonding or filling
- A tooth that has been treated with a root canal
- A dental implant needs to be topped with a crown
- A cosmetic issue with a tooth that cannot be addressed through whitening, bonding or another approach
- A patient requires a dental bridge, and two crowns are placed at each end to protect the teeth that support the bridge
How Crowns Are Used
To use a crown, our cosmetic dentist will prepare the tooth as necessary. This may mean doing a root canal in one or more of the roots of the tooth, removing decay or simply removing some of the structure of the tooth to allow the crown to be placed. They will take a mold and ensure that the new crown works exactly in your bite as the original tooth; fitting against the neighboring teeth on each side and the teeth above.
We send out the mold to a special dental lab, and they will make a durable metal and/or porcelain crown that looks exactly like the original tooth, and is even the same color as neighboring teeth. When it returns from the lab, you pop into our dental office and the new crown is bonded to the upper portion of the tooth.
Dental crowns still need the same daily brushing and flossing as natural teeth and regular cleanings and checkups ensure that your oral health, as well as the health of the crown is optimized.
Visit Us For Dental Crowns Today
Now that you know a bit more about dental crowns, it is time to visit our dentist office in New Braunfels to talk with a dentist about this treatment. Get in touch with us today by calling 830-625-7611 or by visiting our Contact page.