The part of your tooth that you see when you smile, also called its crown, is subjected to an onslaught of attacks every single day. Not only does it withstand regular barrages from food, digestive fluids, and bacteria, but it’s tasked with protecting the underlying sensitive layers of your tooth. These responsibilities can sometimes cause the tooth’s crown to become compromised. Unless we repair the tooth, it will have to be extracted. Fortunately, dental crowns in Grand Prairie can restore the functionality and aesthetics of your tooth. Contact Real Dental today to learn more!
A dental crown is a restorative treatment that fits like a cap over your natural tooth to protect it from further damage while also improving the way it looks. Crowns can be made from all sorts of materials, such as silver or gold, but here at Real Dental, we like to use dental porcelain. This substance is able to mimic tooth enamel almost perfectly in both appearance and feel.
The only way to know for certain whether you’re a good candidate for a crown is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We may recommend a crown to treat a tooth that:
During the first of two appointments, your dentist will begin by shaving off a thin, conservative layer of enamel from the tooth that needs the crown. This ensures there is plenty of room for it to lay flat in your smile.
Once your tooth is fully prepared, we take impressions of it and send the data to our partnered dental lab. While they get to work custom making your crown, we can place a temporary to protect your tooth in the meantime. In a few weeks, when your final crown is ready, you’ll return to our office to have it cemented in place.
When a tooth has sustained severe damage, our only options are to repair it or remove it. Since missing teeth can contribute to a slew of oral health problems, we try to avoid extraction whenever possible. Dental crowns are a great way to prevent the damage that would make extracting a tooth necessary. Some additional benefits of dental crowns are: