Damage, decay, or infection can take a heavy toll on your smile. Left untreated, these conditions can cause pain and undermine your smile.
At Smile 360 PLLC in Austin, TX, you can get a custom dental crown in one visit. These restorations are strong and incredibly lifelike.
How can a dental crown transform the look and feel of your smile?
A New Crown Delivers Aesthetic and Functional Benefits
Improve Your BiteAlso known as caps, dental crowns are placed over the top of damaged or decayed teeth to restore their function and protect them from future damage. Because they can alleviate pain and discomfort caused by decay, they can improve your bite alignment and chewing ability.
Restore Your Oral HealthBecause dental crowns are used to restore the form and function of smiles affected by chips, cracks, decay, or other forms of damage, they can provide a variety of oral health benefits including decreased wear on teeth and improved dental hygiene. Because of their multiple functional benefits, dental crowns are also commonly used in full mouth reconstruction cases.
Show Off a Natural-Looking Smile
Dr. Vincent Ip can design and place lifelike crowns that complement your surrounding natural teeth. In addition to functional benefits, cosmetic dentists also use dental crowns with cosmetic procedures such as Invisalign® and veneers to restore the natural color, balance, and symmetry of your smile.
Porcelain Crowns Are Highly Aesthetic, Yet Long-Lasting
There Are Certain Factors to Consider:
Extent of Damage
In some cases, minor damage or decay that have only affected a small portion of the tooth can be repaired with a filling, inlay, or onlay. An examination can determine which restoration is right for you.
Periodontal disease can weaken surrounding gum tissue and cause a rapid decline of your oral health. You will need to receive treatment for this prior to dental crown placement.
If you need to replace an entire tooth rather than simply protecting a still existing one, you will need a dental implant to secure your crown. If you prefer to avoid surgery or if an implant is simply out of your budget, a dental bridge may be a better alternative.
Special Considerations for Porcelain Crowns
Because it closely resembles your natural teeth, porcelain is a popular material for crowns. Dr. Ip often recommends them to restore teeth near the front of your smile, where biting pressure is less intense. However, patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or bruxism may need a more durable material. During your consultation at our Austin office, the doctor will consider your goals, budget, and needs when making his recommendation.
Other Conditions Treated with Crowns
Crowns can also treat oral health issues such as:
- Bite misalignment
- Misshapen or disproportionate teeth
- Worn teeth due to grinding
The Crown Placement Process
Receiving a crown is typically split into two appointments. During the first, Dr. Ip will prepare your tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel to ensure that your crown fits comfortably into your smile. Once your tooth is ready, we will take digital impressions with advanced CEREC technology. These impressions are then sent to a trusted dental laboratory, where they are used as the basis for your customized crown. In most cases, the crown is completed and returned to the office in about one to two weeks. We may fit you with a temporary crown during this time to protect your prepared tooth.
If you have a tooth weakened by decay, damage, or teeth grinding, a dental crown can restore the strength of your smile.
Once your crown is ready, Dr. Ip will remove the temporary restoration. He will check the fit and feel of the permanent crown and make any minor adjustments before bonding it in place.
Maintaining Your Crown
With proper care, a crown can last ten years or more. Patients should make sure to brush their teeth at least twice a day and adjust their flossing technique around the crown to avoid dislodging it. We also recommend rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash once a day. You should also visit our office regularly for a biannual cleaning so we can monitor your crown and assess the health of the remaining tooth under the restoration.