Dental crowns are used to restore the form and function of smiles affected by chips, cracks, decay, or other forms of damage. Each crown is carefully crafted to offer both cosmetic and oral health benefits so that your smile looks and feels natural. At Smile 360 in Austin, TX, Dr. Vincent Ip can design and place lifelike crowns that complement your surrounding natural teeth.
Aesthetic and Functional Benefits
Also 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. They can provide a variety of oral health benefits, including:
- Improved support
- Increased chewing ability
- Alleviated discomfort
- Decreased wear on teeth
- Proper bite alignment
- Easier dental hygiene
In addition to functional benefits, a dental crown can also work with cosmetic procedures such as Invisalign® and veneers to restore the natural color, balance, and symmetry of your smile. Because of their multiple functional benefits, dental crowns are also commonly used in full mouth reconstruction cases.
Candidacy for Dental Crowns
Crowns are most often recommended to treat oral health issues such as:
- Severe decay or damage
- Chips, cracks, or fractures
- Bite misalignment
- Misshapen or disproportionate teeth
- Worn teeth due to grinding
- Severe discoloration
- Weakened tooth structure due to dental work
In some cases, dental crowns can also cap dental implants replacing missing teeth. Regardless of the reason, however, patients interested in receiving a crown must have a healthy foundation to ensure successful results. Dr. Ip can provide treatment for periodontal issues before placing your restoration.
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.
Protect Your Oral Health
If you have a tooth weakened by decay, damage, or teeth grinding, a dental crown can restore the strength of your smile. Learn more about dental crowns and the other restorative options we offer by calling our office at (512) 444-4746 or contact us online today.