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Crowns Specialist

Lake Forest Dental

Davina Prida, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in McKinney, TX

Dental crowns address a wide range of tooth damage, like cracked teeth and decay. At Lake Forest Dental in McKinney, Texas, Davina Prida, DDS, provides custom dental crowns to help patients preserve the health of their remaining tooth and bone structure. To find out if dental crowns are right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.


What is a dental crown?

A dental crown, or cap, is a tooth-shaped covering used to protect what’s left of a damaged tooth. Crowns help restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of damaged teeth. Crowns are custom made for each patient and prevent further damage from affecting bone health and nerve functions. 

When is a crown necessary?

Crowns are quite versatile and are used in a number of applications. Some of these uses include:

  • Preserving cracked and chipped teeth
  • Restoring worn down teeth
  • Covering teeth with a lot of damage or decay
  • Covering dental implants
  • Rebuilding a tooth after a root canal
  • Improving the appearance of a discolored tooth

Dental crowns help patients avoid procedures like extractions by preserving what’s left of the natural tooth. When applied, crowns cover all visible parts of a tooth, giving you a natural appearance. 

What are crowns made from?

There are a number of materials used to make dental crowns. Three of the most common materials are ceramic, porcelain, and gold.

Ceramic crown

Ceramic crowns are made from tooth-colored ceramic. This type of crown is the most popular because it mimics the appearance of natural teeth. Ceramic crowns are strong and durable, and don’t contain any metal. 

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crown

This type of crown is made from metal and is topped (fused) with porcelain to hide the appearance of the metal. PFM crowns are favored for their ability to combine the strength of metal crowns with the natural appearance of ceramic crowns. 

Gold crown

Gold crowns are a highly durable type of crown that is fully constructed of gold. With proper care, gold crowns offer patients the longest-lasting restoration. 

How are crowns applied?

Crowns are typically applied in two visits. During the first visit, Dr. Prida preps the tooth for the crown and then makes an impression to be sent off to a lab. Once your crown is made, Dr. Prida applies it to ensure a proper fit and then cements it into place. 

To learn more about how crowns can improve the function and appearance of your smile, book an appointment at Lake Forest Dental by phone or online today.