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.
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.
Crowns are quite versatile and are used in a number of applications. Some of these uses include:
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.
There are a number of materials used to make dental crowns. Three of the most common materials are ceramic, porcelain, and gold.
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.
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 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.
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.