Crown Materials and Placement
A dental crown serves as a cap for a tooth adding strength and restoring the structure if it has been damaged, weakened, or is misshapen. In addition to elevating a natural tooth, today, we can also use crowns to restore missing teeth with the use of a dental implant. Crowns come with a wide variety of options, including materials, and how they can improve your oral health. Our staff at Joshua Austin, DDS MAGD FACD can help you find the right restorative option for your needs.
A dental crown is a replica, or perfected, tooth cap. It can be used for both restorative and aesthetic reasons. Crowns can be placed on any tooth, and some may choose to even cap multiple teeth. An advantage of dental crowns is the options available to find the right fit for each patient. There are different materials, and even different types of crowns, based on your needs.
Some options for dental crowns include:
Placing a Dental Crown
Traditional crowns are placed in two dental visits. During the first visit, we discuss the area of concern, which may be because a tooth was damaged through fracture, chips, or severe decay. It may also be that the tooth suffered trauma from impact or root canal therapy. In some situations, a patient may be choosing to have a crown placed to elevate the aesthetic of the tooth. We can then discuss the material options, which is in part decided on based on the location of where the crown is being placed and the amount of chewing pressure that is expected. With this information, we can then create a cast or mold of the area. All of the information and mold are then sent to a dental lab for fabrication. After we receive the crown, we will contact the patient for the second appointment. At that appointment, we will dry fit the crown, check for fit, make any adjustments, and then cement the crown in place.
Your dental crown should last many years with normal use. We will check the fit and status of your crown at every dental checkup.
If you are interested in finding out more about dental crowns, materials, and placement, please give Joshua Austin, DDS MAGD FACD a call at (210) 408-7999.