If you bite down on a hard object and break your tooth, or if you develop a deep cavity, crowns can prevent further damage and improve your oral health. At Care Dental Spa, cosmetic and general dentist Quang Luong, DDS, uses crowns to repair severe enamel damage that won’t respond to traditional fillings. To make an appointment at the practice in Temple, Texas, call the office or schedule online.
Crowns are dental restorations placed on top of damaged or decaying teeth. They restore your teeth to their near-original shape, size, and appearance, making it easier to bite and chew confidently.
Crowns look and function like your natural teeth. With good oral hygiene and routine checkups, they often last 15 years or longer and require very little maintenance.
Dr. Luong uses dental crowns to:
You might also benefit from a crown if you have stained or discolored teeth that don’t respond to traditional whitening treatments.
Crowns are made from various materials, including metal amalgam, porcelain fused to resin, ceramic, and porcelain. Usually, Dr. Luong recommends tooth-colored crowns made from resin, ceramic, or porcelain because they blend in with your natural tooth enamel.
Getting a crown takes two appointments about a week apart.
Before recommending a dental crown, Dr. Luong conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays. If he determines you have a severely damaged or decaying tooth, he moves forward with treatment.
First, Dr. Luong administers a local anesthetic and removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth enamel.
Next, Dr. Luong takes impressions of your tooth and sends them to a dental laboratory. The technicians at the laboratory use your impressions to design and manufacture a custom crown.
When the technicians complete your crown, you return to Care Dental Spa. Dr. Luong administers a local anesthetic, lines up the crown with your tooth, and cements it in place. Then, he polishes your teeth and provides care instructions.
Crowns last an average of 12-15 years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Luong recommends visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and brushing and flossing twice daily.
To protect your crown from damage, avoid bad habits like opening packaging with your teeth, biting your nails, or chewing on hard objects like ice cubes.
If you’d like to explore the benefits of crowns, make an appointment at Care Dental Spa by calling the office or scheduling online.