By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental crowns completely cover a damaged or weak tooth and provide stability. Also called caps, crowns are shaped just like your natural teeth and are made of ceramic, gold or metal covered by porcelain. Your Spring, TX dentist, Michael J. Morris, DDS, may Dental Crowns recommend a crown for one of the following reasons:

  • A large filling has weakened a tooth.
  • Your tooth is weak and in danger or fracturing or splitting.
  • The tooth is discolored.
  • There is a fracture or crack in the tooth.
  • Your tooth is badly shaped.
  • You recently had a root canal.
  • The crown is the final step of a dental implant process.

What is the first step in the crown process?

After Dr. Morris determines that you could benefit from a crown, he'll reduce the size of your tooth to accommodate the crown. He'll do this by filing the sides and top of the tooth. You'll receive a local anesthetic before this procedure and won't feel a thing. After your dentist has reduced the tooth, he'll use a soft material similar to putty to create an impression of your tooth. The impression will be used to make a mold for the crown. It will take a week or two for a dental lab to create your new crown. In the meantime, your dentist will create a temporary crown to cover your tooth.

How is the crown attached?

When the new crown is ready, your dentist will check the fit and make adjustments as necessary. He'll test your bite to make sure the crown is comfortable and then permanently cement it in place.

How should I care for the new crown?

Treat the crown the same as you would your natural teeth. Brush it and floss around it daily. Before you leave your dentist's office, he'll make sure that the crown allows enough room for flossing. Chewing extremely hard foods or ice can damage the crown and should be avoided. With proper care, your new crown will last for many years.

If you would like to find out if dental crowns could help your damaged teeth, call your Spring, TX dentist at (281) 379-6939. With a new crown, you'll once again be able to enjoy eating the foods you enjoy without pain or fear that you'll break your tooth.

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