Having a visibly chipped or cracked tooth can make it hard to confidently show off your pearly whites. Even worse, it can threaten your smile’s well-being. If a broken tooth doesn’t get the repair it needs, it could become infected or damaged to the point that it has to be extracted altogether. Luckily, Dr. Le and Dr. Najjar at Amaze Dental can save your tooth by placing a lifelike dental crown on top of it. Call our friendly team today to find out more about how dental crowns in DeSoto, TX could be just the thing your smile needs!
Sometimes called “caps,” dental crowns are hollowed-out restorations designed to snugly fit over the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gumline. This section of the tooth is known as its crown, which is where dental crowns get their name. While dental crowns were traditionally made from precious metals like gold and silver, our team at Amaze Dental exclusively uses metal-free materials like porcelain. Not only are metal-free crowns often just as durable as metal ones, but they’re customized to blend right in with your smile.
We typically recommend a dental crown when a patient’s tooth is severely chipped, cracked, or otherwise broken. Additionally, a crown can be used when a tooth is so decayed that a filling alone will not be enough to repair it. Crowns can also be placed for cosmetic reasons, such as to correct a stubbornly discolored or misshapen tooth. Your dentist in DeSoto will examine your mouth and review all of your options to determine whether a dental crown is the ideal treatment for you.
Designing, creating, and placing a dental crown should only take two appointments over the course of a few short weeks. First, our dentists will gently reshape the structure of the tooth that will receive the crown; this ensures there is plenty of room for the restoration to fit. Next, we capture impressions of that area of your mouth. Instead of “goopy” impressions that were often messy and uncomfortable, we use digital scanning technology to make the process easier and also more accurate.
We’ll send the impressions to a trusted dental lab, where the technicians will begin crafting your crown to our exact specifications. In the meantime, we’ll place a temporary crown on top of your tooth to protect it. After a few weeks, your final crown will arrive at our office. You’ll return for your second appointment, during which we replace the temporary with your permanent crown and make any last-minute adjustments before bonding it to your tooth.
Because dental crowns heal and protect injured teeth, they avoid the need to have the tooth extracted and replaced. As a result, dental crowns can save you money! They also provide several other benefits. For example: