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If you are looking for a simple yet permanent way to restore the health of your teeth and to improve the appearance of your smile, a dental crown just might be the right choice for you. Very commonly used to repair cracked, broken, misshapen, or otherwise damaged teeth as well as to treat deep cavities that can’t be fixed with a dental filling, dental crowns are basically caps placed over a tooth to provide support to the surrounding structure. There are different types of dental crowns as well as many different materials from which crowns can be made. Del Mar Dental will provide an overview on crowns, and we can help you decide which, if any, crown is right for you.
What Is A Traditional Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are used to treat a variety of oral health problems and can be made of several different materials. Traditional crowns can be made of metal alloys, porcelain, or plastic resin, or even a combination of materials. The right type of crown for you depends on factors like the location of the damage (meaning both where in the mouth and where on the specific tooth was affected) as well as the extent of the damage. With some of the materials, the color of the crown can be adjusted to match the shade of your other teeth and to more closely resemble a real tooth.
Is A Dental Crown Right for Me?
Crowns can serve many dental needs and might be right for you depending on your own situation. Factors such as cost, personal preference, and commitment to good oral hygiene practices should all be considered. The cost of dental crowns largely depends on the type of material used to create the crown as well as the type of crown you prefer. Also, to extend the life of your crown for as long as possible, you should practice healthy oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing regularly and attending regular dental examinations and cleanings.
While there is another version of dental crowns, called CEREC crowns, that can be created and placed much quicker, placement of a normal crown generally requires two or three office visits over the span of a couple weeks, as it takes time for the crown to be prepared. After any other required dental work is completed in order to place the crown, we will typically need to take x-rays of your mouth to get a good view below the gumline and of the bone. We will also make molds or impressions of the area being worked on, and then we will use those impressions to create the crown in a lab. Finally, we will place the crown, adjust it for comfort and for appearance, and then we will adhere the crown in place.
If you want to improve your smile and your oral health, our friendly, professional staff at Del Mar Dental can help you decide if a dental crown might be right for you. Call us at (817) 710-2609 today to discuss your needs and to schedule a consultation.