Dental Crowns – Fort Worth, TX
Protect Your Damaged or Decayed Tooth
Teeth can become damaged in all sorts of different ways. Whether it is a result of poor oral hygiene, injuries, or an accident, leaving a damaged tooth unprotected could cause you to experience a dental emergency and even need an extraction. The good news is that losing your damaged tooth doesn’t need to be in your future. Our practice can protect your damaged or decayed tooth by covering it with a dental crown in Fort Worth. To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment with us at Hulen Crossing Family Dental, give us a call!
Why Choose Hulen Crossing Family Dental for Dental Crowns?
- Customized Crowns Crafted from Quality Materials
- Experienced and Dedicated Dental Team
- Flexible Financing Options Available
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are customize caps that are crafted to fit over the biting surface of damaged teeth above the gumline. They can be made from numerous different types of materials, such as gold, ceramic, and porcelain. This restoration is often recommended for patients who are experiencing the following:
- Severely decayed tooth with a large filling
- Broken tooth that needs extra support
- Missing tooth that has been replaced with a dental implant
- Bridge in need of support from the adjacent teeth.
- Tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- Tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored
The Process of Getting a Dental Crown
The procedure for having a crown placed is relatively straightforward. It usually takes place over just a few appointments so you can receive the perfected results that you’re looking for. First, we will examine your smile to make sure that a dental crown is the best option for restoring your tooth. Next, a small amount of your enamel will be removed to make room for the crown. An impression is taken of your tooth and the surrounding gumline. This is sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent restoration will be crafted. In order to keep your teeth safe in the meantime, you will be given a temporary crown. As soon as your permanent one is ready, the temporary crown will be replaced.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are able to provide patients with all sorts of different benefits. Here are just a handful of them:
- Increased comfort
- Improved ability to chew
- Prevents future dental issues
- Lasts 15+ years with proper care
- Personalized just for you
- Natural appearance
Dental Crown FAQs
Even after learning more about the process of getting a dental crown in Fort Worth, it’s normal to have some questions about it. Luckily, our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental is more than happy to provide you with the information you need to help you confidently move forward with treatment. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive from patients about dental crowns. If you’d like to speak directly to a member of our team, don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment!
Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
Generally, dentists will recommend a dental crown when a tooth is severely decayed or damaged. The restoration can be used to protect a weakened tooth, restore an already broken tooth, hold a dental bridge in place, cover a misshapen or discolored tooth, or cover a dental implant. Ultimately, there are many situations where a dental crown is the most ideal solution to preserve good oral health.
How Should I Care for My Temporary Dental Crown?
After your teeth are prepared for dental crowns, your dentist will provide a temporary fix until your permanent restorations are ready. There are a few precautions you should take to keep your temporary crowns safe, including:
- Avoiding sticky, chewy foods (i.e., caramel, chewing gum, gummy candy) that can grab and pull off the crown
- Chewing on the side of your mouth opposite of your temporary crown
- Being careful around hard foods that can dislodge or break the crown
- Sliding flossing material out instead of lifting
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns typically last anywhere between five and 15 years. Of course, their longevity can vary significantly from person to person depending on several factors. You can prolong your dental crown's lifespan by minimizing the amount of “wear and tear” it’s exposed to, practicing good oral hygiene, and avoiding bad habits. These bad habits include biting your fingernails, chewing ice, grinding your teeth, and using your teeth as tools.
Does a Crowned Tooth Require Special Care?
The good news is that a crowned tooth does not require special care beyond what’s already recommended for everyone. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing regularly with antiseptic mouthwash are solid at-home practices you should be following with or without a crowned tooth. By taking proper care of your teeth and gums, you can prevent the underlying tooth from developing oral health problems like decay or gum disease. What’s more, it’ll keep your smile looking bright and healthy!