Tooth decay is one of the most common problems we treat here at New Heights Dental & Braces. The first line of defense against tooth decay is a filling. If the decay is left to progress, we may recommend a more extensive restoration known as a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the visible portion of a problematic tooth. To receive a dental crown, we have to completely reshape the enamel of your tooth. These days, crowns are usually made of porcelain, an aesthetically-pleasing material that best mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel.
Why You May Need a Dental Crown
Dr. Daniel A. Riley may recommend a dental crown for several reasons, some of which include:
During your routine appointment, we will be able to determine if a dental crown is right for you. If you are looking for a more conservative options, we may also suggest a porcelain veneer. Veneers are only available for teeth that do not need significant structural support.
The Dental Crown Procedure
The dental crown procedure is typically broken down into two appointments. However, we offer same-day dental crowns to save you time, money, and inconvenience. During the appointment, we will begin by administering local anesthetic to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Next, we will prepare the tooth for the crown. During preparation, we will file down and remove the decayed and healthy enamel to accommodate the shape of the crown.
Once we have completely reshaped the enamel, we will take a digital impression. The digital impression is used to create a 3-D model of the tooth. Our software will convert this 3-D model into a digital representation of your crown. Next, this information will be wirelessly transferred to our milling machine. The milling machine will use this information to create your crown using a special block of porcelain, all within a matter of minutes!
Once your crown is complete, we will check the margins to ensure there is a proper fit. Next, we will permanently cement it to the tooth using a special bonding agent. Lastly, the crown will be polished to match the sheen of your natural teeth.
Caring for a Dental Crown
It may take some time for you to get used to your new crown. The good news is that your crown will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. Be sure to implement a good oral hygiene routine, especially around the crown. If bacteria are allowed to enter the underneath the crown, you may experience more decay later down the line. Also, be sure to schedule regular checkups and professional cleanings so we can monitor and improve your oral health!
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are experiencing any problems with a tooth, you may need a dental crown. Call (210) 625-4599 and schedule your appointment now!
New Heights Dental & Braces
San Antonio, TX 78209
Convenient parking is available directly in front of our office.
T: (210) 625-4599
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We look forward to seeing you smile!