If you have a damaged, discolored, or misshapen tooth, a dental crown helps restore it to its normal shape and size. At Tru Plano Dental in Plano, Texas, Miri Kim, DMD, applies crowns or other dental restoration materials to your teeth as needed to restore your smile and improve its appearance and function. If you have a damaged, awkward-looking, or painful teeth, call Dr. Kim’s office today or book an appointment online.
A crown is a dental “cap” made of ceramic or porcelain. Dr. Kim permanently places it over your original tooth to strengthen it and improve its appearance. A crown fits over the top of a damaged tooth like a glove, to restore it to its original color, shape, and strength.
Dr. Kim may recommend a crown for you if you have a tooth that is:
You may also require a crown to hold a dental bridge in place if you have missing teeth, cover a dental implant, or protect a tooth that’s been treated with a root canal.
Getting a dental crown is usually a two-visit procedure, which includes:
During your first visit, Dr. Kim examines the tooth requiring a crown. She may take X-rays of your tooth and the surrounding bone to determine if your the tooth is infected and requires a root canal. To prepare your tooth for a crown, Dr. Kim:
Dr. Kim sends your impressions to a dental lab, where the staff there create a permanent crown.
Once your permanent crown is ready, which may take two to three weeks, you’ll schedule a second appointment. Dr. Kim removes the temporary crown and attaches a permanent crown to your damaged tooth with cement. She may numb the tooth with local anesthetic to enhance comfort during the procedure.
Crowns may last 10 to 15 years or longer if you take care of them properly. Clean your crown the same as you would with original teeth using the following good oral hygiene practices:
Getting a crown placed is minimally-invasive, but often necessary to prevent serious dental problems in the future. If you have a tooth that’s damaged, misshapen, or severely stained, call Tru Plano Dental to schedule an appointment or book one online today.