Learn everything you need to know about porcelain dental crowns from our dentist in Frisco, TX
D r. Bindu Kolli and her team at SouthFork Dental are committed to helping patients in the Frisco, TX area enhance their smiles. One of the most common smile-enhancing, restorative dental procedures performed in dental facilities today is the placement of dental crowns. Dental crowns can be used to fix many different concerns. You can learn everything you need to know about porcelain dental crowns and other restorations by scheduling a consultation with our staff.
What is a dental crown?
Dr. Bindu Kolli of SouthFork Dental describes the dental crown as a fixed dental prosthetic. This type of restoration helps restore a damaged tooth to its original color, size, and shape. The crown is designed to bond onto the tooth and cover the exposed portion above the gumline. It is held in place with dental cement and is best used on teeth that are severely decayed, cracked, weakened, or broken.
How is a dental crown created?
To place a crown, the dentist will first prepare a patient’s tooth. These preparations are done in the dental office and include the removal of a thin portion of enamel around the tooth. The dentist then takes dental impressions. These are molds used by a dental laboratory to fabricate the dental crown. The crown is made with a wide range of materials and is made specifically for the patient for proper fit and function.
What materials will a dentist use for fabricating dental crowns?
Materials utilized in creating a dental crown may include:
- Stainless steel
The most commonly used material for a long-lasting, natural-looking dental crown is porcelain. Porcelain is not only strong and durable but also looks just like natural tooth enamel. The laboratory that fabricates the restoration will ensure that the tooth matches the color, shape, and size of the existing teeth in the smile so the dental crown blends in seamlessly. More economical materials, such as stainless steel, may be used for children who will only need a dental crown for a few years before their permanent teeth erupt.
When might a dentist place a dental crown?
Dental crowns may be installed for a variety of specific functions. The most common purpose of a dental crown is to provide protection and strength for a weakened tooth. A weakened tooth includes teeth that are chipped, broken, have large areas of decay, or have undergone extensive procedures (like root canal therapy) that may impact the tooth’s structure. The dental crown goes over the top of the tooth to give it protection from becoming further damaged.
Additionally, a dental crown can be used over an abutment of a dental implant to act as a false tooth. It can also be bonded to false teeth called pontics to create a dental bridge. These restorations are best for replacing one or more teeth within the dental arch. Dental crowns are incredibly versatile, making them an accessible and affordable choice for our patients.
How do I care for my dental crown?
Once a dental crown is placed, the patient cares for it like any other tooth. Patients are urged to brush and floss their teeth after every meal, visit their dentist at least every six months for a cleaning and evaluation, and consume a healthy diet low in acidic and sugary foods. Routine visits with the dentist allow Dr. Bindu Kolli to evaluate the smile, take x-rays, and monitor for cavities, which can form on the tooth structure underneath the crown. In addition to this, Dr. Kolli monitors for periodontal disease because it can impact the overall health of the smile and result in tooth, bone, and gum tissue loss.
Request an appointment with Dr. Bindu Kolli today!
At SouthFork Dental, patients in Frisco, TX are welcome to speak to our dentist about their oral health care needs. Whether you are interested in placing a crown or want to undergo other restorative or cosmetic procedures, Dr. Bindu Kolli can assist. Call the practice at 469-535-6939 to discuss your options and take the time to speak to our team about your wishes. We also have another office location in Irving, TX.
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