Dental Crowns in Arlington TX
Dental crowns are excellent replacements for teeth with large fractures, traumatic injuries, or severe cavities. Dr. Seim or Dr. Wallace may recommend a crown for a tooth that cannot be restored with filling, inlay, onlay, or other minor procedures. The crown is made of highly durable porcelain and custom crafted to look and feel like your natural tooth.
Fitting Your Dental Crown
Two appointments are necessary for a dental crown. At the first appointment, your dentist removes any decay or damage to the tooth and places a temporary crown to protect the tooth from debris and bacteria. The temporary crown is removed at your second appointment, and the permanent crown is bonded into place.
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Capabilities of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are the ideal prosthetic to protect and save a natural tooth damaged due to traumatic injury, disease, or severe wear and tear. Porcelain crowns are also used in dental bridges to replace one or more missing teeth. Finally, crowns can be placed in dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Key Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns
- Restores the look and feel of your natural tooth
- Protects your tooth from additional damage or infection
- Restores your ability to chew foods
- Porcelain crowns cannot develop cavities or tooth decay
- Improves by reshaping broken or misshapen teeth
Dental Crown Placement Procedure
We aim to provide every patient with a successful and painless crown placement. There are four steps to the process:
Step 1: Preparing Your Tooth
If Dr. Seim or Dr. Wallace determine that a dental crown is the best treatment, they will prepare the damaged tooth for the final crown. They shape the tooth to make space between neighboring teeth and give support for the new crown.
Step 2: Creating the Dental Mold
Drs. Seim or Wallace will take a highly accurate impression to make a mold of your teeth. The mold allows your dental crown to seamlessly fit between surrounding teeth and look extremely similar to your natural tooth.
Step 3: Placing Your Dental Crown
There are about two weeks between your first and second appointments when your porcelain crown is fabricated. When it is ready, you will return for an appointment to have your final crown placed. Drs. Seim or Wallace will remove the temporary crown and permanently bond the new crown to your tooth with dental cement.
Step 4: Fitting and Finishing Touches
Lastly, Drs. Seim or Wallace meticulously adjust and shapes the crown to guarantee a great fit. They will make minor adjustments to ensure the crown interacts appropriately with the rest of your teeth and oral functions. You can return to your natural diet, and oral hygiene practices after your permanent crown is in place.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental insurance covering crowns generally allows them to be replaced every 5-8 years, but a porcelain crown can last as long as 10-15 years or even a lifetime with proper care.
When Do I Need a Dental Crown?
A crown is an excellent alternative when a tooth is diseased, excessively worn, or damaged so severely that a filling, inlay, or onlay cannot save it. A dental crown protects and supports the tooth, protecting it from additional damage while restoring your bite force and preserving your smile. Dental crowns are also used as prosthetic teeth with dental implants. Keeping your natural tooth is always better than extraction, and crowns help preserve your natural teeth.
Does Getting a Crown Hurt?
No. Drs. Seim and Wallace use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth so you will not feel any pain while the crown is placed. You may feel some pressure but no discomfort. Once the anesthetic has worn off, you may feel mild discomfort for a day or two, but this is easily alleviated with Ibuprofen.
Brush your teeth twice and floss once daily to keep your mouth and new crown healthy. Most patients have no trouble with their new crown, but don’t hesitate to call our office at Arlington Office Phone Number 817-483-1133 if you experience any problems.