When the integrity of your tooth is compromised by damage or decay, it is often too weak to perform biting duties. A tooth that has been compromised is also susceptible to further damage and decay. If left weak and unprotected, the tooth could sustain so much deterioration that an extraction may be necessary. A dental crown acts like a permanent helmet for your tooth. By protecting your damaged tooth, the crown can lower the risk of a need for extraction. The crown can restore function to your chewing, biting, or smiling. A crown looks and acts like a natural tooth.
Different materials may be used for your crown depending on what tooth it is restoring. Porcelain crowns are typically used in the front of the mouth because the appearance blends so well with your natural tooth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are more typically used in the back of their mouth because of their increased durability. These types of crowns are more equipped to endure the heavy-duty chewing that the molars in the back of the mouth do.
Using E4D technology, a precision scan of your mouth, bite, and tooth will be made. The images will be communicated to on-site milling lab where your crown will be created. The crown will be sculpted to your exact measurements collected during the precision scan. The crown will be color-matched to the enamel of your tooth. Your dentist will fit the crown to your tooth and place it permanently. The E4D technology allows your dentist to scan, fit, and place your crown in a single visit.
Once the crown is placed, no specialized care is needed. The crown itself is not susceptible to decay, but the bacteria can get underneath the crown. Good oral hygiene is still important to prevent bacteria from causing decay to the existing tooth beneath the crown. Regular visits to your dentist and professional cleanings are part of a good oral hygiene routine.
A crown can protect a vulnerable tooth. To schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.