Learning that you need a dental crown may seem frustrating at first, especially if you’ve only had dental fillings in the past. Why isn’t a dental filling sufficient to repair your tooth? A crown is designed to restore an entire tooth structure, while a dental filling is only designed to repair a small portion of your tooth. Because a crown covers your natural tooth structure, it also protects the integrity of your root. A dental crown in Lakewood-Dallas is an excellent option for helping you maintain your natural tooth while restoring function and aesthetics to your smile.
A dental crown may be recommended in these circumstances:
Crowns also act as anchors to secure a dental bridge, which is an ideal tooth replacement option for one or more missing adjacent teeth. With a dental bridge, two crowns attach to healthy teeth, while one or more prosthetic teeth are secured in between to fill in the open space. The bridge is customized to match surrounding teeth and complement your smile.
A dental crown can typically be completed in two appointments over the course of one to two weeks. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare your tooth for your new crown and create a temporary crown for you to wear while your permanent restoration is being completed by a top technician at a dental laboratory.
When your final crown is completed, you will return to Lakewood Dental Group to have your permanent restoration placed. Now that your tooth is restored to health, you’ll find that you’ll be brushing, eating, and chewing normally again.
While your dental crown closely mimics your natural tooth, there are steps you should take to ensure the longevity of it. If you avoid chewing or biting sticky or hard foods with your crown, it will help protect it from fracturing or getting pulled off.
Also brushing twice each day and flossing gently around your crown will keep it clean and free from debris that could cause tooth decay. Regular checkups with your dentist will ensure that your crown stays healthy, and if you follow these tips, your crown can potentially last 12 to 15 years.
If you have questions about dental crowns or concerns about the treatment you need, your team at Lakewood Dental Group has answers! Call us today for more information or to schedule your next appointment.