If you have gravely damaged cracked, fractured, or weakened teeth, you may benefit from the lifelike non-metal dental crowns provided at our Austin, TX, practice. Made of the latest and most durable materials, our restorations offer renewed strength and structural integrity. They will also blend seamlessly with your smile, thanks to our detail-oriented approach. At 38th Street Dental, Dr. C. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch take a personalized approach to treatment. We will never rush you through your procedure. Rather, we will take the time to answer your questions and provide a long-lasting restoration.
Is a Crown the Right Restoration for You?
Crowns can perform a number of different functions. Therefore, there are many situations in which this type of restoration may be right for you. These circumstances include:
- Severe decay that has damaged a large portion of your tooth
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- A worn tooth, especially if it alters the force and balance of your bite
- A dental infection requiring root canal therapy
- Serious cosmetic imperfections, such as internal staining or a misshapen tooth
Crowns are a trusted and popular type of restoration with minimal risks.
Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will conduct a thorough exam, including x-rays, to determine whether a crown is right for you.
Placing a Dental Crown
Before he can place a crown, your dentist will need to reshape your tooth. He will trim off a layer of tissue, creating a strong foundation for your crown and enabling it to lie naturally against your tooth. Our team will work hard to ensure your comfort during your procedure. We will numb your tooth and gums beforehand, and we can provide additional sedation if you are feeling nervous. After preparing your tooth, your dentist will take impressions. The lab will then use these molds to create a customized restoration that will be almost identical to your tooth. We will provide a temporary crown to wear during the fabrication process.
The lab can create your crown from a variety of materials. Metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) are the traditional options, and they are quite durable. However, metal will not blend in with your smile. Even with a PFM crown, the porcelain coating can begin to wear off. Therefore, for a more realistic effect, we typically recommend all-porcelain, zirconia, or IPS e.max®. Whatever the material, your crown will match the shape and size of your natural tooth. When the restoration is finished, your dentist will check the fit and attach it to your tooth with composite.
Risks and Benefits of Crowns
Crowns are a trusted and popular type of restoration with minimal risks or complications. These possible complications are minimized when you visit the experienced team at 38th Street Dental.
On the other hand, crowns can have enormous benefits. First, they can strengthen your tooth and restore your ability to bite and chew. Additionally, by fortifying the outer walls, a crown can prevent further structural damage and fracture. Finally, a crown can improve your appearance. Blending naturally with your other teeth, a crown can make your smile look significantly healthier and, in some cases, years younger.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
We focus on comprehensive yet conservative treatment to help you achieve optimal oral health. To learn more about crowns and find out if this type of restoration is right for you, contact 38th Street Dental today to schedule a consultation.