do i need a dental crownWhen it comes to taking care of your teeth, you probably do your best to protect your teeth from decay and damage. Even with the best intentions and actions, a tooth can get damaged. When a tooth becomes damaged or severely decayed, it may require restoration. Restoring your tooth with a crown can protect the tooth when it is damaged and vulnerable. A dental crown can also restore your tooth’s appearance, and restore your abilities to chew, bite, or speak. Leaving a damaged tooth without protection increases your risk of losing the tooth. A crown can also restore a tooth after loss, as it can work in conjunction with a dental implant. 

What Does A Crown Do?

A dental crown is often referred to as a cap. It restores any damaged or missing parts of a vulnerable tooth. Crowns are usually made of materials like porcelain, zirconia, metal, or a combination of porcelain-fused-to-metal. The material used for the crown typically depends on where in the mouth the crown will be used. Porcelain has a very lifelike appearance, so it is often used in the front of the mouth. Molars in the back of the mouth do most of the heavy chewing; crowns covering these teeth often require a more durable material like zirconia or porcelain-fused-to-metal.  If an implant is used to replace the roots of a missing tooth, the crown is used to replace the body of the tooth above the gums.

Crowns In One Visit

Traditional methods of creating a crown involved a third-party lab. Your dentist would send a mold of your mouth and tooth to an off-site lab, where the crown would be created. This process of sending out the molds and receiving the crown could take one to two weeks. During that time, you would wear a temporary crown. With E4D PlanScan technology, advanced digital technology is used to take an accurate scan of your mouth. The crown is then created in the office, which cuts out the wait time of sending it to a third-party lab.

Do you have a tooth that could use a crown?

A crown can restore a damaged or missing tooth To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.


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