What Is It Like Getting a Crown at Your Family Dental Office in Bedford, Texas?

Get a crown to restore damaged teeth.

I need a crown? What now?

Dental crowns are one of the most common dental procedures out there. They help preserve your natural smile while also being stronger than traditional fillings. Chances are, you know at least one person who is sporting a few within their smile. Though it can be a little nerve-wracking to hear you need a dental crown, don’t let yourself worry too much. With a crown, your teeth will be stronger than before, renewing your smile. While you prepare for your dental visit, here’s a quick rundown on what to expect when you get your crown. 

What are crowns?

Dental crowns are an incredibly common dental procedure that is used for many different purposes. Sometimes, they are used to protect a damaged tooth from further wear and tear, and sometimes they help a tooth that has become too decayed to restore with a filling. They can help protect your natural teeth, and are often stronger than fillings, making your tooth last longer without needing repairs. 

There are multiple kinds of crowns, but here at Davis Family Dental, we offer high-quality porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are easier to create a color match to your other teeth, ensuring no one will be the wiser when you show off your renewed smile. They are durable, long-lasting, and suitable for both the front and back teeth.

Why are they needed?

There are many different reasons why a person might need a dental crown. It can be used to protect a weak, existing tooth from further damage. If a broken tooth has extreme wear, a crown can help bring the tooth back to its former glory. It can also be a solution for discolored teeth, to cover dental implants, or even for cosmetic modification. 

History of Crowns

The use of gold crowns can be traced all the way back to 4000 years ago in the Philipines. As technology changes, so have the materials and how they are made. At one point in human history, they were shaped out of gold or ivory. There was a time when they were even made out of bones or other human teeth. Now, they are created out of stronger, more customizable options such as porcelain.

The Process

When you first go to discuss getting a crown, your dentist will more than likely take an X-ray to check the extent of the damage. If there is extensive damage to the root, there is a chance that more work, such as a root canal, may need to be done before work can begin on the crown. 

Tooth Preparation

If your dentist determines that you need a root canal first, this will be done at an earlier appointment.

If you are anxious about this step, be sure to communicate with the dental team. They will walk you through each and every step if you think that will help! Never underestimate the power of communication.

Before beginning, the dentist will numb the area to ensure that you feel no pain or discomfort. Once this is finished, the dentist will shape the tooth so that the crown will adhere properly. 

Molding for a New Crown

Once the crown is in the desired shape, it’s time to start molding! In the past, this would be done by having the patient bite into a type of impression material. Here at Davis Family Dental, we’ve gone fully digital. Instead of dealing with gooey molds, the impression is done by scanning your teeth with a wand and is completed in less than a minute.

Temporary Crown

Once the impressions are made, it’s time to send them off to create your own custom tooth. Don’t worry though, we won’t leave you like this until it comes in. While waiting, we’ll install a temporary crown. Be sure to ask your dentist for specific care instructions for this temporary crown before you leave. 

Crown Time!

Once your permanent crown comes in, it’s time to come back into the office to have it installed. The dentist will remove the temporary crown, then take their time to check the fit of the new one. Once they are sure it’s going to be the perfect fit, they numb everything up again and cement the crown into place.

Crown Care

Your new accessory doesn’t require any special care, but it is important to remember that you still need to keep it safe from bacteria and tooth decay. Don’t stop your regular dental hygiene! Be sure to brush those teeth for two minutes, twice a day. And don’t forget to floss! If you take care of your smile, a crown can last for up to 15 years!

Ready for an appointment?

If you are simply needing to set up your bi-annual cleaning, or suspect you might have a cavity hiding in there, don’t be afraid to set up an appointment. You can do this easily online, or give us a call at (817) 765-5951.

It’s best to catch these things before they get too far. If you do need a crown, we are here for you! Feel free to ask us any questions you might have. We want you to feel confident and comfortable in your smile.