Drs. David Bishop, Robert Kim, and Kris Koelker can repair and enhance the appearance and function of your teeth with dental crowns. Durable and beautiful, our crowns can improve your smile for many years to come. To learn more about dental crowns or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, contact our office today. Our dental crowns are expertly crafted at a lab near our Allen, TX, office to fit in flawlessly with your natural smile.
Who is a Candidate?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that is placed over damaged or decayed teeth to restore its appearance and function. Crowns can also be used to restore dental implants. You may need a dental crown if you:
- Have large amounts of decay that cannot be repaired with a dental filling, inlay, or onlay.
- Cracked, chipped, or broken your tooth due to trauma or injury.
- Have an infected tooth root that requires root canal therapy. Our dentists often place dental crowns after the infected pulp has been removed to safeguard the tooth.
- Have an existing crown that has become damaged or unsightly.
- Have extensive cosmetic concerns about your teeth. Our dentists sometimes recommend placing dental crowns in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, porcelain veneers.
- Have a single dental implant placed in your jawbone.
If your tooth is severely damaged and will not support a crown, our dentists may recommend another restorative treatment instead, including extraction and replacement with an implant. One of our dentists will assess your teeth, go over your concerns, and determine if you are a good candidate for a dental crown at your initial consultation.
First, your dentist will discuss your dental crown material options with you. We offer three types of crowns:
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crowns - Due to the metal framework, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are the strongest available. While the porcelain provides a somewhat natural appearance, the metal may create a gray hue near the gums. This type of crown will not be suitable for patients with metal allergies.
- All-porcelain Crowns - While potentially less sturdy than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, all-porcelain restorations better mimic the appearance of teeth. For patients who place a priority on aesthetics, this is a good choice.
- Procera® Crowns - Nobel Biocare®’s sophisticated Procera® crowns are made using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) technology with a core of strong ceramic and an all-porcelain covering. This makes them attractive and durable. We typically use Procera® crowns for cosmetic treatments.
Once you have chosen the type of crown you would like, one of our dentists will clean and reshape the affected tooth as needed. This is done in order to accommodate the crown and ensure infected or damaged material is removed.
Next, he will take an impression of the tooth, creating a model for our nearby partner lab. Since the technicians creating your restoration are just a few doors away, our dentists work closely with them to ensure your crown is the shape and color you would prefer. We excel at creating harder-to-match, single-tooth crowns that blend in beautifully with existing teeth.
Once your crown is ready, you will come in for a second appointment, during which your dentist will place and seal the crown onto your tooth. Our dentists usually use just local anesthesia while shaping your tooth and placing the crown, but we also offer sedation dentistry options if needed.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can improve your appearance, comfort, and oral health. They make daily activities like chewing and speaking easy, are made of tooth-colored material that can help instantly whiten your smile, and treat and protect vulnerable teeth from further decay. Crowns can also be used as part of a larger prosthesis, such as a dental bridge, making them highly versatile.
Learn More About Dental Crowns
These attractive restorations can revitalize the function and appearance of your smile. Contact our office today to learn more about dental crowns or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.