A crown or cap covers the part of the tooth that is above the gum line if the tooth is weak or the patient wants a better size and shape. In adults, a crown can also be used help a dental bridge stay in place, to protect a dental implant, or for a better appearance. In children, a crown may be used if they have a tooth that is highly decayed and it needs support for a filling or protection from further decay. Temporary crowns are often put in place while a permanent crown is made in a dental lab with better materials from impressions of the teeth for a better fit. At Dallas Laser Dentistry, Dr. Mary Swift and Dr. Terrel Myers often use dental crowns to help their patients have a healthy, beautiful smile.
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"Got me in right on time. No pain at all for the two crowns. Dr. Swift took her time to explain everything to me and prepared me with medications in the event that one of the teeth needed a root canal. I've been going to Dr. Swift for years and even though her office is out of the way, I would recommend her to anyone."- C.R. / Demandforce / Jan 19, 2016
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Dental crowns or caps can be used on almost any patient for a variety of reasons. Many patients require crowns to fix a dental problem, such as a weak tooth, to hold a large filling, or restore a broken tooth. Crowns may also be used to improve the appearance of the patient’s smile by “capping” the natural teeth with crowns that give are better shaped and whiter.
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The procedure for receiving a crown requires 2 office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will examine the tooth to check for further decay, in case a root canal or other treatment needs to be performed. After the exam, the tooth and gums will be numbed with local anesthesia so the mouth can be prepared for the new crown by filing down the tooth, as needed. In some cases, the dentist may need to build up the tooth with fillings so the crown fits snugly around the tooth. An impression will be made and sent to a dental lab where a permanent crown will be made. A temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being made. Once the permanent crown has been created and sent to Dallas Laser Dentistry, the patient will come in for their second appointment and have their crown placed. Dr. Swift or Dr. Myers will check the fit and color of the crown before numbing the tooth and cementing the crown in place.
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Patients should be especially careful while they have temporary dental crowns. The dentist will go over a list of instructions before the patient leaves, but some tips include avoiding sticky or hard foods, try to use the side of your mouth that doesn’t have a temporary crown, and to pull floss out of the sides of the crown instead of lifting up and out. A permanent crown can be treated like your natural teeth, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check ups.
Modern crowns can be made from a variety of materials that can be color matched to your natural teeth. Crowns can be made from ceramic, porcelain, resin, or metals (usually gold and silver). For less visible teeth, patients may consider getting metal crowns with a porcelain overlay. Dr. Swift and Dr. Myers will discuss all possible options and help you choose your best crown.