When a single tooth is worn down or damaged, it can often be saved with a crown. Dental crowns are custom made to cover the damaged tooth and restore it to normal function. When indicated, a tooth colored crown can be customized to blend with your natural teeth for an attractive finish. At Robert L. Porter Dentistry in Richardson, TX, a crown can treat a large cavity, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask discoloration. Board-certified dentist Dr. Robert Porter offers crowns in many materials including BruxZir solid zirconia, IPS e.Max lithium disilicate ceramic, and Empress ceramic fused to metal. Your crown may be made while you wait with our in-house CEREC machine or sent to a dental lab, depending on your specific needs. Make an appointment with Dr. Porter to find out how a dental crown may repair or strengthen a damaged tooth while also improving the total health and appearance of your mouth.
Dental Crowns Reviews
"Last month Dr. Porter completed my second CEREC procedure and I could not be happier. What an absolute delight to discover that he was able to do the crown prep, design, construction AND complete procedure in one single visit! No temporary crown. No pain. And the result? A fabulous tooth that looks brand new. I appreciate you staying on top of new technology. Many thanks!!"- L / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2005
Dental crowns may be wanted or needed in several different situations. They may be placed to cover a tooth weakened by decay to prevent it from breaking, or it may hold a tooth together that has already cracked. Dental crowns may also be used to repair a tooth that is or extremely worn down. They may be used to strengthen a tooth with a lot of decay that is too extensive to take a tooth-colored filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or cover a tooth that is discolored or misshapen. Crowns may be bonded over your tooth or supported by an implant. The crown's material is usually selected with consideration to where it is being placed. Full zirconia or precious metal crowns are generally stronger, which makes them better suited for the back teeth that are less visible. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are typically used on the visible teeth and can be matched to the color, shape, and size of your teeth. During your consult, Dr. Porter will go over your choices and help you choose the best dental crown for your needs.
What To Expect
During your procedure, Dr. Porter will get dental impressions so your crown can be made to fit your tooth. In most cases, a temporary dental crown will be used to cover your tooth as your permanent crown is being crafted. After your crown is made, the temporary crown will be replaced with your new permanent crown. Nitrous oxide is available to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure if you have any fears or anxieties.. Your new dental crown will be either bonded to your tooth or attached to an implant. Once the crown is seated, Dr. Porter will adjust the crown's fit so it is comfortable.
It is important to allow any numbness to disappear before resuming normal chewing,. Dr. Porter or a member of his team will go over how to care for your new crown, including any foods that should be avoided and how to keep it clean. During your periodic exams at Robert L. Porter Dentistry, Dr. Porter will evaluate your dental crown and determine if any follow-up adjustments are needed to keep it comfortable. He will let you know when your crown should be replaced; however, with good home care, it may last for many years. If you experience any problems with your crown, call our office for an appointment.
Based on your dental insurance, some of your costs may be covered. After talking to your insurance company, we can better calculate your out-of-pocket costs. At your consultation, Dr. Porter will help you determine the best crown material that suits your needs. A member of our team will also go over payment methods and low-interest dental financing to help make your procedure affordable.
Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth may be easily treated with a custom dental crown at Robert L. Porter Dentistry. Talk to Dr. Porter about how a dental crown can protect your tooth from continued harm and help to keep your whole mouth healthy. Offering different materials for your needs, a custom-made crown can blend with your teeth so your smile remains beautiful. Contact our team in Richardson, TX to make an appointment with board-certified dentist Dr. Porter.