Visible flaws in your smile can be a drag on your self-esteem, and our practice specializes in restorations that keep your teeth looking their best.
One approach that can improve the appearance of damaged teeth is the dental crown. Teeth that are cracked, broken or severely decayed can be restored using one of our practice’s all-porcelain crowns. In fact, a crown might help you to keep a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
The crown is designed to fit the shape of the damaged tooth or improve upon a misshapen tooth, and it slides over the natural tooth. Your dentist in Grand Prairie can design your crown to match the shade of your natural teeth, as well.
Your crown will be planned and placed over the course of two appointments. At the initial visit, Dr. Maxey or Dr. George will determine the shape of the needed crown and shave down a small amount of enamel from your tooth so that it can accommodate the crown.
After the tooth has been prepped for the crown, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth, which is then sent to the dental laboratory where the crown will be created. When your dental crown is ready, you will come into the office for a second appointment in which the crown will be bonded to your tooth.
While you are waiting for your permanent crown to be made, you will have a temporary crown that will cover and protect the prepared tooth.
Crowns also can be used to resize or realign teeth in certain cases. Crowns are also used as part of fixed permanent bridges. The teeth on both sides of the gap are fitted with crowns that help to hold the prosthetic tooth in place. Losing a permanent tooth can cause serious problems for the neighboring teeth. Because of the alteration of support and chewing forces, the remaining teeth may shift. This may lead to more teeth eventually being lost due to improper and unbalanced chewing forces causing fractures. A bridge can be fabricated that matches your existing teeth and helps to maintain your natural bite and rebalance chewing forces.
In addition to dental crowns, we offer a wide array of other restorations, including bonding, inlays and onlays. Check with the dentist to see with choice will be the best for addressing your particular problem.
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For patients whose natural teeth have been marred by damage or decay, a dental crown can help to restore a tooth and enhance its appearance.
A dentist will typically use a dental crown to restore and strengthen a tooth that has developed a large cavity or one that has been damaged due to a facial injury of some sort. Dental crowns also may be used to support a biological tooth following a root canal procedure.
Depending on the circumstances, a dental crown may also be used on an unusually small tooth to bring it into the proper proportions with the rest of the smile.
The process of getting a dental crown takes just a few weeks and requires two appointments. At the first session, the dentist examines the tooth and plans the specifications for the crown. The dentist will also prepare the tooth for the crown at the first visit by removing enough enamel to make room for the crown. Read More…
Our teeth receive a lot of punishment each day in life. From the foods we eat to the objects we subconsciously chew upon, and even through physical exercise, our teeth put up with a lot. As a result, teeth can sometimes become damaged, which can in turn have a detrimental effect on the appearance of our smile. A dental crown can, however, help to restore the appearance of a smile by concealing tooth damage.
Dental crowns are typically made of porcelain, and a dentist uses dental crowns to treat a range of issues, from concealment to damage control. A dental crown can be used by a dentist to conceal large fillings, such as those used in root canal treatments; alternatively, if a tooth has already received several fillings, its structure may not be sufficiently strong to handle another, and so a dental crown may be used instead to cover and seal the tooth. Read More…
For anyone who has chipped or cracked a tooth, feeling self-conscious about your smile is always a possibility. Aside from the damage done to the tooth, the tooth itself may otherwise be totally healthy, and so a dentist may be reluctant to perform an extraction of the tooth. A dental crown could be the answer, helping to conceal the damage, while preserving the structure and health of the underlying tooth.
Dental crowns are porcelain caps that a dentist places over the affected tooth. Prior to fitting, the dentist will remove a small quantity of the tooth’s enamel, before taking an impression of the tooth, which will be used to fashion the artificial tooth.
Dental crowns can be used to conceal damage to a tooth in order to hold it in place without jeopardizing the health of the tooth. Crowns can also be used to conceal unsightly fillings, such as those used in root canal treatment, as well as helping to protect the filling from damage. Dental crowns can even be matched to the natural shade of the patient’s other teeth, helping to deliver a natural aesthetic finish. Read More…