Dental crowns, or crown restorations, involve replacing the portion of the tooth above the gum line. It is a fixed prosthetic restoration, that dentists glue to the top of the tooth to restore the appearance of a cracked or damaged tooth. Crown restorations are the most common dental procedure dentists perform. Galloway Dental dentists are experts at crown restorations and all forms of cosmetic dentistry, as well as general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and oral cancer screenings.

What are Dental Crowns or Crown Restoration?

a woman looking at her brand new dental crowns in a mirrorIf a tooth becomes cracked or damaged due to an injury, biting something hard, or decay, the dentist is often forced to remove the damaged section and cover the section with a custom made prosthetic. The portion of the tooth that projects above the gum is the crown, hence the name dental crowns or crown restoration.

To prepare a tooth for crown restoration, the dentist will first anesthetize the tooth and surrounding gum. Next the dentist will use a dental drill and a burr to remove the outer layer of the tooth on the top and sides to make it suitable to hold the crown. After the tooth wears down, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth and send it off to a lab. The lab will create a new tooth, which takes two to three weeks to make. In the meantime, the dentist will cover the tooth with a temporary crown. 

When the new, custom made crown arrives at the dentist, you will return for a second appointment. The dentist will remove the temporary crown, shape the permanent crown to your tooth, and apply a strong cement to hold the crown in place.

What Do Crowns Do?

When a tooth breaks or is otherwise damaged, it makes it difficult to chew. Furthermore, a damaged tooth will create a gap, causing other teeth to migrate into the space, changing the overall alignment of your teeth. Crowns protect the underlying tooth and fill the gap to help maintain your smile. Additionally, crowns allow you to chew and eat just as you did with your old tooth.

Dental crowns in Mesquite, TX are made from a variety of materials including:

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Resin
  • Stainless steel

Each material has its pros and cons, and your dentist at Galloway Dental can help you choose the best option for your needs.

In addition to covering a broken or damaged tooth, crowns also:

  • Hold a dental bridge in place – A bridge consists of two or more crowns with a false tooth in between and is designed to literally bridge a gap in your teeth
  • Cover a dental implant – A dental implant is a replacement for the tooth root. The crown can fit over a dental implant to complete the look and feel of a real tooth

How to Care for Your Crowns

After installing the crown, care for your crown by doing the following:

  • Brush after every meal and floss daily
  • See your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings
  • Avoid eating hard foods such as ice or candy

Galloway Dental has years of experience in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. We are also experts at dental bridgework. We can review your dental needs, health, and other factors and find the best option for your dental crown restoration. 

Additionally, we offer a wide variety of options including gold crowns, porcelain crowns, and ceramic crowns as well as porcelain-over-metal-crowns. Your comfort and dental health are our number one priority. Call us today at 469.273.1376 to make an appointment for dental crowns.