Why do I need a dental crown?
This is something that many patients have questions about! There are multiple situations in which a crown may be necessary, but most situations arise when the structural integrity of the tooth is in question.
When a tooth is cracked or fractured, we usually recommend crowns because the tooth is at a higher risk for further damage that may require extensive and often times invasive therapy.
If a tooth has a large cavity requiring a filling that takes up more than one half to two thirds of a tooth, we may recommend a crown.
All patients will get a crown a molar or a premolar tooth or have a root canal. Anytime a tooth has a root canal, the outside structure of the tooth becomes brittle and is extremely prone to breaking, so our main goal after root canal therapy is to protect the tooth.
Getting a crown is a simple routine procedure that takes about 2 appointments. The first appointment involves preparing the tooth for the crown by reducing the tooth structure all the way around the tooth to make space for a crown. An impression is then taken and sent to a lab where the crown will be fabricated. While we are waiting for the crown to come back you’ll have a customized temporary crown that we will fabricate that should fit and feel like your old tooth! When the crown comes back from the lab, it is a quick and simple appointment where we will cement the crown with a bonding agent so we know that crown isn’t going anywhere!
Caring for Dental Crowns
Taking care of a crown is extremely important! Even though you may have already gotten your permanent crown, it is just like your natural teeth, it needs proper care and maintenance if you want to ensure that it remains healthy. Brushing and flossing around the crown is vital to keep the margins (edge of the crown that meets the tooth) free of bacteria and decay. If you do get decay along the margins of the crown it may end up being necessary to replace the crown. As your dentist in Austin, Texas, we want you to be able to maintain and keep your dental work issue-free for as long as possible!