Large cavities and dental damage can affect your bite, dental function, and overall appearance. Dental crowns can repair teeth and improve their strength. These caps are custom-made to complement your natural teeth and precisely fit the weakened tooth. Dr. Dale Entrekin offers crowns made of advanced dental porcelain. This state-of-the-art material is incredibly durable and will blend naturally with your smile. To learn more about dental crowns, contact our Montgomery practice to schedule a consultation.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps, individually crafted for each patient. They can be made from several different materials.
All-porcelain: Dr. Entrekin uses all-porcelain crowns in 90 percent of cases. Thanks to recent innovations, this material is incredibly strong and durable. It also provides a natural appearance. Porcelain crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal: In a few cases, Dr. Entrekin may place a crown that has a metal base and a ceramic shell. The porcelain matches the natural color of a patient’s smile. However, over time, the metal may start to show through the porcelain.
Metal: Metal crowns are incredibly strong, but their color contrasts with surrounding teeth. If Dr. Entrekin places a metal crown, he typically does so on the back molars.
No matter which material you select, your crown will fit comfortably in your mouth, and it will maintain your natural bite alignment.
Dental Crown Candidates
If you suffer from any of the following concerns, you may be an excellent candidate for a dental crown:
A broken or cracked tooth
A weak tooth
A cavity that is too large for a crown
A tooth with severe cosmetic flaws, such as intrinsic stains or large chips
An irregularly shaped tooth or a severely worn tooth
Crowns can also support dental bridges or top dental implants to replace missing teeth. In some cases, Dr. Entrekin may use crowns to restore proper bite alignment. For example, if you have a damaged or missing tooth, it can affect the balance of your bite. In turn, an uneven bite can put tremendous pressure on your jaw and increase your risk for TMJ disorder. By placing a single crown, Dr. Entrekin may be able to protect your overall oral-systemic health.
The Crown Procedure
During treatment, Dr. Entrekin will carefully reshape your tooth, removing all damaged and diseased tooth material. After he has created a stable base for your crown, he will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are sent to a top-quality dental lab. There, talented ceramists will craft your custom crown, and send it back to us within about 10 days. Then Dr. Entrekin will make sure the crown fits properly and preserves your natural bite alignment. Next he will attach the crown with dental cement. You will typically enjoy full dental function after the crown is placed.
If you have a damaged or weakened tooth, a crown may be the best way to restore your healthy bite and smile. Contact Dr. Entrekin’s office today to find out if a crown is right for you.