There may come a time in a patient’s life when they experience extensive tooth decay or trauma to a tooth. When something like this happens, though, your Mansfield, TX, dentists can offer a treatment that will save the tooth. It is called a dental crown, and dentists use them for such things as covering dental implants or a tooth that is discolored, protecting a weak tooth from future damage, and attaching bridges. Curious to learn more about them? We have you covered. 

It Is Like A Cap For Your Tooth

That is correct. And sometimes, crowns are even called caps. They are most often made of porcelain, and this is the kind Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris usually recommend because their natural appearance helps them blend in with your teeth color. We especially suggest this type if the crown is going to be visible when you smile. They can also be made from composite resin, metal alloys, and ceramics. If they are going to support heavy chewing and biting, as your back teeth do, we may fit you with porcelain-fused-to-metal or gold crowns. Determining what type to use will depend on the health of your gum tissue and which tooth it is covering in the mouth. 

What Would Cause Me To Need One?

There are several reasons why you may need a cap on your tooth. These include covering a tooth after a root canal procedure is performed, fixing a tooth that is misshapen, supporting a tooth that is weak, or holding a cracked tooth together. 

I Am Ready To Wear A Crown. What Is Next?

Please make an appointment with us to start the process. The whole treatment will take place over two appointments. On your first visit, we will clean the tooth and remove any decay from it, reshape it, and take impressions of it so that the dental lab can produce your permanent crown based on its size and shape. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it. During the second visit, we will fit the restoration on the tooth and cement it into place. 

Will It Last A Long Time?

Dental crowns can last up to 15 years if they are treated well. Some ways to keep them lasting as long as they can are to keep up your good oral hygiene habits like twice-daily brushing and nightly flossing, as well as scheduling regular check-ups and cleanings with us. 

Schedule An Appointment With Us For A Dental Crown

If you are concerned about a chipped or cracked tooth, a dental crown may be the solution. We can help with any questions or concerns you have. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call Mansfield Dental Associates at 817-473-6227.