One of the most common dental procedures is applying crowns to teeth. Where fillings cover part of a tooth, crowns are caps that cover the entire tooth. Crowns are used when a large section of a tooth has been damaged. They are stronger and longer-lasting than fillings and prevent the tooth from being damaged from further tooth decay.
What to Expect
If Dr. Smith decides that you can benefit from having a tooth crowned, first he will schedule an appointment in which he will prepare the enamel and make an impression of your tooth. This will be sent to a dental laboratory, where a skilled technician will create a crown custom made to fit over your tooth. It can take a couple of weeks for the lab to send back the completed crown. During this time, you will wear a temporary crown. When the permanent crown is ready, Dr. Smith will check to make sure it fits properly, and then will cement it onto your tooth.
What will the Crown look Like?
Depending on your unique situation, Dr. Smith will choose from one of four types of crowns.
- Porcelain or ceramic crowns. For cosmetic reasons, we usually use these crowns for front teeth, because they blend well with the look of surrounding teeth.
- Metal crowns. Often, we’ll use stronger metal crowns on the back teeth, as they are not very visible.
- Porcelain crowns fused to metal. These crowns offer the best of both worlds, so to speak. They are metal on the inside, covered by a thin layer of porcelain for cosmetic appeal.
- Zirconia crowns. Zirconia crowns resemble natural teeth and are very fracture- and chip-resistant. We often use these very strong crowns on patients with bruxism who put lots of pressure on their teeth.
Each crown type has pros and cons. Dr. Smith will go over the options with you during your visit.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Grand Prairie Dentist
Dr. Quinn Smith is a well-respected and highly experienced general, restorative, and family dentist in Grand Prairie, TX. He takes a patient-first approach that starts from the moment patients enter our Pecan Tree Dental office, and he offers a three-year guarantee on all dental work that he performs. Whether you and your family are new or returning patients, you can schedule a consultation or your next appointment with Dr. Smith by contacting us at (972) 262-5111. We proudly welcome patients from Grand Prairie, as well as surrounding areas including Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville.