Restoring a damaged tooth with a crown: Austin, TX holistic dentist explains why and how
Archeological evidence shows that dental crowns have been in use since 700 BC. Crown materials and techniques have come a long way since then. However, a crown remains a good tooth restoration choice in many situations. Dr. E. Griffin Cole shares this helpful information with patients in the Austin, TX area.
When a crown makes good sense
A crown is a strong covering that encircles the entire visible portion of a tooth. Crowns are ideal for reinstating strength, function, and appearance (when an attractive ceramic material is used) in these situations:
- A tooth with an area of decay too large to support a filling.
- A tooth with a piece broken off.
- A worn-down tooth.
- To hold a cracked tooth together.
- A tooth embrittled by root canal therapy.
In addition, crowns are integral to dental bridges. They serve as the final restoration for stand-alone dental implants. Crowns can restore balance to the bite, and are sometimes used for cosmetic enhancement.
If you are getting a crown, plan on two visits to E. Griffin Cole, DDS, NMD. At the first, the tooth is prepped – areas of damage are removed and the tooth is shaped to hold a crown. Then impressions, exact measurements, and digital photographs are taken. This information, along with instructions on shading, is sent to a dental lab. While the crown is fabricated from high-quality ceramics, your tooth is protected with an interim restoration.
You return in about four weeks. The temporary is painlessly removed, and the final crown is cemented into place.
Most patients enjoy the health and appearance benefits of solid zirconia crowns. They blend beautifully with the smile. There is no dark line at the gum, characteristic of porcelain fused to metal restorations, so ceramic crowns are undetectable.
Dr. Cole welcomes new patients. Call (512) 472-3565 to schedule.Back to Crowns and Bridges Page