A dental crown is often used to restore the strength, appearance, or functionality to a tooth that has been damaged or weakened in some way. This is essentially a cap that is shaped and colored just like a natural tooth. It is placed over the damaged tooth to conceal imperfections and absorb bite forces that may further damage the tooth. Dr. John Tan may recommend a dental crown in McAllen, TX for the following cases:
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Extensive decay
- Worn or disfigured tooth
- Discolored tooth
- Root canal
How is a dental crown placed?
A dental crown can usually be placed in two separate visits. During the first visit, Dr. Tan will examine the cracked tooth and take x-rays to make sure it is healthy enough to support the crown. Then it will be resized and reshaped. This involves removing any decay and some amount of tooth structure to make room for the crown. Afterward, an impression of the tooth will be made and used as a model for the crown. The creation and manufacturing process usually takes about three weeks, unless an in office CEREC crown is being placed. CEREC crowns are fabricated and permanently cemented during the same appointment.
After the crown has been created, the health of your gum tissue will be examined to make sure there are no traces of infection. Finally, the crown will be placed over the tooth and cemented in place.
Do I need a crown?
Dental crowns can be used in a variety of situations. As long as the patient has healthy gum and bone tissue and the tooth root has not been damaged severely, a crown can be an effective treatment in the following cases:
- Restoring strength to a chipped or cracked tooth
- Restoring the appearance of a discolored or disfigured tooth
- Repairing a decayed tooth
- Giving natural appearance and function to a dental implant
Patients who have suffered a damaged or cracked tooth are often good candidates for dental crowns. Contact Dr. Tan to learn more about getting a dental crown in McAllen, TX today!