Porcelain Crowns & Bridges in Fort Worth
At Summer Creek Dentistry, we believe restorative dentistry services should fully restore every aspect of damaged smiles – the form, function, and appearance. The most commonly used restorative solutions are dental crowns. In the past, crowns were crafted from a number of materials including gold and porcelain bonded to metal, but these materials were not able to fully renew the damaged appearance of patients’ smiles. That’s why our Fort Worth dentist, Dr. Jasmine Coleman King, uses the highest quality ceramic material to craft custom dental crowns and fully repair even extensive damage.
A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, is a restoration that fits over the top of damaged teeth in order to replace dental structure lost to decay, trauma, or wear. Custom crafted to renew optimal oral health, dental crowns allow our team to preserve dental structure while repairing form and function. We believe in conservative treatment. That means we select services that preserve the maximum amount of healthy tissue while fully repairing damage. We only recommend dental crown restoration if more conservative solutions would be ineffective.
Traditionally, dental crowns were crafted from gold or porcelain coated metal. Gold crowns offer the most durable solution with the least amount of wear to opposing teeth. Porcelain bonded to metal restorations offer improved appearance, but they wear away the enamel on opposing teeth more quickly. Additionally, as the porcelain wears away over time, the dark-colored metal is revealed below. Our team uses all-ceramic dental crowns. These high-quality restorative materials provide optimal durability and flawless cosmetic appearance. Even as enamel is worn away overtime, these crowns retain their natural appearance, blending seamlessly into smiles.
The Dental Crown Restoration Process
Patients in need of restoration with a dental crown should plan to visit our office at least two times. The entire process may take anywhere from a few weeks to a month. During the initial preparation appointment, we remove a small amount of healthy dental structure to accommodate the crown placement. In some cases, we may need to perform a crown lengthening procedure to remove a small amount of gum tissue, exposing enough dental structure to support the crown. Next, we capture impressions of the prepared tooth that are used by our dental lab to craft the restoration, and place a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the final restoration is completed. When we receive the custom crown, patients return to our office to exchange their temporary for the final dental crown.
Reasons for Dental Crown Restoration
Patients may need dental crown restoration in a number of situations including:
- To restore severe decay or damage that cannot be repaired with more conservative services
- To conceal significant cosmetic flaws
- Following root canal therapy, a dental crown may be placed to protect the treated tooth
- A crown can be attached to a dental implant post to replace a single missing tooth
- Two dental crowns can be attached to healthy teeth to support a fixed bridge, replacing one to three consecutive missing teeth