Why Getting a Crown Can Improve Your Oral Wellness

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An adult smile should be comprised of 32 teeth (or 28 assuming you've had your final molars removed). Though trouble with a single tooth may not feel like a huge deal, it actually can be. One diseased tooth that doesn't get addressed can impact all your other teeth and gums. A cracked front tooth could affect the appeal of your smile. And only one lost tooth could influence the placement of your remaining teeth. Our qualified dental professionals in New Braunfels, TX usually offer dental crowns to repair, reinforce, or replace one tooth. 

At ACE Dental of New Braunfels, we offer medical-grade crowns that feel and look like your native teeth. Keep reading to find out how dental crowns can be used, different types of crowns, and what will happen if you have a crown placed. 

SITUATIONS THAT COULD CALL FOR A DENTAL CROWN

Lots of factors may make your dentist lean toward a crown. Custom crowns can provide strength or protection if a tooth is chipped, cracked, or has a large cavity. A custom crown may also fill in a lost tooth or cover up discoloration to enhance the look of your smile. You may need a dental crown if you experience any of these issues:  

  • A chipped tooth 
  • Following a root canal 
  • Aesthetic improvements to your teeth 
  • Cover a natural tooth 
  • Replace a missing tooth 

Based on the location of the tooth that's getting the crown and how you would like your teeth to look, a ceramic, porcelain, or metal crown might be recommended. When filling in a lost tooth, you can also pick a dental implant. 

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO HAVE A RESTORATION?

As soon as you and your dentist have worked out which kind of restoration you may receive, your appointment will be set up. Usually, our team will need to file down a small amount of your native tooth to create space for the crown. This will allow it to be placed comfortably over your tooth without leading to extra or insufficient space for your surrounding teeth. After your enamel has been prepped, our dentist will take detailed x-rays and molds, which will be used to create your custom-made crown. Certain New Braunfels, TX facilities offer same-day all-ceramic restorations, which can be custom-designed and created in their practice with state-of-the-art 3D printers. Based on your dentist and the kind of crown you're getting, a one-day restoration might not be available. While your crown is being made at a dental lab, we will place a temporary crown over your natural tooth to protect it. An implant-supported crown will also need more time since it takes about a quarter of to half a year for the titanium post to integrate with your gums and bone, so it is strong enough to hold your crown. 

KEEPING UP WITH YOUR DENTAL CROWN

Once your restoration is on, you will need to make sure it stays strong and healthy. Depending on the materials used to make your crown, our team may suggest certain care, like particular cleaning products or more appointments. Generally speaking, you should care for your crown like your own teeth with twice-daily flossing and brushing. While more resistant to stains in contrast to your natural teeth, ceramic or porcelain crowns can still get stains, so you need to brush your teeth soon after smoking or eating and drinking things like tea, coffee, and berries. It's better to steer clear of hard or sticky foods (for example, ice or caramel) to avoid breaking or pulling your crown off. In the event that your crown does come out or gets damaged, reach out to your dentist to book a consultation and request guidance on keeping your crown intact until you arrive. You should also go to your dentist in New Braunfels, TX twice annually to get an exam and professional cleanings. This will provide your dentist the chance to adjust your crown, if necessary, or let you know if it needs to be fixed or replaced. If you perform good care techniques, your restoration may last for quite a while. 

ELEVATE YOUR SMILE WITH A CUSTOM-MADE CROWN

When you have a compromised, chipped, or lost tooth, talk to a dental practitioner in New Braunfels, TX and ask about getting a custom-made dental crown. At ACE Dental of New Braunfels, we provide different crown types in addition to implant-retained crowns to match your unique needs and wants. Arrange an appointment at our facility in New Braunfels, TX to find out more regarding your choices and how a crown could enhance the appearance of your smile and health of your mouth.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.

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