Dental Crowns – Plano, TX
Strengthen and Restore Damaged Teeth
Dental crowns in Plano have been a staple in dentistry for many years. This restorative treatment often has the power to save a damaged tooth from extraction and bring back its function and beauty. Dr. Shannon Stokes has years of experience in designing and placing crowns and would be glad to help you take advantage of this treatment. If you suspect you need a crown, contact our office soon to request an appointment.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are custom-made caps that get placed over the entire visible portion of a tooth. They therefore serve to protect a weakened tooth from food, temperature changes, and other environmental factors that might cause it further harm. It used to be standard practice for crowns to be made out of metals such as gold and silver, but nowadays many dentists and patients alike prefer metal-free options.
Why Are Metal-Free Dental Crowns Important?
Although metal crowns are sturdy and have the potential to last for a long time, their obvious downside is that they’re not very attractive. Metals clash with the color of the teeth around them, resulting in a smile that falls short of its aesthetic potential.
A porcelain, metal-free crown can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. When one is properly constructed and placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist in Plano, your restored tooth will fit in in seamlessly with its surroundings.
Why Would You Need a Dental Crown?
Some common reasons why you may need a dental crown include:
- You recently had a root canal.
- A tooth suffered severe decay or damage.
- A tooth is badly misshapen or has other serious aesthetic flaws that you wish to disguise.
- One of your teeth is severely worn down.
- You suffer from cracked tooth syndrome.
- You have an old crown that feels loose or uncomfortable.
The Process for Dental Crowns
Generally, it takes just two appointments for Dr. Stokes to place a dental crown. At the first appointment, he will prepare your tooth. He may need to file it down or fill it in so it fits well under your new restoration. Then, he’ll take some impressions of your mouth. You’ll wear a temporary crown as you wait for a laboratory to create your custom crown. When it is ready, you’ll return to our office so Dr. Stokes can permanently place it in your mouth.
What to Expect After You Receive a Crown
The area around the crown may be sensitive of swollen for a few days after you receive your crown. However, such symptoms should go away relatively quickly. Avoiding hot and cold foods and taking mild painkillers should help you manage the discomfort. Once you’ve recovered, you’ll be able to go back to your normal eating routine.
How to Care for Your Crown
To keep your porcelain crown in the best shape possible, you should:
- Stick to a good oral hygiene routine that includes daily flossing and twice-daily brushing.
- Don’t bite on extremely hard foods. Although porcelain is tough, it can become chipped.
- Call our office if your crown ever feels loose or otherwise damaged.
- If you habitually grind your teeth at night or play sports, wear proper mouth protection (a nightguard or a sports guard).
How Long Do Crowns Last?
A porcelain crown may last for 10 – 15 years if you care for it properly. Many patients find that their crowns last even longer than that.