Dental Crowns | Austin TX
How is a crown made?
Crowns are used when large amounts of tooth structure are compromised. The compromised tooth structure is removed and the tooth is also shaved down to make room for a crown. An impression is then taken of the tooth and a temporary tooth colored crown is fabricated. A lab technician then makes a crown for that patient’s tooth that will match their color, contour and bite. After the final crown is fabricated, the patient returns for the cementation of the final crown.
When would a crown be placed instead of a filling?
Some examples of instances in which a crown is placed includes:
1) The patient’s natural tooth fractures
2) A large filling is already present but is either defective or has decay underneath it
3) Large cracks are forming on the teeth from years of wear and tear.
4) A root canal has been performed on a tooth in the back of the patients mouth.
Crowns can be made of multiple materials, all of which have their distinct advantages and disadvantages. The most common material is lithium disilicate, also called e-max. E-max is a ceramic tooth colored crown that is considered by many dentists to be the most natural and esthetic looking crown. Zirconia is the strongest material currently used in dental offices, and is tooth colored as well. Gold is still used in dentistry today and is still considered to be an excellent material to work with if appearance is not an issue for the patient.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal.
On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.
Key Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Replaces missing teeth
- Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
- Looks completely natural
- Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems
What are the capabilities of crowns?
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.
North Austin Dentistry
Dr. Miller and staff are first rate. I would recommend them to anyone that asked me about them.
- Mike E
Dr. Miller and his team make caring for my teeth easy. In addition to their supreme professionalism and courteousness, they are efficient (I am greeted and taken back for treatment within minutes of arriving for appointments), thorough, and offer great coordination of care with other dental professionals. I leave Dr. Miller's office feeling appreciated and confident that I received the care I need. Thank you Dr. Miller and team!
- Mary M
Dr. Miller is kinda a rock star. He has a humble and quiet confidence about him, despite being Bruce Lee competent when it comes to fixing and diagnosing all things dental. Most dentists with that kind of skill run their offices like empires. But not doctor Miller. He has an approachable manner and the "mood" in the practice is relaxed which enhances the chemistry between him and the Dental assistants and Receptionist. This creates a relaxed atmosphere inside the office (within reason...you're getting your teeth drilled, scaled, endo tested for cryin out loud, but with novacaine 😀 ). He is even okay with a little dash of Gallows humor if you want to "go there" (when I get stressed, I often fall back on Sarcasm. Dr. Miller serenely and gently plays along calming the situation down, while throwing out a bit of gallows humor himself. Also, there is a definite "get you in and out" mentality but with a "do it right the first time" additional benefit. What other good things can I say? Dr. Miller will see you at 7am (I swear he got started on me to patch a cracked temp crown 10 minutes early at 6:50am. That's usually something dental assistants do, but Dr. Miller was flexible enough to do it because he knew I had to "get a move on" for work). Alisha is awesome (she's very calming and just "knows" where everything is in the office...plus she's an artist with temp crowns). Elle will schedule you and work with your insurance like she's your paid attorney. In summary: This dental practice kicks *** and takes names.
- Matthew L