Dental Crowns in Plano, TX
What is a Crown?
Crowns or “caps” are traditional and commonly used restorations in dentistry today. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is used to cover a severely damaged or decayed tooth.
Because the enamel has to be completely removed for a crown or “cap”, the stronger and more conservative onlay or porcelain veneer restoration is generally the treatment of choice whenever possible. However, when teeth are badly broken, extensively decayed, or simply in need of replacing existing caps, crowns are the treatment of choice. This is because in these cases, fillings are not able to replace enough of the tooth or make it strong enough.
Crowns can be made of all porcelain, porcelain fused to gold, porcelain fused to zirconium, or all gold. The best crown material is often determined by an individual’s occlusion, or bite, and aesthetic considerations. A crown may be used to keep the pieces of a cracked tooth together, or it may even hold a bridge in place. Best of all, in many cases a crown can last upwards of 40 years!
To instill a crown, Dr. Beougher will file down the tooth so that there is room for the crown. Then, an impression of the tooth is made, along with the surrounding teeth, to ensure a proper resulting alignment and bite. These impressions are then sent to the lab for the crown to be made, and a temporary crown will be placed until the real crown is ready. Once the crown is ready, it will be tested and minor adjustments may be made. Finally, the crown is permanently cemented to the tooth.
Dr. Beougher has extensive training and experience in crown placement and has successfully placed thousands of these restorations since 1986. Like our porcelain veneers, these restorations are very durable and resistant to stain.
For questions about dental crowns, please contact our Plano cosmetic dentist for more information.