At our practice in San Antonio, TX, we offer dental crowns to restore and protect a damaged tooth. A dental crown -- sometimes referred to as a cap -- fits over an entire tooth so that, once the crown is cemented in place, it permanently protects that tooth at and above the gum line. Crowns can strengthen a tooth as well as restore its shape and improve its appearance.
Some of the most common reasons for using dental crowns include:
Crowns may be permanent or temporary, and may even be used on primary teeth of children in certain situations. While crowns may be made from many different materials, porcelain has the closest resemblance to natural teeth, so it’s used most often for crowns that are visible when you smile.
Your first appointment may assess your suitability as a candidate for crowns, though this may already be done during a regular visit to River City Dental Solutions. Once the decision to proceed is made, Dr. Shields or Dr. Perry remove some of the enamel or reshape the existing tooth to make room for the crown. Or they may add filler material to build up a damaged tooth.
Once the tooth is prepared, an impression is taken for the dental lab to construct the crown. A temporary crown is put in place to cover the tooth for the weeks it usually takes to receive the finished crown back from the lab. Your next appointment tests the fit of the permanent crown, and if all is well, it’s cemented in place.
Dr Perry is a great dentist. Very kind and informative. I feel like he is personally invested in my health. He always takes the time to sit and discuss any issues I'm having - I never feel like they're rushing me out.