What Is a Dental Crown?

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attractive stylish woman in yellow dress and straw hat holding daisy flowerDental crowns are one of many restorations used by Dr. John Schmid of Austin, TX, to restore the smile, specifically individual teeth that might be compromised, weakened, or broken. With a visit to his practice, you can learn more about this and other dental treatments used to improve the function, appearance, and health of individual teeth or the smile as a whole.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" placed over an existing tooth to improve its shape, size, strength, or appearance. Crowns are often used to protect weak teeth from further damage, restore broken teeth, and cover severely discolored teeth. Crowns may also be used as part of a dental bridge in order to replace missing teeth. They act as anchors on either side of the gap where the missing tooth was located.

What Materials Are Used To Create Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are made from porcelain, ceramic, gold alloys, metal alloys, and even composites. The material chosen for your crown depends on factors such as cost, durability, and how it looks when compared to neighboring natural teeth. Dr. John Schmid, our experienced and reliable dentist at Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry, often uses ceramic or porcelain as these materials are both strong and natural-looking.

How Do I Care For My Dental Crown Restoration?

Caring for your dental crown is similar to caring for natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to keep the teeth and surrounding gums healthy. Also, avoid chewing hard items, such as ice or hard candy, which may break the crown. When you attend regular visits for cleanings and evaluations at Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry, our team can also monitor the integrity of your crown and other dental restorations during the same appointments to make recommendations when they may need replacement.

Schedule an Appointment With Our Team To Learn More About Dental Crowns for Smile Restoration

A dental crown can restore your smile by repairing damaged teeth, replacing missing teeth, and enhancing the appearance of discolored or misshapen teeth. With proper care, dental crowns can last for many years! If you have any further questions about dental crowns, please speak with Dr. John Schmid and his team at Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry, who can provide more information on whether or not a dental crown is right for you! Call 512-329-5967 to request a visit and learn more about this and other reconstructive or cosmetic procedures available at his state-of-the-art facility.