If you have structurally damaged teeth, whether due to decay or trauma, a dental crown can help restore strength, function, and beauty to the affected teeth. Austin dentist Dr. John Schmid offers porcelain crowns as well as gold and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns to meet the needs of all of his patients.
If you think you might be in need of a dental crown, don’t hesitate to contact Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry at 512-329-5967 to schedule your appointment. We serve patients in Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and other nearby areas of Texas.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown, also called a “tooth cap,” is essentially a false tooth that is placed over the top of your real tooth to protect it and restore its function. Crowns can also replace missing teeth. Dental crowns may be recommended in situations where:
- Your tooth is weak from decay
- Your tooth is cracked or broken
- You had a root canal
- You had an extensive cavity that required a large filling, and not much natural tooth is left
- Your tooth is severely discolored
- You are missing a tooth
Dr. John Schmid offers three different types of dental crowns: porcelain, gold, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Porcelain crowns are the most natural looking, and are used by Dr. Schmid whenever possible. All-porcelain crowns mimic real teeth in shape, size, color, and translucency, and are the best option cosmetically.
However, porcelain crowns will not be the ideal choice for everyone. In some cases, gold or fused crowns may be recommended for greater structural support, particularly in load-bearing back teeth. Dr. Schmid will carefully assess your situation and recommend the best option for you.
The Dental Crown Process
Having a dental crown placed requires two trips to our Austin dental office. During the first visit, your tooth will be prepared for the crown and an impression of your teeth will be taken. This impression is sent to a dental lab so that your crown can be created for optimum strength and to fit well with your other teeth, and you are fitted with a temporary crown in the meantime.
Your second visit will be after your custom crown is finished. You will return to our office, and Dr. Schmid will replace your temporary crown with the permanent one. He will check to make sure the size, color, and shape are all correct, and you will also have a chance to view the crown and feel it in your mouth. If everything looks good, Dr. Schmid will cement your custom crown in place.
Caring For Dental Crowns
Luckily, dental crowns require very little special care. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene habits, your crowns should last for a long time. Dr. Schmid will give you detailed instructions on caring for your crown during your appointment, but some tips you should keep in mind include:
- Don’t use mouthwash that contains alcohol, as astringent ingredients can loosen the bonding holding your crown on
- Avoid chewing on ice, hard candy, pencils, or other hard surfaces
- Try not to eat too many sticky foods like taffy
- Floss using a gentle sliding motion, rather than lifting and pulling
In addition to these tips, you should be sure to visit Dr. Schmid every 6 months for a regular checkup and cleaning. During these checkups, he can also examine your crown and make sure it’s in good shape.
Schedule Your Dental Crown Consultation
If you have weak, damaged, or missing teeth that could benefit from a dental crown, call Dr. Schmid at 512-329-5967 to schedule your appointment today. We serve patients in Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and other nearby areas of Texas.