Dental Crowns in Austin
A dental crown or tooth cap is a prosthetic material that is cemented onto a damaged tooth to encase the entire portion above the gums in order to restore its size, shape, and strength, and also enhance its appearance.
Dr. Fossum may recommend a dental crown:
- To strengthen a tooth or area that has been weakened by trauma or decay
- To restore the shape and size of severely worn down or damaged tooth
- To support a large filling
- To anchor a dental bridge to adjacent teeth
- To increase the size of a tooth as a cosmetic modification
- To cover severely stained teeth
Types of Crowns
The common materials used for permanent crowns include:
- Stainless steel - These prefabricated tooth caps are mostly placed over the primary teeth of children to protect them from further decay. They treat tooth sensitivity and allow children to chew comfortably until the damaged tooth is ready to come out and give way to a healthy adult tooth.
- Metal alloys - These caps are made from gold, platinum, or base-metal alloys such as nickel-chromium and cobalt-chromium. They are used to restore damaged back teeth because that can withstand chewing forces sufficiently.
- All-porcelain or all-ceramic - These crowns are designed to match the color of your natural teeth so they’re virtually unnoticeable. They are great for restoring front teeth, or back teeth for people allergic to metals.
- Porcelain & metal combos - Since all-porcelain caps are prone to chipping and breaking off, they are usually fused to metal to give you a more durable restoration.
What to Expect
At Great Grins Dental in Austin, we provide several tooth repair and cosmetic procedures to restore the health, function, and aesthetic of your teeth. If Dr. Fossum determines that you are a good candidate for dental crowns during the consultation, the next step will be to choose the best type of crown for your specific case, and to fabricate it in the dental lab.
A temporary crown may be fitted until the permanent crown is ready for placement during your next visit.
Please visit Great Grins Dental in Austin to discuss your tooth repair options with Dr. Fossum.