Whenever something goes wrong with your car’s engine, you know it needs to get fixed immediately. Not just for its own sake, but because it can affect other parts around it as well. The longer you wait, the worse the problem may get. The same can be said for your teeth. If you have a tooth that needs to be repaired, the sooner you act, the better. “What does that actually involve?” you wonder. Your dentists at Long Family Dental are happy to answer your questions about getting dental crowns in Cleburne.
Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a type of restoration that sits on top of, or “caps,” your natural tooth in order to restore its shape and strength. They fully cover your tooth and are held in place with dental cement. The reasons you might need a dental crown are:
- To restore a broken or cracked tooth
- To cover a tooth that has a large filling
- To anchor a dental bridge
- To cosmetically improve a tooth
- To cover a dental implant
In essence, dental crowns are used in a variety of ways to help bring your teeth back to full functionality. Broken teeth can make it very difficult to eat without damaging them further. Not only can this cause discomfort, but it can also affect how your bite comes together. Dental crowns are able to restore your teeth in both look and function so you can eat, talk, and smile with confidence.
What is the Procedure Like?
When you come in to get a dental crown, the first step in the process involves preparing your tooth. After you have received local anesthesia, Drs. Robert or Chris Long will gently prepare the tooth’s enamel, making room for your crown among the rest of your teeth. An impression will then be taken and sent to a lab to make your crown. You will wear a temporary crown during this time. Your next visit involves your dentist placing the crown and making sure it fits properly before cementing it into place. After this, your tooth should function like it did before. Crowns can last up to 15 years with proper care, such as routine brushing and flossing, and recommended preventive care visits at our office.
Need to Know More?
If you have questions about getting a dental crown, please call us. We’re more than happy to share all your restorative dentistry options. Repairing your smile is important, so don’t wait. Come see us so you can smile bright.