If you develop a deep cavity or severely damage a tooth, dental crowns can preserve your enamel and restore your ability to bite and chew. At Calm Spring Dental, highly skilled Dentist Obinna Ejike, DDS, and our team use dental crowns to repair damaged, decaying, and weakened teeth. To make an appointment, call the office in San Antonio, Texas, or book online today.
A dental crown is a cap that covers a damaged or decaying tooth. Once we bond your crown in place, it restores your tooth to its near-original size and appearance.
Dental crowns are made from different materials, including metal, porcelain, and ceramic. After an oral exam, a review of your dental records, and a series of X-rays, we can determine the type that will most benefit you.
At Calm Spring Dental, we use dental crowns for various reasons, including:
We also use dental crowns to cover teeth after root canal therapy. Covering a treated tooth with a crown reduces the risk of complications and prevents the need for an extraction.
At Calm Spring Dental, getting dental crowns takes at least two visits.
At your first visit, we review your dental records, conduct an oral exam, and take X-rays to assess your tooth. Then, we numb your mouth with a local anesthetic and remove the decaying or damaged portion of the enamel.
Next, we take impressions of your tooth and send them to a nearby dental lab. Technicians at the lab use your impressions to design and manufacture a custom dental crown.
When we receive your custom dental crown from the lab, you return to the office. We numb your mouth with an anesthetic and bond your crown on top of your damaged tooth. Before you leave, we assess your bite and provide care instructions.
Dental crowns last between 10 and 12* years on average, but it is possible to extend their use with good oral hygiene. To keep your crown in optimal condition, we recommend:
If you play sports or work a physically demanding job, we also recommend wearing a mouthguard.
To see if you can benefit from dental crowns, make an appointment at Calm Spring Dental by calling the office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary