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Dental Crowns – Arlington, TX

Durable Protection for Damaged or Decayed Teeth

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Teeth can become damaged and decayed due to a variety of reasons, including poor oral hygiene, trauma while playing sports, or even accidentally tripping and falling while you’re walking. Without the proper protection and strength, this damage could leave your tooth vulnerable to the threat of dental emergencies and more serious oral health problems, like infections. When left untreated for too long, it could even result in the need for a tooth extraction. To help strengthen and protect your smile, your dentist in Arlington, Dr. Wardlaw, offers high-quality, customized dental crowns.

What is a Dental Crown?

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A dental crown is a cap-shaped structure that is custom-crafted to fit over the biting surface of your tooth, located above the gumline. It can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, ceramic, porcelain, and countless others, depending on your budget and your preference.

Many patients are surprised to learn how versatile these restorations are. We typically suggest them in any of the following situations:

  • A tooth is severely decayed and the filling needs added support.
  • A tooth is broken and needs to be held together and strengthened.
  • A tooth has just received root canal therapy.
  • A tooth is missing and can be replaced with a dental implant.
  • A bridge needs to be anchored in place.
  • A tooth is severely misshapen or discolored.

Depending on your situation, we’ll walk you through all of your treatment options and make sure that you have all the information necessary to make the best decision for your oral health. We’ll also ask you about any aesthetic desires that you have so that we can customize your restoration to look exactly how you’d like it to.

The Process of Getting a Dental Crown

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The process of getting a dental crown typically takes place over the course of multiple appointments and a few different steps:

  1. We’ll examine your mouth, determine whether a dental crown in Arlington can treat your oral health issue, and walk you through the process before moving forward with your decision.
  2. To prepare your tooth for the crown, we’ll remove a thin layer of enamel to allow it to lay flush with your surrounding teeth once it’s secured.
  3. We’ll capture an impression of your tooth and the gum line to send off to our dental laboratory that will make your restoration. In the meantime, to protect your prepared tooth, we’ll place a temporary crown over it.
  4. As soon as we receive your permanent crown, we’ll call you back into our office, remove your temporary crown, and replace it with your permanent one.
  5. Our team will show you how to properly care for your restoration so you can continue enjoying it for years to come.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

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Dental crowns are a common treatment that we conduct here at I-20 Family Dental. These restorations boast a wide array of benefits for our patients, including:

  • Improved comfort and chewing ability.
  • Reduce risk of worsening oral health problems down the road.
  • Protect natural teeth from needing to be extracted.
  • Lifespan of 15+ years with proper maintenance.
  • Restores the smile without drawing attention to damaged teeth.
  • Customized to feel comfortable in the mouth.

If you feel as though you could benefit from receiving a dental crown, call our office today. We can examine your smile and let you know what treatment we would suggest!