Dental crowns have been a valuable dental treatment for generations. They can renew the function of damaged teeth and improve the way a smile looks. At DFW Absolute Dental, Dr. Shahdad and our team are proud to offer crowns as one of our restorative services. This page explains more about what crowns are, the benefits they offer, and what you can expect during the treatment process.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the entire visible portion of a tooth — that is to say, it covers everything above the gum line. A crown can:
Dental crowns can be made out of various materials, including gold, silver, and base metals. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) and 100 percent porcelain crowns are also available. Dr. Shahdad usually favors all-porcelain crowns because they are very aesthetically pleasing (they are virtually identical to natural tooth enamel), and they are safe for patients with metal sensitivities.
Some of the most outstanding benefits of dental crowns include:
The dental crown process takes place across two appointments. At the first appointment, Dr. Shahdad prepares the tooth by filing it down or filling it in so it will fit well beneath the crown. Then, our team takes impressions of the tooth and the surrounding structures. That impression, along with detailed instructions from Dr. Shahdad, goes to a dental laboratory, which will fabricate the crown.
The patient wears a temporary crown while the permanent one is being created. Then, at the second appointment, Dr. Shahdad verifies the fit of the permanent crown before she cements it onto the tooth.
Would you like to learn more about dental crowns? Contact DFW Absolute Dental today to schedule your restorative consultation.