Do you have damaged teeth? Are there areas of your smile that are worn or broken?
Dental crowns are one of the most widely used dental restorations and can add durability to your smile. Dr. Michael Courter provides dental crowns to his patients in our Midland, TX dentist office. He works with patients to create customized dental crowns that look and feel like natural teeth.
Dental crowns are porcelain ceramic caps that fully cover teeth and blend in with the look and feel of patient’s smiles. Discover more about this restorative dental solution below.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
Tooth crowns offer multiple benefits to patients with damaged, weakened, and even lost teeth:
- Long-lasting results
- Durability and strength
- Natural look and function
- Stability and security
Please contact our office if you have a dental injury and we will help create a treatment plan for you.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are similar to dental fillings and dental crowns in that they seal and protect teeth. However, they cover different areas of the tooth surface. Inlays cover the space between the cusps or upper sides of the teeth. Onlays cover the tooth sides. Both inlays and onlays are made of a porcelain ceramic composite that blends in with the shade of natural teeth. Because of this, they are a great discreet option for patients with worn or injured teeth.
Dental Crown Treatment
Dr. Courter begins dental crown treatment by preparing the teeth and gums. Removing a small layer of the tooth receiving the crown creates a proper surface for the tooth crown. Then, Dr. Courter will take digital impressions to ensure that the crown matches the exact specifications of the tooth. The dental impressions are sent to a dental lab where the dental crowns are fabricated. Dr. Courter will also provide patients with a temporary tooth cap. Once the dental crown or crowns are complete, Dr. Courter will remove the temporary crown and bond the permanent crown to the tooth. He will clean and polish the crown and ensure that it is stable in the mouth.
Caring for Dental Crowns
Directly following your treatment, we will provide you with pain medication to aid in your recovery. Any tooth soreness or sensitivity will subside within 3 days of your treatment. Please refrain from eating any hard or chewy foods as this can cause further irritation or pain. We recommend that you eat soft foods while you recover.
Dental crowns are permanent dental restorations. With the right care, they can last for years to come. Properly brushing and flossing the crown and the teeth surrounding the crown can keep dental infections at bay. If your crown comes loose or falls out due to an injury, please contact our office as soon as possible. Bacteria can easily collect beneath a loose-fitting crown. Old, broken, and loose dental crowns can also cause pain and bite dysfunction.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
Do you want to restore your smile with durable dental crowns? Call Dr. Courter’s Midland dental office by calling 432.287.9531. Feel free to request a dental consultation with Dr. Courter online.