Sometimes a decayed or damaged tooth cannot be repaired with a simple filling. In these instances, a porcelain crown can be a very effective way to repair the tooth. These dental appliance are quite durable. Best of all – they look and function just like a normal tooth! Dr. Smitherman offers porcelain crowns as one of the many dental services she provides to her Austin, TX area patients.
Great Reasons to Choose Austin Family Dentistry for Porcelain Crowns:
- Similar to other types of crowns, porcelain crowns are very durable and typically last for many years
- The porcelain material can be made to very closely match the shade of your natural teeth, making porcelain crowns much less obvious than crowns made with other material
- Crowns that are considered to be restorative and not cosmetic are usually at least partially covered by most insurance companies, which should reduce the amount that a patient has to pay out-of-pocket
What You Should Know about Porcelain Crowns
A crown, also referred to as a “cap,” is a custom-made dental appliance that covers the entire surface of the affected tooth. Porcelain crowns have become increasingly popular over the past several years and with good reason – not only are they attractive, but they’re extremely durable as well.
How to Know if a Porcelain Crown is Right for You
Crowns are a good choice for people who suffer from any of the following:
- Broken teeth
- Unattractive or misshaped teeth (this may be considered a cosmetic dentistry procedure)
- Decayed or damaged teeth that can’t be repaired with fillings
- Teeth that have undergone root canals
The Porcelain Crown Procedure
Being fitted with a new porcelain crown will require two visits to our Austin, TX office. Dr. Smitherman will begin by making an impression of the tooth, which will then be sent to a dental lab, where the crown will be created. After that, she’ll remove any existing decay and shape the surface of the tooth. The patient will be fitted with a temporary crown while the new one is being made. During the second visit, Dr. Smitherman will permanently affix the new porcelain crown.
Contact Our Austin, TX Office Today
To find out more about porcelain crowns, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Austin, TX office today.