What a Dental Crown Can Do for You
When a tooth is cracked, fractured, or broken, it can cause a significant amount of discomfort. Besides the toothache, structural damage also weakens the tooth, and without help, it will continue to break under the pressure of your bite. Dental crowns are designed to protect compromised teeth by covering them entirely, and can be crafted from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, zirconia, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), or E-Max (high-grade dental porcelain that can be crafted in a single day).
Dental Crowns Made and Placed in a Day
Making and placing a dental crown typically involves at least two visits: one to prepare and measure your tooth and dental ridge, and another to place the crown after it has been crafted in a trusted dental lab. At The Austin Dentist, Dr. Schmidt can prepare, craft, and place your dental crown in a single day using the Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) technology. CEREC allows Dr. Schmidt to take detailed digital images of your entire mouth, and then send the specifics of your tooth and dental crown needs to an on-site milling machine. The machine will craft your restoration during the same visit, so you can leave your appointment with your new ceramic or E-Max crown intact.
Restoring Damaged Teeth
A dental crown’s purpose involves preservation as much as restoration. In addition to repairing a damaged tooth, a dental crown preserves the healthy structure that remains by holding it together and protecting it. Usually, a dental crown may be recommended if:
- Your tooth’s main structure, called dentin, has cracked
- A piece of your tooth has broken off
- A tooth is noticeably worn down, discolored, or appears too small
- A cavity requires a large tooth filling
- A tooth undergoes root canal therapy
- A tooth is lost, and the crown is coupled with a dental implant
Inlays and Onlays
If a tooth is damaged, but not enough to need an entire dental crown, then Dr. Schmidt might suggest an inlay or onlay – partial crowns that do not extend over the whole tooth. An inlay rests between the cusps on a tooth’s chewing surface, while an onlay can extend over one or more cusps and the side of the tooth. Inlays and onlays provide the restorative benefits of a dental crown, but allow you to retain more of your healthy, unmarred tooth structure.
Call The Austin Dentist Today!
At The Austin Dentist, our philosophy is to provide the gift of service to everyone, and to create rewarding, lasting friendships with all of our patients. We offer a comprehensive list of dental health services in a beautiful environment, where you can receive the care you need from an intelligent, cheerful, patient-centered team. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph G. Schmidt, contact The Austin Dentist in Austin, TX today by calling (512) 328-1500.