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Dental Crowns

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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.

Why Choose DFW Absolute Dental for Dental Crowns?

  • Experienced restorative dentist
  • 100% porcelain restorations available
  • Easy, comfortable treatment process

What Is a Dental Crown?

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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:

  • Protect a root canal-treated tooth
  • Support a bridge in order to replace a missing tooth
  • Strengthen a damaged tooth
  • Repair a tooth with a cavity too large to be treated by a normal filling
  • Improve the appearance of a badly misshapen tooth

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.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

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Some of the most outstanding benefits of dental crowns include:

  • They can last for a decade or longer if they receive proper care
  • They are durable enough to stand up to all the rigors of everyday eating and drinking
  • They can preserve your natural dentition and help you avoid the need for extractions
  • PFM and porcelain crowns are as beautiful as they are functional, whereas metal crowns are incredibly strong
  • The treatment process is fast and comfortable
  • In the vast majority of cases, dental insurance provides coverage for dental crowns

The Dental Crown Process

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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.