It’s easy to take your teeth’s enamel — the hard, protective coating — for granted, until you have an issue that leaves the sensitive interior portion of your tooth exposed. In any case, where your tooth needs protection or the restoration of its shape and strength, Harry Ashitey, DDS, offers crowns to his patients at Aesthetic Dentistry & Implant Center in Corinth, Texas. To learn more about crowns and how they can protect and restore your teeth, call the office or book your appointment online.
A dental crown is essentially a cap for your tooth. Dr. Ashitey fixes it in place to restore the shape of your tooth while giving it a strong protective covering. The crown is custom-created to match all of your other teeth perfectly so it’s an excellent way to restore your smile’s appearance, too.
You might need a crown if you:
Getting a crown on your tooth is a two-step process because Dr. Ashitey needs to prepare your tooth and take measurements of it, then create the crown tailored to your tooth’s exact size, shape, and color.
During your first appointment, Dr. Ashitey examines your tooth. If he finds extensive decay, he may recommend a root canal to clean out the damaged or infected part of your tooth.
Whether or not you need a root canal, Dr. Ashitey uses this first appointment to prepare your tooth for the crown. That means filing it down on all sides. This allows the crown to fit over it while still laying flush with your surrounding teeth. Don’t worry — he numbs the area so you won’t experience any discomfort during this process.
Then, he takes measurements of the prepared tooth so your crown can be created to fit perfectly over it. Dr. Ashitey sends you home with a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth.
Once your permanent crown is ready, you’ll come back to Aesthetic Dentistry & Implant Center. First, Dr. Ashitey will check that the crown fits seamlessly and matches the shape and color of your surrounding teeth. Then, your crown is cemented in place.
Caring for your crown is important because it helps maintain its lifespan. With proper care, a crown can last anywhere from 5-15 years.
To take care of your crown, practice good oral hygiene and avoid any activities that would strain the crown, like grinding your teeth, biting your nails, or opening things with your teeth.
If you need a crown, call Aesthetic Dentistry & Implant Center or book your appointment online to get started.