The tooth enamel coating our teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. Unfortunately, despite the strength of our outer enamel, teeth can still become cracked, chipped, or riddled with decay. When this occurs, your Austin dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, may recommend a dental crown to restore your tooth and prevent infection. In today’s blog, Dr. Van Wicklen discusses the restorative capabilities of dental crowns and explains how a breakthrough technology allows our office to offer same day crowns.
What is a Crown?
A crown is a cap that fits completely over the visible portion of a tooth. Your Austin TX cosmetic dentist will prepare the tooth receiving the crown and take an impression. Using the impression, a ceramist at a dental lab will create your custom-made crown. Our crowns are specially designed to look like natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile. Using materials such as porcelain and zirconia, crowns can also withstand powerful bite forces.
How Do I Know If I Need a Crown?
Crowns are used to repair teeth suffering from advanced tooth decay or damage, such as fractures or chips. Common symptoms of these issues include tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and persistent toothaches. Without treatment, the tooth may eventually become infected and require removal. Crowns are also used in dental replacement procedures, anchoring dental bridges into place and topping dental implants.
Same Day Crowns
Typically, receiving a crown requires two visits with about two weeks in between wearing a temporary crown. With CEREC technology, Dr. Van Wicklen can now create and a place a custom-made crown in a single visit. The crowns are crafted by a special CEREC machine using esthetically pleasing and strong dental ceramic.
Schedule a Visit with Your Austin TX Cosmetic Dentist
A dental crown will return your smile to full function and appearance. For information on our crowns, including CEREC same day crowns, contact your Austin TX cosmetic dentist today. Dr. Van Wicklen will decide which of our cosmetic procedures will best brighten your smile. You can schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Van Wicklen by calling 512-448-3131. Located in the 78704 area, we proudly serve the cities of Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Bastrop, Bee Cave, Cedar Park, and all surrounding communities.