The San Antonio dental office of D. Michael Miller, DDS provides a wide range of dental care options to keep patients smiling. Dr. Miller and his team work with patients to create personalized treatment plans and maintain the optimal level of oral health. Even those patients who are the most dedicated to keeping their smile healthy can experience tooth decay and damage. For these patients, we’re happy to offer a wide array of restorative dentistry services to repair lost structure and preserve the remaining healthy tooth. Dental crowns are some of the most often used restorations. If you have questions or want to find out more, call Dr. Miller and his San Antonio dental team today. We’re always happy to help.
Dental crowns are restorations that fit over the top of a damaged tooth to replace the damaged structures. Once in place, your dental crown will protect and strengthen your remaining tooth structure. Crowns can be crafted from a number of different materials, including metal alloy, gold, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia, and ceramic. We’ll help you choose the right material for your unique situation.
Dental crowns are recommended to repair your smile in a number of different situations, including:
Dental crowns are placed over the course of two trips to our office. During your first visit, we remove damaged tissue. We will also need to remove a small amount of enamel all the way around your tooth to allow the dental crown to fit within your smile. We’ll capture an impression of the prepared teeth that will be sent to our lab. While the lab crafts your dental crown, we’ll place a temporary to protect your prepared tooth. Once we receive the custom restoration, you can return to our office to exchange the temporary for the custom dental crown.
Once in place, your dental crown will last five to ten years before it needs to be repaired or replaced. In order to keep your crown healthy and functional, you’ll need to care for it properly every day. You should brush teeth two minutes at a time twice a day, using soft bristled toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpaste. Floss at least once each day, using a waxed floss or water flosser. This will limit your risk for pulling or catching around the edges of the dental crown. You should also visit our office every six months for dental exams and teeth cleanings. We’ll assess your crown during these appointments to help you keep them functioning as long as possible.