Dental Crowns

Forest Lane Dental Family + Kids & Adults | General Dentistry

Dental Crowns

Dentist Northwest Dallas

75229 Dentist


Forest Lane Dental Will Make Sure Your Crowns Look Great!

If you want to restore your smile, we can help you here at Forest Lane Dental. Our caring team specializes in restoring smiles to the fullest! A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented onto your natural tooth, resulting in long-lasting and fully functional tooth restoration.

Forest Lane Dental Family + Kids & Adults

Aesthetic Crown

Dentist in Northwest Dallas

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented onto your natural tooth, resulting in a long-lasting and fully functional tooth restoration! They are an excellent choice of restoration for many types of dental issues, such as:

  • To strengthen and protect a decayed tooth, e.g. one with decay too large to be repaired by a filling
  • To restore a badly worn down, chipped or cracked tooth
  • To change or restore the shape, size or color of a tooth
  • To complete a larger dental restoration, such as a dental implant or bridge

Dental Crown Materials

Crowns can be made of ceramic (porcelain-based), porcelain fused to metal, gold alloys, and base metal alloys. There are strengths and disadvantages to each type of material.

1. Base Metal Alloys

are very strong and highly resistant to corrosion and wear, as well as gentle to opposing teeth. A base metal alloy crown typically requires the least amount of tooth structure to be removed.

3. Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) crowns

provide good strength and seal to the teeth, preventing leakage and decreasing recurring tooth decay. A moderate amount of tooth structure must be removed, but PFM crowns offer a stronger restoration than porcelain alone and are quite durable and strong. However over time, dark grey or black lines can begin to appear at the gum line as the metal base begins to show through.

2. Gold Alloys

adhere strongly to the tooth structure and are highly biocompatible with gum tissue. It is resistant to wear and fracture and does not wear away opposing teeth.

4. Ceramic

is especially recommended for restoring front teeth due to their high natural appearance. Porcelain crowns can be shade-matched exactly to the shade of your other teeth, and unless damaged are highly resistant to staining. More tooth structures often must be removed for porcelain crown restorations, and because the material is not as durable as the other options it is not recommended for teeth that sustain heavy biting and chewing.

The Procedure

After it’s been confirmed that your tooth and surrounding structure are in good health, getting a dental crown typically requires two visits.

During the first, our doctors will numb the area and shape the tooth so that a crown can fit over it. She will take an impression, which will be sent to a dental lab where the crown is created to beautifully match your other teeth. She will fit you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth while the crown is being made, which generally takes about two weeks.

On the second visit, our dentists will thoroughly inspect the permanent crown to ensure the correct size, shape, and color. She will then remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown into place, again checking to be sure that fit, bite, and aesthetics are correct. You will be given care instructions to ensure that your crown lasts a very long time. With proper care, dental crowns can last 10-20 years or even a lifetime!

Dentist Northwest Dallas | Forrest Lane Dental