Past dental work, deep stains and chips on one of the teeth in your smile, can sometimes be quite noticeable and could drive you to want to explore your options for improving your smile. Many people in a situation like this are interested in having Dr. Watkins restore the tooth with a crown.
A crown essentially replaces the enamel layer with an artificial material. While crowns can also be made from gold alloys and base metals, in most situations a tooth in your smile will call for using porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Since the porcelain material can be shaded, it will look just like a natural tooth.
The process begins by Dr. Watkins examining the tooth, to assess the health of the tooth to make sure it doesn’t require any direct treatment. This might also include taking some X-rays.
Your dentist will then form an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer, leaving a small amount behind to provide structure and protect the interior of the tooth. An impression will then be taken of the area, which is sent to a dental lab, where your crown is made. A temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it.
After the dental lab has completed your permanent crown, Dr. Watkins will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement the permanent crown in place.
If you have a tooth that needs cosmetic restoration and you would like to have it fit with a crown, please call us at 210-526-0925 in San Antonio, TX, to schedule an appointment.