High-Quality Dental Crowns in San Antonio, TX
When a tooth has incurred some damage or decay but is still relatively healthy and intact, a dental crown can be an excellent restorative option to ensure that the tooth is protected and looks just like the surrounding teeth. Crown procedures require the tooth to be carefully reshaped, after which impressions are taken, and a custom crown is designed. Once the custom crown is ready, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown can be placed. To learn more about our services or schedule your visit, please contact our office!Contact Us
What are dental crowns used for?
Dental crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes, restorative purposes, or both. Common reasons for receiving a dental crown include:
- Strengthening weak teeth
- Protecting worn-down teeth from further damage
- Holding damaged teeth together
- Covering a dental implant
- Covering misshapen or discolored teeth
Are dental crowns painful?
Dental crown treatments are not typically painful. A local anesthetic is always administered into the gums before the tooth is modified and the crown is placed to completely numb the teeth and gums. Patients will likely feel pressure on the tooth, but the local anesthetic removes any feeling of pain or discomfort. Once the numbness wears off, your tooth may feel a little sore, but it shouldn’t be anything that an over-the-counter pain reliever can’t relieve.
Are dental crowns better than bridges or veneers?
Dental crowns are not necessarily better than bridges or veneers, and there are certain cases in which it makes more sense to use a bridge or veneer over a dental crown. One of the benefits of dental crowns is that only one tooth needs to be modified per dental crown, unlike bridges, which require at least two teeth to be reshaped so that the bridge can fit over them. Veneers are often used to restore front teeth, while crowns are usually used for molars.
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