Patients who have damaged the structure of a tooth because of injury or decay should visit our dentist to have it capped with a dental crown. When Dr. Greg Atwood encases a tooth with this restoration, then you will benefit from a stronger, healthier smile. Contact us at Atwood Family Dental if you want to receive a dental crown in Odessa, Texas.
Crowns are used as a way of restoring teeth that have been badly damaged due to decay, fracture, or severe wear. Sometimes teeth with large fillings develop cracks or are otherwise susceptible to fracture, and a crown will often be suggested to prevent the tooth from breaking. Crowns are always recommended after root canal treatment on the back teeth.
Crowns can be made from a number of materials, most commonly porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and gold. The process of placement involves two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared so the crown will fit over it, an impression or mold is taken, and a temporary crown is placed. The impression is then sent to the dental laboratory for fabrication. The final product is ready two to three weeks later. The second visit involves lifting off the temporary crown and placing the permanent restoration with a dental adhesive material which holds it strongly to the underlying tooth, allowing you to function as you would with a regular, healthy tooth.