Do you have teeth that are chipped, worn, stained, or have sustained damage due to mouth trauma or decay? Dr. Jack Fong in Amarillo, TX can provide you with dental crowns that give you back your appearance, as well as your ability to properly bite and chew. Dental crowns do far more than just make you look better – they can actually enable you to use your teeth longer by keeping them safe from any further damage.
Dental crowns can be made and installed fairly quickly, but will still usually require a couple of visits to our dentist office. On your first visit, Dr. Fong will do an examination to determine if crowns are the best choice for your dental restoration. On the second visit, the process of creating your crowns will begin. Dr. Fong will give you a local anesthetic so that you will not be in any discomfort, and then remove any decayed parts of your teeth. Finally, he will take impressions of your teeth. This is the most important part of the whole procedure because the impressions are what the dental lab will use to make sure that your crowns fit properly.
Now, if you are worried about having to go home with unsightly or painful breakage, don’t. Dr. Fong will make a temporary crown for you so that you will still be able to smile, and use your teeth in the way that they were meant to be used. The temporary crown will serve you well until your permanent crown is made and cemented in place.
When the crown is delivered, Dr. Fong will call you for another appointment. You will have an opportunity to examine the crown to be sure that it is the right color and shape, and once you are satisfied, Dr. Fong will cement it in place.
As long as you take good care of your crown, you can count on it to last for years, or even decades. You do not have to do anything special to care for your crown, either. Just make sure that you continue to maintain a good oral health regimen, with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups. You should avoid biting down hard or clenching your jaw and grinding, but then, these are things that you should avoid doing with natural teeth as well. Essentially, the only things that can harm your crowns are the same things that would harm your own teeth.
You might be surprised to know that one of the things that can be just as bad for crowns as natural teeth is decay. Not that decay will happen in the crown itself – crowns are not natural, and will not decay. But you still have living, organic material in your jaw and at your gum line. So, if you should develop gum disease, or decay in adjacent teeth, your crowns could fail. Therefore, good oral hygiene is still vital.
Dr. Jack Fong can give you back your smile with dental crowns, find out if you are a candidate. Call us at 806-353-8184 or book a consultation using the form on our contact page. We are located at 3131 Bell, Suite 207, Amarillo, TX 79106.