Dental Crowns

Smiles Family Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & Family Dentists located in Arlington, Irving, & Flower Mound, TX

Dental crowns are one of the best contemporary solutions for replacing a missing tooth or restoring a tooth that’s suffered serious damage or decay. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have dental crowns in their mouths. At Smiles Family Dental, with three conveniently located offices in Arlington, Irving, and Flower Mound, Texas, the team of cutting-edge dentists uses CEREC® same-day crowns in their restorations, allowing you to get fitted with your crown in just one office visit. To learn more, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.

Dental Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth cap that’s placed over an existing root structure, such as a dental implant or your natural tooth root, in order to replace a missing tooth, reinforce a broken tooth, or protect a decayed tooth from further damage. Dental crowns are permanently bonded to your root structure, and are designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural tooth. This allows them to effectively restore both the aesthetic and structural elements of your smile with a seemingly natural replacement.

Why do I need a dental crown?

Many people choose to get a dental crown for aesthetic reasons, such as replacing a badly stained tooth or filling in a missing tooth so that they can smile with confidence. But there are also a number of non-cosmetic reasons to get a dental crown. Dental crowns can:

  • Replace a tooth with a significant amount of decay, essentially serving as an alternative to a very large filling
  • Restore function to a tooth that’s been significantly damaged or worn
  • Protect a weak or fractured tooth from further damage

Dental crowns are made out of strong and durable stain-resistant materials, making them a long-lasting and natural-looking replacement for any troublesome teeth.

How do I get a dental crown?

Traditional dental crowns require two appointments with your dentists, but the team at Sunrise Family Dental provides CEREC crowns for its patients, allowing you to get your crown fully placed in one office visit.

The first step in getting your crown is to prepare the tooth. Your dentist will numb your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic, then use a drill to shave down some of the enamel in order to make room for the crown to be placed over the top.

At this point, if you were getting a traditional crown, your dentist would take an impression of your tooth and send it off to a lab to be milled while you waited for weeks with a temporary crown. With CEREC crowns, your Sunrise Family Dental dentist takes a series of 3D pictures of your tooth using a tiny device called an intraoral camera and inputs them into a computer, where digital technology designs and mills a ceramic tooth that fits perfectly in your bite and looks just like your natural teeth. Once the dental crown is finished “printing,” your dentist glues it to your tooth, and you’re done!

To learn more about how the team at Sunrise Family Dental can improve your smile with a dental crown, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the simple online booking tool.