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The Many Roles of a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are one of today’s dentistry’s most flexible tools to maintain your long-term oral and dental health. At Russell Family Dentistry,  Louis Russell Jr., DDS provides crowns for new and existing patients in the Tomball, Texas area. Here are just some of the reasons Dr. Russell might recommend that you get a crown put in place this spring.

How can a crown help?

Dental crowns provide support and protection to teeth that have been damaged by decay or other reasons. If you have a tooth that’s been significantly eroded by tooth decay, or a cracked or broken tooth, a crown can help prevent tooth loss.

Your dental crown is shaped like the top of your natural teeth. We secure crowns on top of damaged, decaying, or weakened teeth. The crown covers and protects the at-risk tooth. Crowns preserve at-risk teeth, while letting you keep biting, chewing, and using your mouth normally. Your crowns will blend in with your natural teeth for a seamless, natural-looking appearance.

You might need a crown if you:

Dr. Russell also uses crowns to attach dental implants and dental bridges.

Single-appointment crown installation

Many practices need you to schedule two appointments to get a crown secured in place. At Russell Family Dentistry, we use the CEREC® technology to manufacture your custom dental crowns on-site, saving you time and eliminating the need for multiple appointments to get your permanent crown secured in place.

After reviewing your dental health history and checking your oral condition with an exam and X-rays, Dr. Russell prepares your tooth for its crown. Once your tooth has been carefully reduced in size to make room for your crown, Dr. Russell uses an intraoral scanner to get an exact digital impression of your tooth.

The CEREC milling machine produces your custom ceramic crown, made to match the shade of your other teeth. When your crown is ready. Dr. Russell securely bonds it in place. Crowns are permanent, and will need a dentist to remove.

Long-lasting dental support

With good care, crowns can provide lasting support to your existing natural teeth. Crowns can last for 12-15 years or more. You need to provide the same type of care for a crown that you do for your natural teeth: brush twice a day and floss regularly.

For more information about how a dental crown could safeguard your dental health this spring, talk to the experts at Russell Family Dentistry. You can schedule an appointment by giving us a call today, or book your session online. You’re in good hands with Dr. Russell.

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