Dental Crowns in West Austin TX
If you have a damaged tooth that is healthy enough for Dr. Jaeckle to save, but that cannot stand on its own, you may need a dental crown. In addition, you may choose a crown as cosmetic treatment to cover a tooth that requires greater aesthetic improvement than porcelain veneers or teeth whitening can offer. Whether you have a large cavity or require a root canal treatment, at Patrick M. Jaeckle, DDS, our crowns offer a beautiful, natural finish.
What Are Crowns?
Crowns are prosthetic, hollow, artificial teeth composed of porcelain. They are often referred to as “caps” because they cover your existing tooth. Because Dr. Jaeckle is a metal free dentist, we only offer metal-free crowns. You may remember seeing someone with a metal crown or a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown – these types of crowns can greatly take away from a uniform, white smile. Look over the following types of crowns we use at our Bee Cave and Austin practice for a clearer understanding of your options:
- All Ceramic Crowns: These crowns are composed of porcelain. Much like your natural teeth, a ceramic crown is made of several layers of translucent material. We will most often place ceramic crowns for your front teeth for their natural, beautiful appearance.
- Zirconia Crowns: Zirconia crowns are crafted of solid zirconia. Much like all-ceramic crowns, they appear translucent and offer a beautiful natural finish. Rather than relying on metal for back teeth, we will use zirconia crowns. They are prized not only for their realistic appearance, but also for their incredible durability.
What Are the Benefits of Crowns?
Crowns act to restore the function and beauty of your damaged tooth. You may require a crown for a wide variety of reasons. In addition, crowns typically make up the “teeth” in your bridge or as the restoration to your dental implant. However, if your dentist has informed you that you need a crown due to a damaged but salvageable tooth, you can likely expect one or more of the following benefits to apply:
- Your crown will protect and restore your tooth after a root canal treatment
- The dental crown will save a tooth that has a cavity too large for a filling, but that does not require an extraction
- If you experience a trauma, such as a hard impact that breaks your tooth, a dental crown can protect your remaining natural tooth beneath
- Crowns will allow you to return to comfortable chewing, eating, and will complete your beautiful smile
Am I A Good Candidate?
If you suffer a damaged tooth but Dr. Jaeckle deems your tooth healthy enough to avoid an extraction, you will most likely make a wonderful candidate for a dental crown. However, if your tooth is severely infected and you require an extraction, you may need to discuss alternative solutions with Dr. Jaeckle, such as a bridge or dental implant to replace your missing tooth.