Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Dental crowns are placed like a little cap on top of a tooth.  Crowns are used to protect teeth that are cracked, chipped, stained or so decayed that a filling wouldn’t restore the tooth up to strength.  Your dentist can tell you if a cap is the right solution for a decayed or damaged tooth.

When you need a crown, it can typically be completed within three appointments. First, your dentist will drill out any remaining decay and may need to perform minor contouring the existing tooth to ensure the crown will fit perfectly over it.  An impression is then taken of the tooth to use as a mold for the crown, and the crown is manufactured in a dental lab. Your dentist may have temporary crowns available to wear while you wait for your custom crown.

On your final visit, the crown is bonded over the top of the tooth and should blend in with the surrounding teeth. Once the crown is placed it should be cared for like your own tooth. If you think anyone in your family would benefit from a dental crown please contact us.

Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit and fill out a contact form.

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