Dental crowns bring back your smile by filling in the gaps caused by broken or damaged teeth. As a dentist with more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Euclid McLeod Jr., DDS, in Georgetown, Texas, carefully crafts crowns to fill both aesthetic and functional purposes. If you’re in need of a crown, call Dr. McLeod’s office or use the online booking agent to schedule a consultation.
A crown is a prosthetic that restores your tooth back to its usual shape, strength, and function. Reasons you may need a crown include:
A deep cavity that can’t be restored with a filling may also require a crown.
The material used to make your crown determines its type, and there are four different options, including:
Dr. McLeod works with you to determine which crown type works best for you. Most of Dr. McLeod’s patients prefer ceramic or porcelain crowns because they look more like your natural tooth, and they’re very strong.
No matter which crown you choose, they’re all highly durable and can last many years with proper care.
Crown placement may require a few visits to Dr. McLeod. After the initial consultation — where it’s determined if a crown is your best option — Dr. McLeod files your tooth to the proper size to hold the crown. If your tooth is too damaged to securely hold a crown, he may need to fill the tooth to create a post.
Once properly prepared, Dr. McLeod makes a mold of your tooth, which he uses to create your permanent crown. Before you leave, he places a temporary crown over the post for protection and comfort.
At the next visit, Dr. McLeod removes your temporary crown and uses a special dental adhesive to secure your permanent crown in place.
It may take you a few days to get used to your crown and your new bite, but you shouldn’t feel any pain after it’s placed.
To ensure longevity, treat your crown as you would all your other teeth — continue to brush and floss at least twice a day. It’s also important to follow-up with Dr. McLeod as scheduled so he can keep an eye on your crown and all of your other teeth.
If you’re concerned about your teeth or know you need a crown, call the office or book an appointment online.