If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, a dental crown from Dr. Ricardo Munoz can protect your tooth from further complications, restore its appearance, and ensure you feel proud about your smile once again. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started right away.
A dental crown is, essentially, a false tooth that’s built to fit over your existing tooth after it’s been trimmed. Your crown will completely cover up your remaining tooth structure, all the way down to your gum line.
Modern crowns are typically built out of durable, tooth-like ceramic materials, and are matched perfectly to the color of your surrounding teeth, providing a completely natural restoration.
Dental crowns are usually used to treat teeth that have been seriously damaged by an oral injury, teeth that have experienced severe decay, or infected teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy.
In some cases, crowns can also be used exclusively as a cosmetic treatment, but this is more rare, since alternatives like dental bonding and veneers are usually better for cosmetic issues.
Dental crowns are one of the most long-lasting dental treatments available today. While the lifespan of your dental crown does depend on the specifics of your own situation, most patients can expect a lifespan of between 10-20 years for a crown.
Premature crown loss is often caused by tooth decay, so it’s very important to maintain good oral hygiene habits if you want to maximize the lifespan of your dental crown. Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugar, brush twice a day, floss once a day, and make sure to see Dr. Munoz for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months.
No. The process of getting a dental crown is completely pain free. Some patients are worried that they will feel discomfort when their tooth is being trimmed to prepare for a crown, but you won’t feel a thing during the process. Dr. Munoz uses the latest numbing techniques to completely numb the treatment area and ensure you do not feel any pain or discomfort.
In addition, we offer sedation dentistry at our office. With laughing gas sedation from Dr. Munoz, you will be less likely to feel discomfort, and you’ll feel less anxious and scared about your treatment, which ensures that you can get your dental crown in comfort at our office in McAllen.
"I love being able to make a positive impact on my patients’ mood and self image."
– Dr. Muñoz