Melanie L. Throne, DDS, PA -  - General Family Dentist

Melanie L. Throne, DDS, PA

General Family Dentist located in Fort Worth, Texas

A crown is a very common dental procedure used to protect teeth and restore function. Usually made from ceramic, resin, or metal, a crown completely covers a damaged tooth. Melanie L. Throne, DDS, PA, in Fort Worth, Texas, regularly treats weakened teeth with dental crowns. If you have a tooth that’s suffered decay or damage, a crown can cover it to add strength and improve your oral health. Book online or call the office to schedule an appointment today.

Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cap that completely covers the visible part of your tooth. Crowns are molded to match the shape of your teeth and they can be made from resin, ceramic, or a variety of metals. 

Ceramic and resin crowns are typically tooth-colored, so they blend in with your natural teeth. This type of crown is best for front teeth exposed when you smile. Crowns made from metal alloys are extremely durable and are often a good choice for molars in the back of your mouth.

Crowns are permanently fixed inside your mouth with special cement. Most often, they’re used to strengthen a damaged or broken tooth. Dental crowns can also be used to hold dental bridgework in place or make cosmetic improvements. 

Why do I need a dental crown?

Dr. Throne may recommend a dental crown to treat severely weakened or damaged teeth. By getting a crown, you’re preventing further damage and saving your natural tooth. A crown can:

  • Strengthen a tooth with a large filling
  • Prevent a weak tooth from breaking
  • Protect a broken or worn-down tooth
  • Secure a dental bridge 
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or misshapen tooth

Cavities are an extremely common dental condition where plaque decays enamel and creates a hole in your tooth. Dr. Throne uses DEXIS CariVu™ to detect cracks and cavities, giving her the ability to treat damage as early as possible to prevent complications down the road. 

What is the procedure for getting a dental crown?

Getting a crown usually requires two office visits. During the first visit, Dr. Throne examines your tooth and prepares it for the crown. Your exam may include digital X-rays to evaluate the tooth. 

Dr. Throne gently files down the sides and top of the tooth to make room for the crown. If large pieces of the tooth are missing, she may reshape it with filling material. She takes an impression of the tooth and it’s this impression that’s used to create your custom crown. 

Once the crown is complete, you return to the office for it to be placed on your tooth. Dr. Throne checks the color, fit, and shape of the crown to ensure the perfect fit. She cements the crown in place and checks your bite. 

A dental crown can protect your tooth, eliminating pain and sensitivity from cavities and more. If you have a damaged tooth, make an appointment with Dr. Throne online or by phone.