Do you have a damaged crown (the part of the tooth above the gum line) or desire to make some cosmetic improvements to your teeth in the “smile zone?” If so, your cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth will place a new crown for the former and offers porcelain veneers for the latter. Both processes usually take two steps to complete, but what happens in the interim? Will you be able to function as normal between the two appointments to complete the procedures, or will you have to endure inconveniences? Your local professional will weigh in with answers.
What is a Crown Restoration?
Made from ceramic that looks remarkably similar to your current teeth, a crown restoration is used to treat several issues, including tooth decay, structural damage and cosmetic flaws. In addition, it can be used to restore a tooth after a root canal procedure is done.
Typically a two-step procedure, this is how the process usually works:
- At the first visit, your dentist in Fort Worth will perform any corrective work that needs to be done, which includes performing a root canal procedure, if necessary. He will then create a mold of your teeth to be sent off to a lab that will custom-craft your permanent fixture. Until your new crown is ready, your dentist will fit you with a temporary fixture that will protect the affected area and allow you limited function in the interim.
- After the permanent fixture is fabricated, you will return to the office to have it placed. You will then be able to regain the function, appearance and life that you once knew.
How Does the Porcelain Veneers Process Work?
If you’re unhappy with chipped, slightly misaligned, gapped, crowded or stained teeth, porcelain veneers offer a cosmetic remedy. Crafted from ceramic, these thin shells are custom-made to match the color and shape of your teeth, accommodate your skin tone and shape of your face. These lifelike replicas of your teeth also require a two-step process to create.
Your dentist will first shave a small amount of enamel off your teeth so that he can adhere a temporary set of veneers while your permanent ones are crafted. This will lessen the sensitivity from the decreased enamel, and allow you to maintain limited function until your permanent porcelain veneers in Fort Worth are ready.
When your permanent set arrives, you will return to your dentist’s office to have them placed and will leave feeling like a completely new person!
Are you ready to restore and/or improve your smile? If so, then reach out to your local dentist to schedule an initial appointment today!
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch-Houston, Dr. John G. Boyd has amassed over 25 years of experience practicing dentistry. The only Fort Worth dentist to be an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also a graduate and teaching advisor at the L.D. Pankey Institute. Dr. Boyd practices at West 7th Smiles and can be reached for more information through his website.