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Dental Crowns
in West Austin

Those who have a tooth with a fracture or substantial filling, or one that is damaged or has had a root canal, can benefit from a crown, which is a cap that surrounds the tooth.

Crowns are handcrafted in a laboratory and made from different types of materials. These restorations are made to match a patient’s smile perfectly in color, tooth shape, and bite. They’ll also look, feel, and function exactly like a person’s natural teeth. Crown materials include metal and ceramic. The type of material that is used depends on the particular situation.
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A crown can achieve the following:

  • Preserves and protects a severely damaged tooth
  • Restores a tooth to its normal shape, size, and function
  • Improves chewing and eating

Getting a crown is a 90-minute procedure. Before beginning, the area will be numbed, and Dr. Smith will spend about 15 minutes preparing the tooth. The rest of the appointment time is spent getting an impression and making a temporary crown. When the permanent crown is ready it will be placed.

Is getting a crown painful?


Not at all. As a local anesthetic is given to numb the tooth, most people likely won’t feel a thing and are invited to relax or listen to music on their phone as Dr. Smith carries out the treatment.
How long will the crown last?

It often depends on how the patient takes care of it. It’s important to refrain from chewing ice or hard foods as doing so could damage the crown.
How should someone care for their new crown?

They should brush their teeth twice a day and floss once daily, and come in every six months for regular hygiene visits/cleanings.
Does insurance pay for crown replacements?

Some insurances will pay for a replacement crown every five years, and some every 10 years.

Book an Appointment

Those who want to find out how a crown could help restore their smile can contact Carr & Smith Dental to schedule an appointment.


Dental Crowns West Austin, Northwest Hills, 78731 TX | (512) 345-0399