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By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What your dentist in McKinney wants you to knowroot canal

Dental crowns protect your teeth like no other restoration can. That’s because they form an armor-like shield on your tooth, protecting it from the strong biting forces when you chew. Dr. Kenneth Sharp at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX wants to share the facts about dental crowns and what they can do for you.

If you have a tooth that is badly broken or damaged, a large filling may not the best choice. A dental crown actually holds your tooth in one piece by covering the entire visible part of your tooth.

Today’s dental crowns protect your teeth and make them more cosmetically beautiful at the same time. Crown materials have become state-of-the-art and you have a variety of metals to consider:

  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal; combining the strength of metal with the beauty of porcelain
  • Full porcelain; this is the most aesthetically beautiful crown

Dental crowns typically require at least two appointments. The first appointment is the tooth preparation, during which Dr. Sharp will prepare your tooth to accommodate the thickness of the crown. He will create models of the prepared tooth and place a temporary crown on your tooth before you leave.

The models are sent off to a dental laboratory where skilled dental artisans create your new crown. This process may take one to two weeks, but you will have your temporary crown in the meantime.

Your finished new crown is sent back to Dr. Sharp and you will be scheduled to receive your crown. During your last appointment, the temporary crown will be taken off and your new permanent crown will be permanently cemented. Dr. Sharp will check your bite to ensure comfort and a perfect fit.

Dental crowns are an excellent way to protect your damaged teeth and ensure a beautiful smile for years to come. To find out more about why you can benefit from dental crowns, call Dr. Kenneth Sharp at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX today!


When most people think of root canals, they cringe because they think that the procedure is extremely painful. The truth is that a root canal procedure is really no more painful than having a cavity filled. The techniques used during root canal, along with the pain reduction options offered by most dentists, make a root canal a fairly pain-free and routine procedure.

What exactly is a root canal? The procedure removes the nerve and internal pulp of an infected or badly decayed tooth. Root canals are typically performed if the decay within a tooth becomes severe enough to cause damage to the pulp of the tooth or the nerve or there is an infection deep within the tooth, or abscess. The infection or abscess is the result of decay within the tooth that breaks down and forms bacteria. Once the nerve and pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned up and then sealed.

When a root canal procedure is recommended, the first thing that needs to be done is to take an x-ray so that the nerve, pulp and surrounding area can be clearly seen by the dentist. Once that is completed and the dentist knows the extent of the damage and what needs to be removed, the patient can undergo the root canal procedure. A local anesthetic is typically administered to avoid any pain during the procedure. A rubber dam is then placed around the tooth to keep it dry while the procedure is performed.

During the procedure, the root and pulp of the tooth is removed and then the interior of the tooth is cleaned out using root canal files. None of this hurts because an anesthetic has been administered. The tooth is then sealed. If the area of decay was extensive, it may be recommended that further restorative treatments be performed at a later time to keep the tooth strong and to avoid any future problems.

One of the reasons that root canals have gotten such a reputation for being so painful is due to the fact that there is typically a great deal of pain experienced in a tooth prior to the procedure, which is the reason the root canal is needed in the first place. The procedure itself should be relatively pain-free and patients should experience little or no discomfort following a root canal treatment.