Dental Crowns in Houston TX

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns are prosthetic tooth covers, also known as caps. Dentists cover a compromised tooth with a crown to strengthen and restore its original size, shape, or color. Crowns function just as a natural tooth would. Crowns are available in various materials like ceramic, porcelain-veneered zirconia, gold alloy, silver alloy. With proper dental care and typical oral hygiene, crowns can last a lifetime.

Post root canal, a tooth tends to become brittle and is more likely to fracture, so dentists will install a crown to protect the tooth.

To place a crown, your dentist must reduce 1-2 mm of the tooth to make room for it. Your dentist will then use a thread or a laser to push the gum down around the tooth to take an impression of the tooth. The dentist sends the dental impression to a lab where the crown is made. During that time, you will have a temporary crown. Temporary crowns are usually made of plastic and are placed in your dentist's office on the day of your visit. Temporary crowns are not meant to last. If a temporary crown is left in the mouth, the cement eventually washes out, and the tooth can decay. At a second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent one. Sometimes crowns need additional polishing, glaze, or some other adjustment before they are placed. Once the crown is ready, it's cemented to your tooth.

Crown Aesthetics

If your smile needs a makeover, crowns can provide predictable results. Crowns can revive an unattractive tooth by restoring its natural shape and color. For smaller or worn down teeth, a crown can rebuild the size and proportions. For makeovers requiring only the areas visible from the outside, a dental veneer may be an alternative option.

Full Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain Crowns are very aesthetic crowns. They are mostly used for front teeth because they are the most natural looking type of crown and are often used in cosmetic dentistry.

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There are many types, but they all have a common feature - no metal. They can occasionally break, but dental technology has advanced far enough to make them quite strong.

Gold Crown

Responsive image Gold crowns made of dental gold are about 60% gold alloy designed to match the hardness of the enamel of opposing teeth, so both the teeth and crown wear evenly - a vital trait. Gold does not tarnish or deteriorate and has some bacterial inhibiting quality. Gold crowns are strong and will not break. However, gold crowns are not considered aesthetic; they are gold-colored. Usually, gold crowns are used for lower back molars because they aren't as noticeable.

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