Dental Crowns in Spring Branch & Memorial, Houston, TX
One of the best options for the cosmetic correction of crooked or damaged teeth is dental crowns. A dental crown is a cap-shaped structure made of porcelain or resin composites, which rests over and covers the entire visible portion of a tooth. Dental crowns are offered at Lifeworks Dental for restoring the strength, esthetics, and function of broken down or crooked teeth.
Who can benefit from Dental Crowns at Lifeworks Dental?
Dental crowns can be used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Some of the clinical situations where dental crowns prove to be ideal are:
- Permanent Teeth Stains – in case of generalized teeth stains which cannot be removed through professional teeth whitening, porcelain crowns can be used to cosmetically restore the aesthetics of the affected teeth.
- Congenitally De-shaped Teeth – teeth which are congenitally irregular in shape not only present a cosmetic problem but they also compromise eating and speech efficiency. At Lifeworks Dental, our dentists Dr. Kini Tran and Dr. Kim Nguyen use porcelain to restore the function and aesthetics of such teeth.
- Dental Implant Crowns – dental crowns are also used for replacing a single missing tooth with dental implants.
- Following Root Canal Treatment – after a root canal procedure, teeth tend to become weak and brittle. To improve their strength, it is necessary to place a crown over them which restores their strength and function.
- Crooked or Fractured Teeth – fractured teeth must be restored immediately. If a tooth is excessively damaged, a filling will not be able to completely restore its strength. In these cases, crowns are used to restore the strength and shape of the teeth.
- To Support a Heavily Filled Tooth – heavily filled teeth are not strong enough to support chewing forces. Therefore, they must be reinforced by using dental crowns.
Complete Smile Makeover – for people who are not satisfied with their facial esthetics and smile, we can give them a complete smile makeover at Lifeworks Dental by using porcelain veneers and crowns.
What is the Procedure for Getting Dental Crowns?
Fabrication of dental crowns at Lifeworks Dental involves the following steps:
- Clinical Evaluation – Dr. Tran and Dr. Nguyen will ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for dental crowns by performing a detailed dental examination. They will also evaluate your study models and x-ray images, which will help them in creating a treatment plan which is customized according to your dental needs and esthetic requirements.
- Tooth preparation – for attaching the crown to the tooth, space needs to be made by removing a thin layer of the natural tooth structure. After tooth preparation, we will make an impression of your teeth and send it to the laboratory along with information regarding the size and color of your natural teeth.
Attaching the Crown – after receiving the prepared crown from the laboratory, we will first try it on the prepared tooth without permanent cementation. Once you and our dentists are satisfied with the fit and esthetics, the crown will be bonded to the tooth by using an adhesive cement.
What are Crowns Made of?
At Lifeworks Dental, we offer three different types of crowns:
- Metallic Crowns –these crowns are prepared from metal alloys, including gold crowns. Due to their excellent strength, they can be prepared in thin sections. However, they are not very popular among dental patients due to their unaesthetic metallic appearance.
- Porcelain Crowns – these cosmetic crowns are prepared from high-quality porcelain. These metal-free crowns possess excellent esthetics and are very popular among dental patients. Modern porcelain crowns are sufficiently strong and durable, provided they are looked after properly. In addition, they are also quite safe for use in the oral cavity and recommended for patients who may be allergic to metal alloys.
- Metal Fused to Porcelain Crowns – in these types of crowns, a layer of ceramic is attached over a metallic framework. These types of crowns possess the advantages of both the materials; esthetics of ceramics and excellent strength of metal alloys.
Taking Care of your Porcelain Crowns
You need to take care of the following things if you want your crowns to last for a long time:
- Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods – while biting on hard foods with your crowns may fracture them, sticky foods can result in their dislodgement. Therefore, such foods must be avoided when you are wearing dental crowns.
- Maintain Optimal Oral Hygiene – the longevity of dental crowns is directly dependent on oral hygiene maintenance. Failing to brush and floss your teeth regularly may result in the development of cavities around the margin of the crown and the tooth, which may ultimately result in the dislodgement/ failure of the crown.
- Regular Dental Visits – visiting us regularly for dental checkups at Lifeworks Dental will not only ensure that you maintain excellent dental and physical health, but we will also examine all your fillings, crowns, and other dental prosthesis, and make sure that they are in optimal condition.
A beautiful smile awaits you at Lifeworks Dental. Visit us today and drive away with the smile of your dreams with natural looking crowns.