As our bodies grow older, our teeth age as well. Over time, trauma, decay, fillings, and even chewing can break down teeth. For those reasons, we offer dental crowns near you at AK Dentistry. Crowns are caps that cover the entire visible portion of a tooth. Our dentists in Houston, TX recommend crowns to protect weakened teeth and add aesthetic appeal. A custom-crafted crown can also repair an odd-shaped or discolored tooth. This type of restoration is usually made of metal, porcelain, composite resin, and porcelain fused to metal. Generally, porcelain is the most attractive choice because it resembles the appearance and color of natural enamel. We will discuss all of your options during your dental crown consultation.
In most cases, it takes two appointments to place a porcelain crown in Houston, TX. First, our dentists will prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of enamel. This step is necessary to ensure a proper fit. Then we will take a mouth impression and insert a temporary cap to safeguard the prepared tooth. The mold of the tooth is sent out to a dental lab. Here the final restoration will be custom-made for the patient.
Once the permanent crown is finished, we will schedule the second appointment. At this time, we will make sure the shape, color, and fit are perfect. If not, we make any necessary adjustments. Lastly, the crown will be cemented in place.
After we restore your smile with a sturdy crown, you may experience some discomfort or tooth sensitivity. Also, it is not uncommon for some patients to have mild pain when they bite or chew. Even more, if your restored tooth doesn't feel right or is too high, contact AK Dentistry.
As with all dental work, a new crown's longevity is determined partly by the materials' quality. Your oral hygiene practices, supporting tooth's health, and soft tissues also play a role. To keep your smile looking its best, eat a healthy balanced diet, keep up with proper dental care, and visit AK Dentistry for routine checkups.