When you have a very large filling compromising your natural tooth structure and strength, your dentist uses a crown to save and support the tooth. Other reasons for dental crowns include root canal therapy, a root canal with a large filling, or to improve your tooth’s appearance. Dental crowns actually help your dentist restore your tooth for years of continued biting, chewing, and smiling.
Why Do I Need Dental Crowns?
Whether you need one or several dental crowns, have no fear. These caps fit nicely over your tooth to restore its size, shape, strength, and appearance. With crowns, you can eat as you normally would without damaging your natural tooth structure. In fact, a crown works for a tooth much like a football helmet works for a player.
Beyond how one tooth performs and looks, crowns also restore your mouth structure. They help you maintain a healthy bite and prevent shifting of teeth into a gap left by an extraction. Through these benefits, your restoration also helps your face maintain its shape, while the cap looks just like your natural teeth.
Common reasons for dental crowns include:
- Excessively large cavity in a tooth
- Cracked, worn, or weakened tooth
- A vulnerable tooth after root canal therapy
- Smile improvement to cover discoloration or poor tooth shape
When you need to improve a tooth’s appearance, crowns work best for molars. Sometimes you suffer this type of damage or staining on front-facing teeth. For those teeth, dental veneers provide another resurfacing option. Instead of covering your entire tooth, a veneer covers only the front, visible surface.
Materials and Functioning of Crowns
Lovett Dental provides dentistry services and several types of crowns for patients in Baytown and from throughout the Houston, TX area. These materials include metal alloys, ceramics, metal-fused porcelain, porcelain or composite resin. Some crown materials blend in with your natural teeth.
Your dentist helps you decide on the right material for your specific needs. Strength, functioning, cost, gum tissue positioning, location of the tooth and desired appearance all play a role in the selection of your crown material.
Once we cement your permanent crown into place, it protects your tooth and holds it together. Crowns are strong and durable. They function just like normal teeth for chewing and other trauma. In fact, once the dentist places your crown, you easily accept it as a part of your natural tooth.
Do I Need a Crown or Another Type of Dental Restoration?
Only your dentist can tell you if you need a crown or another type of restoration. But we examine your teeth and use advanced dental technologies to fully understand your best options. He then helps you make informed choices for your treatment plan.
Lovett Dental offers a range of dental services to patients in Baytown, including:
Thanks to a technologically advanced office and the latest dentistry equipment, we can also provide the option of same-day crowns. This means you do not wait for your crown to arrive from a dental lab. Instead, the whole process takes only one appointment. This provides a quick fix for teeth needing visual improvement or restoration without the wait.
Whether you need dental crowns or other dentistry, schedule your first visit at Lovett Dental Baytown. Our caring team takes their time with each patient to get things right the first time. Contact Lovett Dental Baytown today by calling 281-838-8400 to schedule an appointment.