Porcelain Crown Houston TX
In dentistry, the crown is known as a cap that restores the function of damaged, discolored teeth and teeth that have had a root canal procedure. It also aids in the cases of cavities that are too large to be filled. Crowns help restore normal tooth functions like size, shape, strength, and appearance. Crowns can be cared for by using a good oral care routine. Our dentist in Houston, Frank Dunlap, DDS, will guide your decision by letting you know whether you need a crown or not.
Why Do You Need a Crown?
There are various reasons for getting a crown. You may have a cavity that is too large to be simply filled; in this case, a crown may help keep the filling in place. You may have tooth discoloration, or you recently had a root canal procedure, where the placement of a crown is a crucial step. Another reason for needing a crown may be a cracked or chipped tooth. It can also help to hold dental bridges in place and is important in covering a cosmetic modification or a dental implant.
Types of Dental Crowns
Depending on the patient’s choice and our experts’ recommendation, there are quite a few types of materials used to make a crown. They include stainless steel, metal, all-resin, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic, or all-porcelain. A tooth’s location, function, color, and position of the gum tissue play an important role in selecting the material for the crown.
Crown Placement Procedure
First, an x-ray may be taken to examine the overall situation and the condition of the surrounding bone and the root of a tooth. If there is a sign of infection spotted on the x-ray, a root canal procedure is performed first. If a tooth is damaged or decayed badly, a filling procedure is recommended before crown placement.
The process then starts by shaping and paring the damaged tooth by our Houston dentist. After modification of the tooth for the crown placement, an impression of the tooth is taken for making the crown. The tooth is then topped by a temporary acrylic crown while the permanent crown is being made. While the temporary crown is in place, the patient is asked to avoid things like sticky, hard, and chewy foods, and to avoid using the side with the crown by shifting the chewing load to the other side of the mouth.
The permanent crown is created within two weeks. After two weeks, the patient’s temporary crown is replaced by the permanent crown, and it is secured in place.
Signs to Get a Replacement
Discomfort and sensitivity in the area around the crown is a common condition for almost everyone and decreases with time as you get used to the crown. If the crown becomes loose or falls off or if an allergic reaction occurs, it is cause for an immediate call for a visit to our office.
Life Expectancy of a Crown
Usually, a crown lasts for almost 15 years, but its life span is also dependent on the amount of wear and tear. In accidental situations, a crown might acquire damage and need to be replaced.
Schedule an Appointment for Crowns
Placement of a crown has proved to be helpful to many people affected with tooth decay or damage and helps restore the normal function of the tooth. For more information on crowns, feel free to contact our team, Frank Dunlap, DDS, at (346) 576-4411.
Frank Dunlap, DDS
Dr. Frank Dunlap
11451 Katy Freeway, Suite 103
Houston, TX 77079