Dental Crowns – Texas City, TX
Give Your Pearly Whites the Protection They Deserve
Has one of your teeth become chipped to the point that it makes you self-conscious of your smile? Has it been hurting so much that chewing is now difficult? In both of these cases, our dentists may recommend a dental crown as the appropriate treatment. These custom-made restorations not only restore full function to your tooth, but they also flawlessly blend in with the rest of your smile. Please contact our office to find out more about how dental crowns in Texas City can give your pearly whites the protection they deserve!
Why Choose Stephen C. Hale, DDS for Dental Crowns?
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What Is a Dental Crown?
Essentially a tooth-shaped “cap,” a dental crown is designed to cover the section of a tooth that is visible above the gums. Once a crown has been placed, it will shield the tooth underneath it from damage that could result in decay, pain, or even the need for a tooth extraction.
While dental crowns have traditionally been made from metals like gold and silver, we typically use natural-looking materials like dental porcelain. Not only is porcelain nearly as durable as metal, but it can be color-matched to mimic the surrounding teeth. As a result, no one should even be able to tell that you’ve had dental work done!
Dental crowns are quite a versatile treatment. We may recommend them in order to:
- Protect a weakened tooth from further damage.
- Hold together a severely broken tooth.
- Repair a decayed tooth when a filling alone is not enough.
- Shield a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.
- Secure a dental bridge in place.
- Cover a single dental implant.
- Improve the appearance of a misshapen, short, or otherwise aesthetically flawed tooth.
The Dental Crown Process
Typically, two short appointments are all it takes to design, create, and place a dental crown. After determining that a crown is right for you with a consultation, your dentist in Texas City will prepare the tooth in question by gently reshaping the enamel. This step is necessary to ensure that the restoration fits comfortably within your smile. Next, we’ll take digital impressions of that area of your mouth. These impressions are used as the blueprint for your crown; while it’s being created, we’ll place a temporary crown to protect your tooth for a few weeks. When the final crown arrives at our office, you’ll return to make sure the crown looks and feels right before we cement it into place.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown
As strong as tooth enamel is, it cannot repair itself. Without adequate protection, a damaged tooth will continue to deteriorate until serious, invasive treatment is required. A dental crown is able to shield a vulnerable tooth from sustaining even more damage. You’ll be able to preserve more of your natural tooth structure for longer, eat without pain, and avoid the need for extensive (and expensive) dental procedures.
Additionally, with the right care, you can expect a dental crown to last for at least 10 to 15 years before it needs a replacement. During that time, other people shouldn’t be able to differentiate between your crowned tooth and the rest of your teeth; they’ll look exactly the same!
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