Crowns are essentially synthetic caps that are placed on top of damaged teeth. They are usually made of porcelain, but in the past, they have been made with many different materials.
Each crown is custom made to fit your tooth, they’re versatile and durable enough to last many years with proper placement and regular hygiene care. They’re lifelike and can help make your smile whole again, especially when you’re missing one or more of your teeth.
In restorative dentistry in Tomball, dental crowns play a pivotal role in:
- Sealing and protecting teeth following root canal therapy
- Covering a severely damaged or cracked tooth
- Acting as the top or cover to your dental implant post
Crowns can be used to fix a single tooth or more complex restorations including dental bridges. Dental crowns and bridges snap into place, created to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. All anyone will notice is your beautiful, whole, and healthy smile.
At your consultation, we will discuss your options and help you choose the best dental crown for your needs.
What is the Procedure Like?
Traditionally, the process of getting a dental crown requires two appointments spaced a week or two apart.
The treatment area will be given a local numbing anesthetic, once the anesthesia has taken effect then Dr.Samineni removes the decay and damaged tooth structure and create space for the dental crown, and a custom impression is made so that the crown can be made fit to the tooth. During this time a temporary crown is placed on the tooth until the permanent crown is crafted. Then the permanent crown can be glued on to the tooth.
How to Care for Your Dental Crowns
High-quality crowns should last a long time if you take proper care of them. We recommend flossing the area where the crown and natural tooth come together as plaque and debris can collect around the restoration.
Additionally, jaw clenching or bruxism also known as teeth grinding can shorten the lifespan of a crown. You also want to avoid biting and chewing on extremely hard items, such as ice or certain candies. This can negatively affect the adhesive of the crown and even damage it.