Dental Crowns in Bellaire, TX
If you have minor problems with a tooth, a dental crown could be the solution for you. Also called “caps” because they are placed to completely cover the tooth, crowns are effective at treating teeth for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. Tara Dental Group offers this procedure in Bellaire to help improve your smile.
What is a dental crown?
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including steel, metal, and ceramic. The type used will depend on your particular needs, but porcelain is commonly used because it is fairly durable and affordable.
Uses of a dental crown
A dental crown can be placed to:
- Protect a weak tooth that is in danger of breaking
- Hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- Restore a tooth that has already broken or is severely worn
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling
- Cover a misshapen or severely discolored tooth
- Change the appearance of a tooth
Crowns are also used to cover a tooth after a dental implant has been placed and following a root canal procedure, as well as to support a dental bridge.
It will take at least two visits to Tara Dental Group to have a crown placed. During your first visit, the tooth being treated will be prepared to receive the crown by being shaved down a small portion. This will create enough room for the crown to fit. Your tooth will first be numbed to minimize pain and discomfort during the procedure. The tooth will then have any decay removed and be cleaned. The tooth can also be built up using filling material if a large part of it is missing. Your dentist will then take an impression of the prepared tooth to send it to a dental laboratory. A temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth while the crown is being made.
You will return to Tara Dental Group to have your temporary crown removed and replaced with the permanent one. Your dentist will first check the fit and make adjustments as necessary. The crown will then be cemented permanently into place to restore your smile in Bellaire.