At University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas, we offer porcelain crowns to strengthen an impaired or compromised tooth and replace missing teeth. We use porcelain for our crowns as the material imitates the reflective qualities of a natural tooth and is remarkably strong and durable.
What Is a Porcelain Crown?
Crowns are tooth-shaped appliances that protect a tooth with extensive decay or other intrinsic problems like a chip, crack, or breakage. They help re-establish the function and appearance of a compromised tooth. In addition to impaired teeth, crowns can cover misshapen teeth or cover a dental implant. They also serve as anchors for dental bridges.
What Problems Can Porcelain Crowns Correct?
Many tooth imperfections can be corrected with the use of crowns, including:
- Teeth with overly large fillings
- Severely worn or chipped teeth
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Highly discolored teeth
- Teeth that have had a root canal done
- Support a bridge restoration
- Cover a dental implant
How Are Porcelain Crowns Placed?
The process for a porcelain crown placement requires two office visits. We will prepare the affected tooth during your first visit by removing the decayed or damaged areas. The tooth is meticulously cleaned and dried, and then to make room for the crown, we will scrape a portion of the tooth enamel. Following this, we will take impressions of the reshaped tooth and send them to our dental lab to fabricate your porcelain crown. We will ensure the shade of your new restoration matches your existing natural teeth. The fabrication process may take about a week, and in the meanwhile, we will place a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.
When your permanent crown is ready, we check the fit and color of your restoration. If necessary, we will make some minor adjustments to ensure the perfect fit. Then we bond the crown onto your tooth permanently.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
With proper care, your porcelain crowns can last a decade or more. However, their longevity will depend on the health of the underlying tooth structure and surrounding gums. This can be made possible with efficient home care hygiene.
Taking care of your porcelain crowns is pretty straightforward. It will help if you make sure to brush and floss your teeth and dental crowns at least twice a day and undertake regular dental exams and preventative teeth cleanings.
To learn more about dental crowns, visit our office, University Oaks Dental, at 6363 San Felipe St #200b, Houston, TX 77057. You can also reach us at (713) 461 8012 and schedule an appointment.