About Dental Crowns
To heal and protect cracked teeth, yellowing enamel, substantial decay, and more concerns, dental crowns go over the whole tooth. At Lake Houston Dental Care in Humble, TX, crowns (also called caps) are sturdy, long-lasting covers that fit securely on top of the the tooth above the gumline for patients where dental decay is too big to be healed with a composite-resin filling or if the patient's tooth is cracked and requires a shield. Crowns may also be added to cover an off-color tooth as well as to increase the stability to a bridge. Crowns by our dentists at Lake Houston Dental Care may be ceramic, metal, or porcelain, based on the placement of the crown. The molar and premolar teeth generally need the added durability of metal, whereas the social teeth look more attractive with ceramic or porcelain crowns that are shaded to blend with the patient's natural teeth.
What to Expect
To craft a customized crown, our dentists initially prep the tooth by taking off a slim layer of enamel before taking dental X-rays and physical impressions of the tooth that will be delivered to a dental lab. A temporary cap will be placed over the tooth while the customized crown is being crafted. Once the customized crown is returned to Lake Houston Dental Care in Humble, TX, our dentists will expertly bond and fit the crown over the tooth. Our dentists can modify the cap for the best fit.
Some patients can have short-term soreness or heightened tooth sensitivity, however the majority of patients don't experience any discomfort once the cap is set. With correct at-home care and recommended dental examinations and cleanings, a dental crown can remain in place for at least ten years, based on the material and position of the cap. It is possible that a cavity or bacterial infection can build in the tooth under the crown, which usually requires a root canal therapy or another procedure.
When the dental crown is deemed a necessary procedure, dental insurance policies generally pay part of the expenses, so our office staff at Lake Houston Dental Care in Humble, TX will consult with the insurance company to calculate their coverage as well as the patient's personal expenses. Estimated expenses, payment methods, and financing options are accepted in our office in Humble, TX and can be explained at the patient's consultation with our dentists.
Plan Your Procedure
Strengthen and Protect
A dental cap is placed to shield a cracked or decayed tooth, or to mask a cosmetic flaw. To improve the look or strength of a tooth, schedule an appointment with our dentists at Lake Houston Dental Care in Humble, TX and decide if a crown is a good solution for your needs and concerns.