Dental crowns are a popular and versatile dental restoration often used at Peters Dental Associates to help patients restore and even strengthen their natural teeth. Also known as dental caps, dental crowns play an important role in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.
What is a dental crown?
The best way to describe a dental crown is as a cover for the visible portion of the tooth. This is why they are often called “caps,” as they are bonded over the tooth and provide proper coverage. This is done for several reasons. Below are a few examples of when a dentist may suggest a dental crown:
• Dental crowns can be used to offer extra protection to a tooth that may have been weakened by a large filling or root canal therapy.
• Dental crowns may be fabricated to cover a tooth that is permanently stained and discolored for aesthetic purposes.
• Dental crowns are utilized along with false teeth called pontics to create a restoration called a dental bridge, utilized for tooth loss.
• Dental crowns may be made to cover the abutment of a dental implant to act as a false tooth, replacing a lost or extracted tooth in the smile.
Because dental crowns are highly visible, they are fabricated in a way to ensure they look as natural as possible. Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. of Peters Dental Associates in Houston, TX will assess the patient’s smile to make sure that the new restoration matches the color, shape, and size of the existing teeth. This allows for proper integration into the smile that is difficult to discern as a dental restoration versus natural tooth structure.
How is a dental crown made?
Dental crowns are made at a dental laboratory by a ceramist with the use of impressions and specific instructions from the dentist for precision results!
Learn about dental crowns and more with Peters Dental Associates
Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. and his team of professionals in Houston, TX are pleased to provide patients with solutions for their smiles, which include the fabrication and placement of dental crowns. Contact his practice today by calling (281) 486-8061 and visiting the office located in Suite 100 at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard.