Have a perfect shape and size smile with Dental Crowns in the Houston Area with Dr. Peters!
A Porcelain Dental Crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Dental Crown Before and After Pictures
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What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Dental Crown Procedure Testimonial
My family has used Peters Dental Associates for years. The staff is always friendly. I trust Dr. Peters to provide quality care and only recommend necessary procedures. There have been times when I’ve been told I have old fillings he wanted to watch that may eventually need to be replaced with crowns. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I was informed it was time for a crown. I’ve heard horror stories from people who have used other dentists that feel they were pressured into unnecessary procedures. I never fear that with Dr. Peters. He is a good Christian man who even prayed with me after one visit when I mentioned a family illness that had me concerned. I know he and his wife are very active in mission work as well.
– Jamie R.
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Dental Crown FAQs
What is a porcelain crown?
A crown covers the entire visible portion of the damaged tooth. They are also used as anchors (abutments) for bridges, placed on the teeth on each side of the gap. Crowns formerly were called “caps.” This was when they were usually made from gold alloy and they fit over your shaved down natural tooth, kind of like a cap. Our porcelain crowns are fabricated in right in our offices with our CEREC system. While some dentists use crowns made from various materials, Dr. Peters only provides porcelain crowns; he believes they provide the best combination of Bio-Compatibility, strength and appearance.
Who is an ideal candidate for a porcelain crown?
Porcelain crowns placed by the team at Peters Dental Associates are basically tooth savers. When a patient has a tooth with a previous filling that has new decay or other serious damage, the tooth may need to be extracted if left as is. If another filling is placed or the other filling expanded, for instance, the tooth will be too weak to use for chewing. Additional large fillings close to the pulp may lead to the need for root canal therapy. A crown covers the tooth and returns strength and function, without having to remove it and replace it with an implant. There is no age limit for a patient to receive a crown.
What problems can be addressed with a porcelain crown?
If one of your teeth has any of these issues, a porcelain crown would be the best answer:
- Teeth with very large fillings that comprise 50% or more of the tooth surface
- Chipped teeth
- Heavily decayed teeth
- Severely worn teeth (maybe from bruxism)
- Severely discolored teeth
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Teeth that have had a root canal therapy should always be crowned
Crowns also are used as the abutments on each side of a dental bridge.
What is the procedure for having a porcelain crown placed on a tooth?
Because we use the CEREC system at Peters Dental Associates, it takes just a single appointment to place a crown. Here’s how we do it.
Dr. Peters first needs to prepare your tooth. He removes any decay or damaged areas, and then the tooth is cleaned. Next, 1-2 mm of the tooth’s enamel is removed on all sides and on the top. Why? This is necessary to make room for the crown that will overlay the tooth. Once the tooth is shaved down, we take optical 3D images, measurements, and other data needed by the CEREC system. Dr. Peters designs your crown in the system software to match the natural tooth that would occupy that spot in your bite.
Your crown is then milled from a block of dental porcelain right in our offices. It only takes about 30 minutes. When it is finished, Dr. Peters checks your new crown for its color match with your adjacent teeth. Then he’ll check the fit, making minor adjustments as needed. Once you and he are both satisfied, he’ll permanently cement the crown onto your tooth and you’re done.
How long do they last?
As long as the underlying tooth remains healthy, your crown should last up to 20 years.
What is the difference between a porcelain crown and porcelain veneers?
Really the only similarity between these two items is the porcelain used to make them. Crowns are placed over a tooth, completely covering it all the way down to the gumline. The crown, in effect, becomes the tooth. Crowns are used to save a tooth that would probably otherwise need to be extracted because it has so much damage. Crowns are also the anchors for dental bridges, covering the healthy teeth on each side of the missing teeth that the bridge is replacing. Crowns can be used to cover a misshapen tooth for cosmetic reasons.
Porcelain veneers are strictly cosmetic. Veneers are thin porcelain shells applied to the front side of a tooth or teeth. Veneers cover flaws such as chips, deep stains, gaps between teeth, misshapen teeth, and the like. But veneers do not address underlying problems with a tooth in any way. If a tooth has decay or a deep crack a veneer cannot be placed on the tooth until the problem has been fixed first.
Is there a recovery period after getting a crown?
There isn’t any recovery. Thanks to our CEREC system, at Peters Dental Associates, we can remove the damage to your tooth, design your porcelain crown, mill it right in our offices, and place it all in a single appointment. When you leave our offices, you can immediately use your beautiful, strong, crowned tooth.