Choosing A Crown That Can Provide Long-Term Bite Support

Your dental crown creates a cap around a tooth that requires protection. The presence of this restoration can help you keep a vulnerable tooth healthy from decay, and also stop it from suffering structural harm. In order to remain effective, your crown should be able to maintain its stability, shape, and overall condition even as it experiences regular pressures from biting and chewing. Your Houston, TX dentist’s office is ready to provide you with a dental crown that can offer long-term care for your tooth. Depending on what tooth is being treated, and its role in your bite function, we can recommend a material that is strong enough to withstand the forces we exert when we bite down. For teeth that are in more visible areas, we can also discuss materials that look good in your smile.

Your Teeth Can Face Different Demands When You Bite And Chew

The different teeth we possess have different parts to play when it comes to biting and chewing food. This is important to note when we are planning restorative dental care, as a restoration needs to be strong enough to handle the role formerly provided by the tooth it will protect. Your molars and premolars can face more pressure than your front teeth when you bite and chew, making the strength of crowns placed on these teeth particularly important.

Selecting The Right Material Type For Your Crown

For your back teeth, we may recommend a metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal restoration. These material types are remarkably strong, so you can put pressure on your back teeth without being alarmed that you might damage the crown. While porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be more lifelike than the metal alternative, both can be less than ideal when it comes to cosmetic concerns. We do offer porcelain and zirconia crowns, which are strong enough to protect your front teeth and remarkably lifelike. If strength and appearance are both priorities, zirconia crowns can provide more functional support.

Is It Always Necessary To Place A Crown On A Vulnerable Tooth?

If a problem is caught in time, it may be possible to restore a tooth with a dental filling instead of a crown. Dental fillings are placed directly in a space where decay formed, and they can bond with the surrounding healthy enamel. For teeth that are physically damaged, we may be able to provide cosmetic dental work to restore them. This work does not provide functional support, but if that support is not needed this approach can minimize changes to your tooth structure.

Talk To Your Houston, TX Dentist About Receiving A Dental Crown

Our Houston, TX dentist’s office is ready to restore your smile with a custom dental crown! With the right crown in place, you can find it easy to bite and chew without discomfort. To find out more, please call Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494.

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