A custom-made dental crown may be the best way to restore the appearance and structure of a damaged or decayed tooth. Dr. Vlachakis will attach this tooth-shaped cap on top of your compromised tooth using dental cement. Made of advanced materials such as porcelain or zirconia, and custom-fabricated to match the appearance of your natural teeth, a dental crown can restore your smile and enhance the functionality of your bite. Thanks to Dr. Vlachakis’ artistic approach to restorative dentistry, your crown will be nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
What Are Dental Crowns?
After Dr. Vlachakis determines that a crown is the right treatment for you, she will carefully reshape your tooth to create a stable base for the restoration. Then she will make impressions of your tooth, and she will take a series of images using our digital x-rays and intraoral camera. She will send this data to a trusted dental lab, where technicians will create a crown to match the exact appearance and dimensions of your tooth. When the crown is finished, you will return for a second visit, and Dr. Vlachakis will make any necessary adjustments before applying the crown with advanced dental materials.
What Are Crowns Made of?
Dental crowns can be created from a range of materials. Your options include:
- Metal: Metal crowns are extremely durable, but they will not blend in with your surrounding teeth. However, for patients who are primarily concerned about the strength and longevity of their restorations, particularly their molars, metal crowns can be an excellent choice.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: These crowns have a metal base for durability but they are covered in porcelain to blend in with your teeth. Over time, however, the metal can begin to show through.
- All porcelain: Porcelain crowns are becoming increasingly popular, since they closely match your natural teeth. Porcelain comes in a wide range of shades, and Dr. Vlachakis can choose the color that most closely harmonizes with your smile.
- Zirconia: Zirconia is an advanced material that offers the durability of metal and the lifelike appearance of porcelain. In addition, this material is slightly translucent, meaning your crown will reflect light much like your natural teeth.
What Problems Can Crowns Address?
Crowns have a wide range of restorative functions, and in some cases they can also have cosmetic applications. Crowns can be used to:
- Protect cracked or chipped teeth
- Cover up large fillings
- Lend strength and stability to weakened teeth
- Mask severely stained teeth
- Change the shape of worn or irregular teeth
What Kind of Crown Do You Need?
With a wide range of options, we can design your dental crown according to your unique needs and preferences. To learn more, call Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.