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Porcelain Dental Crowns

porcelain dental crownsPorcelain dental crowns, tooth-colored caps that completely cover teeth, are useful for permanently hiding flawed or damaged teeth. Although crowns may be made of other materials, such as gold, crowns made of porcelain look lifelike and are often used in the front of the mouth as a result. This procedure may be recommended by our Houston dental crowns expert for patients who have suffered discoloration, physical trauma, or tooth decay to the extent that other treatments may be less effective. Crowns are also commonly placed over dental implants as permanent alternatives to removable dentures.

Porcelain crowns carry several advantages related to their strength, appearance, and versatility. With proper care, dental crowns can last for up to 15 years. Although porcelain naturally offers a bright appearance, our Houston porcelain crowns expert can tint it to better match the color of teeth in each patient. In addition to their cosmetic value for concealing flaws of color or structure, crowns work well for restoring damaged teeth or preventing future problems in teeth that are vulnerable. For example, tooth decay that is too severe to be resolved with a standard filling may be better addressed with a combination of a root canal and a porcelain crown. Over time, the treated tooth is guarded by the porcelain crown against bacterial infiltration and damage from chewing.

Porcelain Dental Crowns Houston

Porcelain crowns are generally placed in a series of appointments. During the first appointment, our expert in dental crowns in Houston takes dental impressions for use in making the new crowns. In the same visit, our dentist also prepares the teeth by removing some enamel and placing temporary crowns for protection. At the following appointment, our dentist verifies the fit and appearance of the permanent crowns before bonding them in place with dental resin.

Like natural teeth, porcelain crowns benefit from daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups from our expert in porcelain crowns in Houston. Avoidance of very sticky, hard, or pigmented foods can also help maintain the look of porcelain crowns. By scheduling a consultation with our Houston cosmetic dentist, patients can learn more about porcelain crowns, their benefits, and their care.