Do you have damaged teeth? Are your teeth worn or discolored? Try dental crowns at Katy Smile Design in Katy, TX. Dr. Catherine Wilder and Dr. Lauren Shepard offer tooth crowns as a restorative dental service. Dental crowns can protect teeth after root canals, close gaps between teeth, or restore missing teeth with dental implants. They can also strengthen anchor teeth for dental bridges, cover stained teeth, or repair chips and cracks in the tooth enamel.
Dental Crown Treatment
To begin treatment, we etch the tooth enamel to ensure that the tooth surface is prepared for the dental crowns. Then we take digital impressions of the teeth that are sent to a local dental lab. The dental lab will fabricate the crowns according to these specifications.
While the crowns are being created, will provide you with a temporary tooth cap while the permanent crown is being made at a dental laboratory. Typically made of plastic, this temporary dental crown is sealed to the tooth. Once the crowns are complete, we will double-check their fit, shape, and color.We will also make any minor adjustments if needed before we permanently bond the dental crown to the tooth.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are similar to dental fillings and crowns but cover different areas of the teeth. Onlays are often called partial crowns because they cover the cusps, or raised sides of teeth. Inlays fill in the area between the tooth cusps. Both inlays and onlays are made of porcelain ceramic. They blend in with natural teeth and add strength to the surface of treated teeth.
Dental Crown FAQs
Learn more about dental crown treatment:
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Even if you have missing or infected teeth, you can receive dental crowns. Our office provides treatment for gum disease before restorative and cosmetic treatments to ensure the best result. If you have missing teeth, dental crowns are used to cap off dental implants as well as implant-secured dentures and dental bridges.
How do I care for my dental crowns?
Dental crowns can be cleaned and maintained just like natural teeth. For a long-term result, schedule routine dental cleanings and examinations. Our porcelain crowns are highly stain-resistant and will look bright if they are cleaned every day.
Is the dental crown treatment painful?
We always use a local anesthetic to numb the mouth during dental crown treatment. Dental sedation may also be used for fearful or anxious patients. When recovering, patients may feel temporary tooth sensitivity and gum soreness.
Can teeth get infected beneath a dental crown?
Dental crowns that do not fit properly are more prone to infection and decay. Plaque, a sticky substance made of harmful bacteria, can build up underneath a dental crown and infect the tooth underneath. Call our office if you have an old or broken crown. We can fit you with a new crown that fully protects the tooth.
Dental Crowns and Other Procedures in Katy, TX
Katy Smile Design offers dental crown procedures and other restorative dental treatments to patients in Katy, TX. Our practice also specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry, including laser treatment options. To schedule an appointment with our team, contact us online or reach our office by phone at 281-843-9814.