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Dental Crown Katy TX

Do you have damaged teeth? Are your teeth worn or discolored? Try dental crowns at Katy Smile Design in Katy, TX. Drs. Catherine Wilder and 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 in Katy, Texas

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 sent to a local dental lab. The dental lab will fabricate the crowns according to these specifications.

While the crowns are being created, we 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. We use them when we need something that fits “just right” in the area. They’re like a step in between fillings and full crowns. If you have more damaged structure than a filling can handle and still be stable but don’t have enough to grind down and prepare a tooth for a crown fully, we recommend using an inlay or an onlay.

Inlays fill in the area between the cusps of the tooth. Onlays can fill in this area and take care of the cusps. They’re able to take on a larger surface area than an inlay. They don’t cover the entire surface of the tooth like crowns do, but they cover more than a filling is capable of. They’re made of the same materials and provide a strong restoration for your tooth.

The Versatility of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are one of the most important tools a dentist has. They’re able to treat both cosmetic and restorative issues. They completely cover your tooth. Usually, professional teeth whitening treats discolored teeth. But not all discoloration responds to this. A dental crown can be any white shade covering the entire tooth. If you have a misshapen tooth, a crown can restore a good look and full functionality.

Crowns are known for stabilizing teeth. Root canal treatment involves scraping out infected material and filling the open space with a biocompatible material. Though it’s filled and sealed off, the tooth may not be completely stable. A dental crown ensures full functionality and helps to seal the tooth off from further infection.

Dental crowns also allow us to save your natural teeth. If you have a tooth that’s severely decayed, you may think it’s a lost cause and will need extraction. But a crown can stabilize teeth with extreme damage. Keeping the tooth root has many benefits for oral health, so we try to preserve it whenever possible. Dental crowns allow us to avoid extracting the tooth and needing a tooth replacement option.

Lastly, dental crowns are often the final restoration for dental implants and assist fixed bridges. Crowns are customized to match the shape, size, and color of the rest of your smile, making them a natural choice to top a dental implant. For fixed bridges, natural teeth may have to take on the stress of supporting the bridge. Dental crowns help to protect your natural teeth and allow the stress of the bridge to be placed on the crowns instead.

Dental Crown FAQs

Learn more about dental crown treatment:

Am I a candidate for dental crowns?

You can receive dental crowns even if you have missing or infected teeth. Our office treats gum disease before restorative and cosmetic treatments to ensure the best result. Dental crowns cap off dental implants, implant-secured dentures, and dental bridges if you have missing teeth.

How do I care for my dental crowns?

Dental crowns can be cleaned and maintained just like natural teeth. For long-term results, schedule routine dental cleanings and examinations. Our porcelain crowns are highly stain-resistant and will look bright if cleaned daily.

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 under the crown. 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.