At Fulshear Dental, we always try to repair your teeth with the least amount of dental work possible. For relatively small cavities or chips, we can often use simple dental fillings. But, in some cases, your teeth may have more extensive damage and require a more “heavy-duty” kind of treatment. Dr. Fifadara and our staff want to help you have a healthy smile for as long as possible, and by restoring your teeth with dental crowns, we can.
You may have heard a dental crown referred to as a “cap” because it fits over the entire visible portion of a tooth (called a tooth’s “crown”). They can be made of different materials, depending on your needs, and are often tooth-colored. These materials are precisely matched to your existing teeth to blend in perfectly.
Also, your dental crown itself will be custom-made in a high-quality dental lab to our exact specifications. When we cement the crown into place, it will fit snugly over your tooth so that it feels natural.
Generally speaking, we recommend a dental crown when a tooth has been so badly damaged that there isn’t enough remaining structure left to support a filling. There are multiple types of damage that may indicate the need for a crown, including:
You’ll see Dr. Fifadara for two appointments, spaced about two weeks apart. Here’s what the procedure includes:
All of your teeth are incredibly valuable for your current and long-term oral health, so we always recommend saving them whenever possible. One of the biggest benefits of a dental crown is that it saves a damaged tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted.
With the outstanding strength and longevity of a dental crown, you can continue using your tooth for many years. In fact, dental crowns can last 15-20 years with proper care. And, in addition to providing strength and function, a crown also looks great and enhances the appearance of your smile as well.
If you have any questions or think you may have damaged teeth that could benefit from dental crowns, don’t hesitate to contact us!