Dental Crowns in Houston, TX

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What Are Dental Crowns?

At Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, our team is proud to offer the latest in high-quality dental restorations. Teeth that have moderate cavities, fractures, or other types of damage may not be likely candidates for a simple filling. Dental crowns (caps) are restorations that our experienced general dentist uses to rebuild damaged teeth to their former shape, size, and cosmetic appeal. As both restorative and cosmetic treatment solutions, crowns can bring health back to teeth located in the front or back of the mouth. We customize dental crowns of the highest quality materials to meet the individual needs and budget of Houston, TX patients, including porcelain fused to metal, ceramic Empress®, and full metal (such as gold). While crowns are placed on individual teeth to rebuild and restore health, these restorations may also be part of a full-mouth reconstruction treatment plan or used to protect root canal treated teeth and restore single dental implants. For more information on treating damaged teeth with dental crowns, get in touch with our full-service dental facility today.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

At Made Ya Smile, we understand that the dysfunction of missing or damaged teeth can cause patients to feel self-conscious. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown to fix a broken or damaged tooth. Crowning a tooth offers many benefits, including the following:

  • Increased comfort and simplicity of talking, eating, and expression
  • A simple, customized procedure that requires minimal downtime
  • Renewed function and appearance of teeth and smile
  • Long-lasting results that can last for several years

Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Covering teeth starting at the gumline, crowns protect moderately damaged teeth while bringing proper biting or chewing function and a natural appearance back to the smile. Our general dentist is highly skilled in customizing dental crowns to look and feel natural and blend evenly with surrounding teeth. Crowns are used to rebuild teeth to their former shape and size and are typically shaded to match the color of your tooth enamel. We may recommend dental crowns to treat:

  • Decayed or worn teeth
  • Cracked or fractured teeth
  • Misshapen or abnormally small teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Single dental implants (restore)
  • Root canal treated teeth

Dental crowns can be fabricated from several types of materials and are customized to match each patient's unique treatment needs, budget, and aesthetic preferences. During your crown consultation, we will review your options for material and help you decide the type best suited to bring health and an attractive appearance to your smile. We will also review the types of materials that may be ideal for certain areas of the mouth. Empress all-ceramic crowns may be an excellent option for treating teeth in the front of your mouth as this material offers a translucency and aesthetic appeal that rival natural teeth. Porcelain fused to metal crowns also bring a natural look to the teeth but offer greater strength and durability in areas that endure stronger biting forces, such as in the back of the mouth. All-metal (such as gold) may be ideal for those who tend to grind their teeth heavily. Whatever your needs or preferences may be, we look forward to helping you enjoy a healthy and confident smile.

How Is a Crown Placed?

Catering to your comfort is a top priority of ours here at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8. Though we have to create a warm and welcoming environment in which all patients can feel relaxed, we take special care to use a gentle touch when providing restorative care, like dental crowns. Sedation dentistry services may also be used to help you feel calm and at ease if you feel a little nervous about your procedure. Dental crowns are usually completed within two visits. At the first appointment, we numb your tooth and clear out the decayed or damaged portion. We will then build up the tooth structure with a strong material and capture an impression of the tooth for our lab to use when making your custom dental crown. To finish off the first visit, we will place a temporary crown over your tooth to allow for normal function and appearance. A week or two later when you permanent dental crowns arrive in our office, we will have you return and bond them into place. Your bite will be adjusted for comfort as needed and instructions on caring for your beautiful new crown will be given by our team.

After a Dental Crown Procedure

When you leave our office after your first visit, you should wait to eat until you no longer feel numb from the anesthetic. This can help minimize the risk of you inadvertently biting your lips, tongue, or cheeks and causing harm to your mouth. We will provide you will special instructions on how to clean around your temporary crown and what to do if it comes off. Tooth sensitivity and gum inflammation may occur following your crown prep procedure, but these symptoms can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and warm saltwater rinses. Get in touch with Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 right away if your temporary or permanent crown comes off or becomes dislodged. Please do not try to recement your restoration on your own. Doing so could result in the need for more extensive treatment. Caring for your new crown is just like that of your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing and routine dental visits. When you visit our practice for your biannual cleanings and exams, we will evaluate your new crowns to make sure it is still supporting the health of your smile.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?

Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is a participating provider for most major PPO dental insurance plans. To learn if your plan offers coverage for dental crowns for single tooth dental restoration, a member of our team will contact your provider and inquire about your coverage. We will work to help you maximize your insurance and will let you know of any personal costs. To help Houston, TX patients get the care needed for a healthy smile, our practice is pleased to accept several convenient payment options and can provide information on low-cost financing solutions through CareCredit®.

Dental Crowns FAQ

How long does it take for a dental tooth cap to settle?
It is normal to feel like your new dental crown feels bulky or awkward after your procedure, but it will pass once the crown settles. Dental crowns can be used for front teeth and back teeth; both will take approximately two weeks to settle.

How long do dental crowns last?
If you are maintaining proper oral hygiene, your dental tooth cap can last up to 15 years. However, if you notice that your ceramic cap has become damaged or cracked, contact our office so that we can assess your tooth.

When can I eat after a dental crown placement?
Our team recommends allowing your dental crown to settle with as little outside disturbance as possible. To accomplish this, please try and wait at least an hour after your appointment before eating.

Custom Restorative Solutions

When teeth that are moderately decayed or damaged keep you from enjoying a healthy smile, turn to our practice Houston, TX patients trust for quality, personalized care. We use refined skill and technique to customize crowns according to the shape, size, shade, and material to best meet your cosmetic preferences and restorative needs. Crowns rebuild teeth to their former beauty and function and are made to look and feel like a natural part of your smile. Partner with Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 for your oral health needs and schedule a visit with our friendly team to learn about your options for dental crowns.

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