If you have a damaged tooth, one way to improve its appearance (and the appearance of your smile overall) is with a porcelain crown. A crown is also known as a cap, as it completely covers a tooth to change its color, size, or shape. Your Houston, TX dentistry in 77057, Dental Art, can help you improve the look of your smile.
Crowns have many uses. They can be used to:
The procedure to place a crown usually requires two visits to the dentist near 77057. During the first, the area around the tooth to be treated will be numbed. The tooth receiving the crown will be cleaned of decay, then filed down to allow room for the crown. An impression will then be made of the tooth, which will be sent to a dental lab where the crown will be made. You will be fit with a temporary crown until the permanent one is finished.
When you return to the dentist in 77057, the temporary crown will be removed and replaced with the permanent one. Your dentist will check the fit and color, making adjustments as needed. Once a proper fit has been reached, the tooth will be cleaned, a local anesthetic will be applied to the tooth, and the crown will be permanently cemented into place.
With proper care, dental crowns can last 5 to 15 years.