Dental Crowns (Ceramic & Porcelain)

What is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are restorations that help to cover compromised or damaged teeth.

Teeth that have broken, cracked or that have large fillings may benefit from a dental crown. We offer both porcelain and ceramic crowns to create a realistic and long-lasting look. Most crowns can last for years and even decades before replacement is recommended.

Dr patel, a dentist in Alvarado, talking with a patient about dental treatments

Why is a Dental Crown needed?

The most common reason for needing a crown is because a tooth has been damaged. This might be caused by a tooth breaking or cracking, or it might be because a tooth has an exceptionally large dental filling in it that’s compromising the tooth. Most teeth that have had a root canal done will eventually need to be crowned, since the tooth is more vulnerable to cracking and breaking. Crowns are custom-made for each patient, so they always fit well and feel comfortable.

Who is a good candidate for a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are ideal for all adult patients in need of restorative treatment. We will perform an examination to determine if and when a crown might be needed. We offer both ceramic and porcelain crowns that are ideal for any tooth in the mouth. For patients with older crowns, they may need to have them replaced over time as they begin to show signs of wear.

What can you expect with the Dental Crown procedure?

illustration of how dental crowns work and what a dental crown looks like

The tooth is filed down to make room for the new crown. Impressions are taken to make both a temporary and permanent crown.

Your second appointment involves placing the actual permanent crown. It’ll be smoothed and filed down to improve its fit and feel. Your new crown can be treated like any other tooth in your mouth. It’ll improve the look of your smile as well as overall functioning. This can make it easier to chew and eat your favorite foods without broken, sharp and damaged teeth getting in your way.

If you think you might need or want a new dental crown, call our office today and we can help in creating a perfect smile.