Dental Crowns – Humble, TX
Restoring the Strength and Beauty of Your Smile
At Progressive Dental Group, Drs. Cabrera and Vargas focus on prevention to keep your teeth healthy and avoid problems like cavities as much as possible. But, despite our best efforts, sometimes teeth need a little extra care beyond simple dental fillings to continue looking and functioning their best. In these cases, dental crowns are a wonderful type of restoration that can repair extensive damage and help your smile look and feel great for many years to come. If you think you could benefit from a dental crown, call us to schedule a consultation and we’ll create the perfect treatment plan for you!
Why Choose Progressive Dental Group For Dental Crowns?
- High-Quality, Beautiful Restorations That Look Natural
- Friendly & Experienced Dentists and Staff
- Strong, Long-Lasting Materials Used For Every Custom Crown
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a kind of “cap” that is cemented over the visible part of an existing tooth (this part of the tooth is called the crown). It restores the strength, shape, and appearance of a tooth and can be made of various materials such as porcelain, ceramic, gold or other metals, or zirconia. We’ll discuss your needs and cosmetic goals before recommending the best choice for you.
When Are Dental Crowns Necessary?
When a tooth has sustained damage, Dr. Cabrera and Dr. Vargas start by assessing how much of its structure is healthy versus how much is damaged. If a lot of the original tooth structure remains, meaning the damage is fairly minor, we can often repair it with a dental filling. But when damage is more extensive and has destroyed more of the tooth, it can become quite weak. This is when a dental crown is necessary to “hold it together” and give it the strength it needs to function. Here are some examples:
- Large cavities – Large cavities destroy more than 50% of a tooth’s structure, leaving it too weak to support a filling.
- Chips or breaks– Over time, strong chewing, clenching, or grinding forces can cause small cracks and fractures in the enamel that result in broken or chipped teeth.
- A history of past dental work on one tooth – Each time a tooth is worked on, its initial strength becomes a bit more compromised. Eventually, a tooth that’s been filled too many times simply can’t support another filling.
What Is the Procedure Like?
A crown procedure is done in two appointments, usually 1-2 weeks apart. Here’s what you can expect:
- We want to make sure your procedure is comfortable and stress-free, so we’ll gently numb the area before “prepping” your tooth. This involves reducing its size to make room for the crown to make sure it doesn’t look or feel bulky.
- Next, we’ll take impressions to send to the dental lab who will custom-make your crown to our exact specifications.
- We’ll put a temporary crown on your tooth so it looks and functions normally until your permanent crown is made.
- When you return for a second visit, we’ll cement the new crown into place so it fits snugly over your tooth and feels natural.
Dental crowns offer excellent strength, aesthetics, and longevity, and can last 15-20 years with proper care. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!