Dental Crowns – Katy, TX
Repair the Function and Beauty of Your Smile
Restoring your injured smile may not seem like a necessity if it isn’t causing you pain. However, if you wait to fix damaged teeth, it could cause even more serious problems down the road. At The Dental People, we offer a variety of restorative options that look nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth including dental crowns. We don’t want our patients to have to choose between their oral health and their aesthetically-pleasing grin. With dental crowns in Katy, TX from one of our three highly skilled and trained dentists, we can improve the function and look of your mouth in just two visits.
Why Choose The Dental People For Dental Crowns?
- Convenient Extended Hours
- Dental Emergencies Welcome
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
What are Dental Crowns?
At The Dental People, we utilize high-quality materials to create custom-fitted crowns that are durable and strong. These are caps that we place to cover and protect a damaged tooth. It acts to restore its shape, size, and strength. Crowns are permanently cemented to the existing visible portion of your natural tooth above your gumline. They can be made from a variety of materials, but the most popular is dental porcelain because it’s natural-looking and long-lasting.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns can be used to tackle a variety of problems. Depending on what material they’re made from, they offer several benefits for patients who are looking to improve their oral health. A dental crown may be needed for any of the following reasons:
- To protect a weakened tooth and hold it together.
- To restore the strength of a worn-down tooth from problems such as bruxism.
- To provide added support to a tooth with a large filling.
- To anchor a dental bridge.
- To conceal severe discoloration or misshapen teeth.
- To repair a tooth after root canal therapy.
The best way to learn whether you need to restore your smile with a crown is to schedule a consultation with us. We’ll be able to check the state of your oral health and give you the information you need to make a well-informed decision.
What’s The Process of Getting a Dental Crown?
At The Dental People, we can repair your damaged teeth in two visits. During the first appointment, we will examine your tooth, take X-rays if necessary, and determine whether or not you need any additional treatment such as root canal therapy. We’ll prepare your tooth so that it can support your custom-crafted crown when it arrives. After reshaping it, we’ll make an impression to send off to our dental laboratory to craft your restoration to our specifications. We’ll also match the shade of your natural teeth with a guide to ensure that the crown will be practically indistinguishable from the rest of your smile.
Once your crown arrives, we’ll call you in for your second appointment. We’ll remove the temporary restoration and check to make sure the permanent one is the proper color and fit. Once we determine everything looks great, we’ll permanently place it using special dental cement.
How Can You Care For Your Dental Crown?
Teeth with crowns on them typically don’t require any special care. All you’ll need to do is continue your oral hygiene practices by brushing twice each day and flossing at least once a day. Be sure to pay extra attention to the area of your mouth where your damaged tooth is located.
If you find that your restoration is damaged or missing, contact us immediately. The longer that your tooth is left unprotected, the higher the chance of it getting infected. At The Dental People, we welcome dental emergencies and even offer extended hours, so we can work with your schedule to make sure you get the treatment you need!
Dental Crowns FAQs
The dentists of The Dental People want you to feel confident about your future restoration, whether you’re receiving a single crown or multiple throughout your smile. Our dentists are happy to answer any questions you may have, but you just may find your answer in our frequently asked questions section below! If you have additional concerns about dental crowns or the procedure itself, please give us a call and we’ll do our best to help out however we can.
What Happens If You Wait Too Long to Get a Dental Crown?
Dentists won’t recommend a dental crown unless you really need one, and that’s no different for the dentists at The Dental People. You might feel like you can put off receiving your dental crown for now, but it’s much better to get it done and out of the way if we suggest treatment. If you wait too long, you’ll end up leaving your tooth exposed to food debris, bacteria, chewing forces, and ultimately cause more damage to your enamel as a result. The tooth can become so compromised that you could need a root canal just to save it (which requires a crown anyway). If you want to preserve your natural tooth and avoid the need for expensive dental care later, you’ll want to get a crown when we recommend it.
Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?
Dental crowns are made from dental ceramic, which is an inorganic material. That means the crown itself cannot develop decay. The natural tooth that the crown is covering, however, can just as easily develop decay as an uncovered tooth. If you do not practice proper oral hygiene at home, plaque can and will form around the gum line where the tooth meets the crown. This can cause future damage to the tooth and require more expensive restorative treatment to fix. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and maintaining regular checkups and cleanings at our office will help you keep your natural tooth healthy.
What Can I Eat with a Temporary Crown?
Chewing should feel comfortable with a temporary crown, but you will need to avoid certain foods while waiting for your permanent restoration. Keep in mind that a small gap will likely be present underneath your temporary crown, so try to limit sugary foods and beverages for the time being. Very hot or cold foods can also affect the cement holding your crown in place and even trigger dental sensitivity. Any hard or sticky foods should be completely avoided as these can damage, loosen, or dislodge the crown. Chewy breads, corn on the cob, chewing gums, nuts, certain candies, and popcorn should not be consumed until you get your permanent crown.
Is It a Dental Emergency If Your Crown Falls Off?
Losing a dental crown is not always a dental emergency, but you should call us anyway if it happens. That way, you can schedule an appointment and get a replacement. If you notice your tooth underneath has sharp edges that could harm your soft tissues, get in touch with us immediately. In the meantime, you can cover it up with dental/orthodontic wax or sugar-free chewing gum.