Our experts use dental crowns to help patients in Houston, TX, restore a broken or damaged tooth to its normal shape and size.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a small piece made from resin or another durable material that mimics the natural shape and color of your tooth. The crown can completely cover an old tooth, a tooth that has a dark color or stain or a damaged tooth. Dentists who perform root canals will often suggest that a patient get a crown to hide that fixed tooth.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
One benefit associated with a crown is that the piece can hide previous dental work you had done in the past. Fillings made from different types of metal can stick out like a sore thumb and make you nervous about showing off your smile. The crown will hide all areas of the metal and make you feel a little more confident. Other benefits can include the following:
- Keeping a weak or broken tooth from further breakage
- Hiding a previous dental implant in your mouth
- Reducing the appearance of a damaged or stained tooth
- Hiding gaps or spaces between the teeth
- Adding extra support to a dental bridge
What Is the Procedure for Implanting a Crown?
Getting a crown requires several distinct steps. During your first appointment, the dentist will apply a numbing agent to the tooth and any tissue surrounding the tooth. The dentist will then prepare the tooth for the crown, which often involves removing broken parts of the tooth and filing down sharp edges. You will then notice that the dentist takes a mold of the tooth to prepare the crown and applies a temporary crown to the tooth.
Some patients require a crown on a tooth that isn’t large enough to support a crown due to a cavity or decay. The dentist will use a metal, porcelain, or ceramic filling to enlarge the tooth and make it strong enough for a crown. Before filling the tooth, the dentist will numb the area and clean the tooth with saline and water. After removing any sharp edges or broken parts of the tooth, the dentist can fill the tooth with the material.
During your second appointment, the dentist will check the temporary crown to ensure that it worked for your tooth. The dentist will remove the old crown and clean the space with a saline solution. After thoroughly drying the tooth, the dentist applies a thin layer of dental adhesive and positions the permanent crown in place. With proper care, your crown can last for 15 years or more.
How Much Does a Crown Cost?
If you are a new patient, you can look forward to getting your x-rays and your first examination for free. Whether you’re a new or existing patient, you’ll find that Summit Dental Center™ accepts many different payment forms. Credit cards and cash can help those without dental insurance pay their bills, and all offices offer payment plans and financing as well. The office also accepts more than 20 different types of insurance, including policies offered by Assurance Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Principal Group Insurance, and United Healthcare.
Is a Dental Crown Right for Me?
A crown is right for any child or adult concerned with the strength of their teeth and how their teeth look. You can get the crown in just two appointments with your dentist, and your dentist will check back to ensure you’re happy with both the look and feel of the crown. Crowns can hide a wide range of damage and problems, including cracked and chipped teeth, severely discolored teeth and weak teeth. Even if you have a severely broken tooth, a crown can often help put that tooth back together again and protect it from future damage.
Why Choose Summit Dental Center™?
Known as a “great dentist for kids,” Summit Dental Center™ has a reputation for providing a family friendly atmosphere and positive dental experience.
- Uses a gentle touch to help put nervous and fearful patients at ease
- Bright and clean play area for children and gift bags – everyone loves gift bags!
- Offers ClearCorrect™ as an alternative to Invisalign®
- Offers general sedation for pediatric patients
- Quality care at affordable rates
- 7 convenient locations with flexible evening and weekend hours
What to Expect During Your Consultation
- All new patients receive a $25 initial consultation
- Your initial visit consists of x-rays, examination, and consultation
- Treatment options are discussed before any service is performed
- We make quality dental care easy and affordable
With seven convenient locations throughout the Houston area, we offer both extended and weekend hours to our patients. We are dedicated to providing quality dental service, so please contact us today to schedule your appointment and ask about our free consultations!