Dental crowns are caps placed over teeth in various types of cases. They restore function and appearance to the damaged tooth by restoring its proper shape and size while minimizing the gaps in between teeth that allow for food and other matters that often lodge there. If you are dissatisfied with either of these aspects of a tooth, visit Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS in Houston to see if a crown might be the right solution for you.
In cases where teeth have cavities which are too large to be filled, a crown may be a suitable alternative. Similarly, if a tooth has been cracked, ground down, or otherwise damaged too badly to be filled, a crown could be ideal. Also, after root canal procedures, a crown can be put in place to protect the restored area. Crowns are also an essential part of bridging procedures and may be used simply to restore the aesthetics of discolored or misshapen teeth.
Placing a crown is an indirect form of restoration. Before a mold of the area to be crowned is made, the dentist must prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the outside of the tooth so the crown will fit. The mold is then sent off to a lab to be formed, then it is sent back to the dentist to be cemented into place during a follow up appointment. A temporary crown may be inserted at the initial appointment for the time it takes to receive the permanent crown.
Crowns can be made from gold, other metal alloys, ceramics, or porcelain. A number of factors are to be considered when determining which material is to be used for a crown. The dentist may consider the patients preference according to cost and aesthetics, how surrounding gum tissue is arranged, and the amount of tooth that shows when the patient opens their mouth. Various materials have different levels of cost and durability, variables which will inevitably play into deciding which type of crown is appropriate.
If you are in any of the previously mentioned situations or would simply like to have your smile improved, consider visiting Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS in Houston to get a crown.