Dental crowns come in many types, and it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you. But first, why does your tooth need a crown? There are a few reasons, such as:
- Weakened tooth after root canal treatment
- Severe cavities
- Cracked tooth
- A broken or chipped tooth
- Cosmetic reasons
Your dentist at Lovett Dental Conroe will only ever recommend crowning a tooth if dental crowns are in your best interest.
Getting a crown is a routine process, but it will take at least two visits to the dentist. First, the dentist will take a mold of your bite to ensure a great fit, and then prepare the tooth. Your original tooth will be filed down for the crown to fit over it. Next, you’ll be given a temporary cap while the dentist waits for your crown to be made. Crowns are made-to-measure, so there may be a week or two to wait. Once your crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary cap and fit your new crown. Crowns can last several years, but you still need to take good care of them, as you would with a natural tooth.
A gold crown can be a cosmetic choice, as many people like the appearance of a gold tooth. In addition, you will have less of your original tooth removed if you opt for a gold crown. However, if you want your crown to look like a natural tooth, then a gold crown is not the best choice for you. Nevertheless, there are some excellent benefits from a gold crown, such as longevity and providing great support for molars.
There are several options when it comes to porcelain or ceramic crowns. You can get them made entirely out of porcelain, or made from porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). Porcelain crowns are the best option for getting a front tooth restored, as they look the most natural and blend better with your other teeth.
When you choose a crown, your dentist will help you pick the shade that matches the surrounding teeth. If you’re concerned about getting this right, take someone with you for cosmetic dentistry advice. However, you can rely on your dentist to know which shade of the crown is the right one for you.
The downside of porcelain crowns is that they have a higher chance of cracking than metal crowns. However, if you follow your dentist’s advice, your crown will last you a long time.
Zirconia crowns are a successful alternative to all-ceramic crowns. They give you the strength of a metal crown, with the cosmetic appeal of the porcelain or ceramic crown. Both zirconia and all-porcelain crowns are metal-free, so there are no toxins, and they are biocompatible.
A zirconia crown is an excellent option if you aren’t sure whether to go for a metal crown or a porcelain crown. Zirconia is less likely to crack than porcelain.
Find Dental Crowns at Lovett Dental Conroe
If you’re looking for dental crowns at our general dentistry, Lovett Dental Conroe has a friendly, professional team. Whether you’ve damaged a tooth in an accident or had a root canal due to tooth decay, Lovett Dental Conroe can help. We have the expertise you and your family needs.
Lovett Dental Conroe accepts patients with insurance, such as Medicaid and Medicare. If you don’t have dental insurance, we offer a membership plan and other payment options. We run family-friendly dental offices and are happy to treat the whole family. Sometimes children may require a dental crown, and our dentists are more than happy to help. Speak to Lovett Dental Conroe about dental crowns at 936-760-2400.