Which Type of Crown Is Right for You?

When you need treatment for significant tooth decay or need to repair a broken tooth, our team at Lifetime Dental Care in Katy, Texas, offers several tooth restoration options in-office, including same-day crowns.

Experienced dentist, W. Garry Waldrop, DDS, can help you decide which type of crown is right for you. Here, he provides some insight on how crowns restore a damaged tooth and prevent the need for a tooth extraction and dental implants.

The purpose of a crown

A crown is a type of artificial cap that fits over your tooth and covers the entire structure that shows above your gum line. Dr. Waldrop also permanently attaches the crown to the existing root structure of your tooth.

You might be a candidate for a crown if you need dental treatment to:

Because there are several types of crowns available, our team performs a comprehensive dental evaluation to determine which type is right for you and your long-term dental health.

An overview of crown options

There are different types of crowns available to meet your needs and your budget including:

Ceramic and porcelain crowns

Ceramic and porcelain crowns are a popular choice because the materials used to make the crown look very similar to your natural tooth texture and color.

A ceramic or porcelain crown might be a good choice if you have concerns about the appearance of your teeth. Typically, this type of crown is most beneficial for your front teeth because the materials used might not be durable enough for your molars in the long-term.

We offer CEREC® same-day crowns that are made from a strong ceramic material. Dr. Waldrop designs your crown using computer-assisted technology to ensure a perfect fit. He can create and fit the crown over your tooth in the same visit.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns

The porcelain crowns still closely resemble your natural tooth color and texture. However, the metal that’s fused under the porcelain cap provides more stability for your damaged tooth.

Porcelain-fused crowns can be a good option for restoring either your front or back teeth because of their appearance and durability.

Metal crowns

There are several dental-safe metals we can use to create a durable, functional crown. We offer crowns made out of silver amalgam and cast gold that are resistant to breakage and require the least tooth structure to be removed, thus preserving the core of your tooth for maximum strength and retention.

Metal crowns are best for your back molars because they can withstand chewing better than other materials; however, the metal is noticeable.

Don’t delay an evaluation for a damaged tooth

A crown can address damaged or decayed teeth relatively quickly to prevent a worsening of your condition. If you wait too long, you may no longer be a candidate for a crown and will need a more intensive procedure, like a tooth extraction and dental implant, to restore your dental health and smile.

We recommend scheduling a consultation as soon as you notice tooth damage, experience dental pain, or have difficulty chewing your food. Dr. Waldrop can determine if a crown is right for you and will help you choose the best crown option based on your needs.

To learn more about the benefits of a dental crown, call our office or request an appointment online today.

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