Dental crowns are a great option to improve the appearance of unevenly sized or shaped teeth, as well as protecting weak and damaged teeth. At Houston-based Dental Illusions, George Saliba, DDS, and Basil Moukarim, DDS, provide dental crowns from offices in the Champion neighborhood and West University, Texas. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about dental crowns and if they’re right for you.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap or cover for a damaged or unattractive tooth. Crowns are made of metal, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Most crowns are made of porcelain bonded to metal, which provides strength and durability, as well as a natural appearance.
At Dental Illusions, Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim use crowns to improve the appearance of teeth that are oddly shaped or sized compared with their neighbors and to cover deep interior staining that won’t respond to topical whitening treatments.
They also use dental crowns to repair broken, chipped, or cracked teeth. Crowns are also used to protect and preserve teeth weakened by severe decay or root canal treatments. If an old filing has become loose or worn down, your dentist may apply a crown to protect your tooth.
Crowns are usually applied in two dental appointments. During your first appointment, your dentist examines your teeth and prepares the tooth for the crown. Your dentist carefully removes a thin layer of tooth enamel so your crown will fully cover your tooth and fit flush against the neighboring teeth.
Dr. Saliba or Dr. Moukarim takes a mold of your tooth that is sent to a dental lab, where a permanent crown is custom-made for you. Your dentist fits a temporary crown to protect your teeth while you wait for your permanent crown.
At your second appointment, your dentist fits the permanent crown and checks the fit and bite before permanently bonding it to your tooth.
Like many dental restorations, taking care of porcelain crowns is simple. You need to brush and floss normally — for two minutes twice a day and once a day, respectively. You also need to have regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. While your crown is resistant to decay and staining, Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim need to monitor your oral health and take care of your natural teeth.
If you’re interested in crowns, call or schedule an appointment online today.