Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover the entire visible portion of a damaged, cracked, chipped, or decayed tooth to preserve its strength, shape, and appearance. Crowns are typically made of strong porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two materials.
The strength of a tooth is greatly affected by cracks, root canals, and fillings. Once the original structure of the tooth is weakened due to a crack or other dental work, the natural part of the tooth is more susceptible to further breaks, cracks, and chips. Capping the tooth with a crown will act as a splint that will fortify the tooth and hold it together.
Grinding your teeth or having an improper bite can cause excessive wear on your teeth. Decay and chips can also affect the shape of your teeth. In cases where there is extensive damage to the tooth, the shape of a tooth can be restored by the placement of a dental crown in Houston, Texas.
It is best to use a crown to improve the cosmetic appearance of the tooth when you also need to strengthen the tooth or restore the shape. When a tooth is capped or crowned, a large portion of the natural tooth is filed down to fit the cap. If you simply want to improve the look of your smile, but do not need to strengthen or shape your teeth, then talk with Dr. Craig Mabrito and Dr. Ximena Camacho about other cosmetic options such as tooth whitening, tooth bonding, or veneers.