Looking for the best Sugar Land dental crowns office? Dental crowns, also known as caps, are protective coverings for damaged, missing or decayed teeth that restore their functionality and appearance. Depending on the extent of the damage, Sugar Land dental crowns specialist, Dr. Yu, may recommend replacing or encasing a damaged tooth with a crown as part of his general dental care treatment.
A tooth with a large cavity is vulnerable to breakage. This is particularly true if root canal therapy is required to prevent the tooth from being extracted. While root canal therapy can save a tooth, the process involves removing the nerves and blood vessels that nourish it. Essentially, the tooth is then dead and can become brittle and susceptible to breaking. A dental crown provides strength and stability to such a tooth.
Likewise, if a tooth has been damaged through trauma or part of it has been broken off, a dental crown may be the best solution for protecting it. The crown covers the visible part of the tooth and can keep it from sustaining further damage.
Dental crowns are also used in other restorations. A dental implant is a way to replace a missing tooth, and a crown is used to complete the process. Crowns are also used on abutment teeth when making a dental bridge to replace one or more missing teeth.
A missing tooth can cause serious problems for the adjacent teeth as well as bone loss over a period of time. A dental implant can prevent these issues and stimulate bone growth. Once the implant is placed and healed, a crown is cemented on the implant to restore the missing tooth. A temporary crown is placed on the implant while it heals and fuses to the bone. This temporary measure is taken to ensure the implant is firmly in place before a permanent dental crown is placed over it.
When a dental bridge is recommended, the teeth on either side of the space must be prepared to receive crowns. A pontic, or artificial tooth, is attached to the crowns on either side. A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth. When indicated, an implant may be used to provide an abutment tooth to create the bridge.
To prepare you for a dental crown, your Sugar Land dental care team will take tooth impressions to create a crown that will be a perfect match for your tooth. The molded impression is then sent to a dental lab where your crown will be made. A temporary crown will be put in place while your permanent crown is fashioned. On a scheduled return visit at our Sugar Land dentistry office, your permanent dental crown will be installed and cemented into place.
Dental crowns may also be used as part of a smile makeover, in which case they may be shaped and sized to form a tooth pattern determined by Dr. Yu to fit your new smile. Whatever the purpose of installing a dental crown, your Sugar Land dental care team will advise you on caring for the crown, including cleaning procedures and tips, what foods to avoid and how and where to floss.
We use state-of-the-art technology and the finest materials to craft dental crowns that will look like your natural teeth and last for years. We’ll give you all the information you’ll need about caring for your new smile and go over each step in the process of making it all happen. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yu, our Sugar Land dental crowns expert, to see if a crown is just what you need.