Houston has a lot to offer when it comes to the creation of beautiful smiles. Going to the dentist was once a painful experience at worst and completely utilitarian experience at best. That has changed in the way dentistry is done today. Many modern Houston dentists are making a huge effort to provide their patients with a more spa-like experience—even for something as mundane as dental crowns.

Who Needs Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are sometimes referred to as dental caps. They are generally used to strengthen teeth that have suffered from damage due to damage or decay and protect those same teeth from further damage. Crowns fit over the tooth and pull double duty to also assist in maintaining dental alignment (as this can help prevent certain conditions such as TMJ Disorder). Anyone who has broken or damaged teeth can benefit from dental crowns.

While many times, crowns are used to cover damage and/or decay, there are other times when they are simply applied for cosmetic purposes alone. Sometimes teeth are uneven, discolored, or have gaps that the crowns help fill for a more cosmetically pleasing smile. Crowns may also be used to cover dental implants, hold dental bridges in place, and to cover root canals that have been performed.

What are Dental Crowns Made Of?

Crowns can be made of porcelain, precious metals, or porcelain that’s been fused to metal. Porcelain crowns that are fused to metal can be a good choice sometimes, because they do look more like natural teeth than the all metal crowns. Just remember that the metal may show near the gum line so this is an option that may be best reserved for back teeth rather than front teeth where the metal would be more obvious.

The most natural looking crowns are those that are all-porcelain and include no metal. There are processes that can be employed to ensure that the porcelain is a precise match to the other natural teeth in your mouth so you don’t have to worry about blatant discolorations. The good news is that porcelain crowns are extremely durable and can last a long time without wearing down or discoloring.

Dental Crowns can play a vital role in maintaining dental health. It’s a good idea to take your time and make the best choice for your unique dental needs. Also take the time to discuss with your dentist what the best economic choice for you will be.