Porcelain Crowns Houston, TX

A dental crown is a shell of material that can cover the entire visible portion of a tooth, down to the gums. The crown can restore a tooth to its original size and shape.

Crowns are used in many different dental procedures, but in this case, they cover damaged or severely infected teeth. Crowns are also incorporated into certain dentures or bridges and are used when root canals are needed.

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Crown manufacturing is available in many different materials, although normally, it will look like a natural tooth. The material chosen will depend on many factors, including where it will be placed in the mouth, patient preference, and patient budget.

Dr. Saba and Dr. Frangie offer crowns as an option for their patients. There are six types of crowns available.

  • Permanent or temporary: Temporary crowns cover a prepared tooth while waiting for the permanent crown to be manufactured. The temporary crown is then replaced with the permanent crown using a stronger cement.
  • Stainless steel: Stainless steel crowns are commonly used on children’s primary teeth. The stainless steel is more cost-effective and requires fewer dental visits. This crown will fall off naturally when the permanent tooth underneath emerges.
  • Metal: Metal crowns are a good choice for use on back teeth, as they are stronger and withstand chewing and biting forces better. A metal crown will rarely chip or break, and it is harder to see the metal color in the back of the mouth.
  • All-resin: All-resin crowns are less expensive but will wear down over time. The all-resin is more apt to fracture or break.
  • All-ceramic or all-porcelain: It is easier to match the color of the original teeth with ceramic or porcelain crowns. Patients with metal allergies tend to choose this type of crown. The color match makes them a good choice for either front or back teeth.
  • Porcelain fused to metal: Porcelain fused to metal tend to break off or chip more easily, but they also look more like normal teeth. The metal also makes wear on the opposing teeth more possible.