About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns restore and protect damaged teeth while simultaneously improving the appearance of the tooth. Experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Ronald Konig creates customized tooth crowns that have a natural yet attractive appearance. These crowns do not show unsightly black lines at the gums. Crowns offered at our practice are also durable, long-lasting and stain resistant.
Poorly Fitted Dental Crown
After Restoration with a Porcelain Crown
What Are Dental Crowns Used For?
A tooth crown is most often appropriate when a large portion of the surface of the tooth has been damaged, but the tooth root system remains intact and healthy. Dr. Konig may recommend a crown for the following reasons:
- To restore a tooth following root canal treatment
- To restore a tooth with a broken or missing dental filling
- To attach dental bridges
- To cover a dental implant
- To rebuild a tooth with worn edges
- To protect a weak tooth in danger of fracturing
- To restore a tooth that has cracked or broken
- To restore misshapen or discolored teeth
Dental crowns combine outstanding function and durability with excellent aesthetics. Compared to Lumineers®, dental crowns address both cosmetics and function, whereas a veneer is more appropriate for cosmetic flaws alone. Not only does the crown make the tooth stronger, it also improves the appearance of the tooth by way of ideal tooth shape and color.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are beneficial first because they cover the entire visible part of a damaged tooth. This prevents further damage when biting or chewing and it also decreases the risk of decay entering the margins of a smaller restoration. Dental crowns are often made using tooth-colored materials, adding natural cosmetic appeal to the benefits of a restored, fortified tooth.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Crowns
People who have suffered an injury to a tooth are often told they need a dental crown. This restoration is larger than a filling, inlay, or onlay, which means it provides the full coverage that is needed to protect a badly-damaged tooth from further injury. Crowns are good for people who have experienced severe decay, who have needed a root canal, or have broken or fractured a tooth.
Dental Crown Procedure with Dr. Ronald Konig
To begin the restoration process, Dr. Konig takes an impression of the tooth, which is used to design a customized dental crown. While your permanent tooth crown is being fabricated, you will wear a temporary crown so that you can smile confidently in the interim.
Once your crown is completed, you will come back to Dr. Konig's office to have it permanently placed. First, Dr. Konig will ensure proper fit and appearance. Then, he places the dental crown using a special dental cement that bonds the crown to the tooth.
Dr. Konig has extensive experience and training related to dental crown tooth reconstruction. As a result, he is able to provide dental crowns that are beautifully matched to the color of your teeth, so that your smile is not only stronger, but more attractive as well.
Recovery after Dental Crowns: What to Expect
There is no downtime after getting a dental crown. If a dental anesthetic is used, one side of the mouth may be slightly numb for a short time after the appointment. Patients should wait one hour before eating or drinking anything but water. Because the crown has just been affixed, patients are advised to wait a few hours before eating anything sticky or chewy.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns can last between 5 and 15 years. The longevity of this restoration is determined by several factors. These include your mouth-related habits and oral hygiene practices. The better you take care of your teeth with daily brushing and flossing, the longer your crown may last. Avoiding habits like biting or chewing on hard objects can also elongate the lifespan of a dental crown.
Are Dental Crowns Safe?
Dental crowns are a safe and proven restorative technique. This tooth-cover, once called a cap, has been used around the world for many decades. Over time, new dental materials have been developed to reduce risks like gum irritation or allergy by minimizing or eliminating the use of metal. There are very few risks associated with dental crown treatment performed today.
Are Dental Crowns Painful?
The dental crown procedure is not painful. It is somewhat like getting a filling. After anesthetizing the tooth with a local numbing medication, the dentist uses a dental drill or other instruments to carefully reduce the tooth. This removes the entire damaged portion as well as additional structure. Tooth reduction ensures that the crown can cover the entire visible part of the tooth and sit at the margin of the gums. After the initial step of preparing the tooth for this restoration, minor sensitivity may occur. This side effect may resolve on its own within about a week. Sometimes, the sensitivity resolves within a week or two after the final crown has been bonded over the tooth. If necessary, tooth sensitivity can be managed by taking over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen and by using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth.
If you are interested in state-of-the-art Houston dental crowns, please arrange a consultation with Dr. Konig by calling our experienced staff at 713-668-2289. Dr. Konig is proud to care for patients from across Texas, including Sugar Land, Katy and The Woodlands. He will ensure all of your questions about crowns are answered, and that you feel empowered to make an informed decision about your dental care.