Dental Crowns in Katy

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Archeological records indicate that gold dental crowns have been used to address structural and cosmetic dental concerns since the days of the ancient Etruscans, nearly 2600 years ago. Modern dental crowns boast better esthetics and more true-to-life structure, but the basic idea behind the dental crown hasn’t changed that much since ancient times. Crowns are full-coverage dental restorations, meaning they completely encase a natural tooth, and they can be utilized in a wide range of procedures, such as:

  • Reinforcing a broken or cracked tooth.
  • Protecting a tooth after root canal therapy.
  • Capping a severely discolored or misshaped tooth when more conservative methods, like teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, cannot adequately address the problem.
  • Topping a dental implant to replace the visible portion of a missing tooth.
  • Anchoring a dental bridge in place.

Dental Crowns at Lathrop Dental Center

If Dr. Lathrop recommends placing a dental crown, you can feel confident that he will help you select the crown material that works best for your unique case. We offer:

  • All-porcelain crowns. Porcelain, that same delicate ceramic used to make teacups and plates, becomes strong and durable when fused to a sturdy understructure, like a tooth. Porcelain crowns offer the most true-to-life esthetics and are the best choice for placing in the front of the mouth.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns. Outer layers of dental porcelain encase a sturdy metal core in this combination crown that offers realistic looks and a high level of strength. PFM crowns can withstand the pressure and biting forces experienced in the back of the mouth, making them an ideal option for placing on molars.
  • Zirconia crowns. This type of dental porcelain is so strong, it’s nearly unbreakable. Zirconia crowns can be made from pure zirconia or have a two part structure, with a zirconia inner core and layers of translucent porcelain on the outside.
  • Metal crowns. Most often made from gold alloy, metal crowns are still a popular choice since they are long-lasting and will not damage opposing teeth. Because they don’t blend with the surrounding teeth, metal crowns are best suited for the back of the mouth.

Placing a Dental Crown

Having a dental crown placed requires at least two separate visits to our Katy dentist office. If you need to have a crown placed but feel nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist, Dr. Lathrop can provide a gentle sedation dentistry option to help you relax. At your first appointment, Dr. Lathrop will prepare the tooth by removing some enamel and reshaping the structure. Next, he will take impressions of your tooth. These impressions, along with specifications regarding the type of crown and shading instructions, are sent to our offsite dental lab. There, specially trained technicians craft your custom-designed crown. At the end of this appointment, Dr. Lathrop will place a temporary crown to help protect the prepared tooth and aid in eating and speaking.  Once the lab has returned your crown, you will come in for the second appointment, Dr. Lathrop will check the crown for fit, make sure you are happy with its appearance, and then bond it permanently into place.

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