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:
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:
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.