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Your teeth are incredibly strong. They are the strongest substance in your entire body. Despite being so strong, your teeth are still vulnerable to physical damage and decay. These issues compromise the structural integrity of your teeth as well as the health of your mouth. Damaged and decayed teeth can be treated. At The Dentists at North Cypress, we can restore affected teeth with crowns.

What Is a Crown?

When you have a damaged or decayed tooth, it can be at risk for suffering further harm or developing a painful, dangerous infection. A crown is a dental restoration designed to protect the tooth from these issues. It resembles a cap in appearance and is made to cover over the entire visible surface of the affected tooth. It encases the entire tooth, providing it with both protection as well as strength. By restoring the tooth, and preventing further harm, you also avoid the need for a tooth extraction and replacement.

Crown Materials

Crowns can be made from several different materials. Each of these materials has their advantages as well as disadvantages. Materials used for crowns include:
•  Metal. Metal crowns are the strongest crowns available, able to withstand the strongest biting and chewing pressures. These types of crowns also require the least amount of enamel removal. However, they are the least aesthetic option, being silver or gold in color. Metal crowns are also not ideal for those with metal allergies or sensitivity.
•  Porcelain fused to metal. Also called PFM crowns, these types of crowns have a metal base, which surrounds the affected tooth, and a porcelain coating. The porcelain coating provides greater aesthetic benefits. Sometimes, however, the metal can be seen through the porcelain. Moreover, like metal crowns, these types of crowns are not a good option for those with allergies.
•  Ceramic. Ceramic crowns provide the greatest aesthetic benefits. Made entirely from ceramic, these crowns can be stained to match the exact color of your natural teeth. The material also reflects light just like natural tooth enamel. While not as strong as metal, ceramic crowns can withstand the lighter pressures near the front of your mouth. These crowns are also metal-free.

What to Expect During Crown Placement

Typically, crowns require two separate appointments for placement. During your first appointment, the affected tooth is prepared. This process involves removing a portion of the enamel to make the tooth smaller. Next, we take an impression of your mouth. This impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to design and fabricate your custom crown. A temporary crown is placed in the meantime. Once your crown is complete, it is checked for a natural fit and bite before being bonded into place.

If you are receiving a ceramic crown, it may be possible to receive your crown in a single appointment. This is possible with CEREC technology. We take a digital impression of your mouth and use specialized software to design your crown. The crown is then milled in an in-house milling unit. Any necessary adjustments can be made on site. You leave the same appointment with your final crown set in place.

Benefits of a Crown

Crowns provide many benefits. These include:
•  Preventing further damage.
•  Protecting the tooth from infections.
•  Preventing the need for tooth extraction and replacement.
•  Protecting a root canal.
•  Anchoring a bridge in place.

Crowns not only protect damaged and decayed teeth, but they also help to restore the strength of the affected teeth and prevent the need for extractions and replacement. Call The Dentists at North Cypress today to schedule your appointment and find out if a crown is right for you.
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Tuesday 8am–5pm
Wednesday 8am–5pm
Thursday 8am–5pm
Friday 8am–12pm
Closed: Saturday & Sunday
21212 Northwest Frwy Suite 275
Cypress, TX 77429

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