Why Does My Tooth Need a Crown Instead of a Filling?
It can be frustrating to learn that you need a dental crown, especially when you've only had fillings in the past! You may wonder why a filling is not enough to restore your tooth. Is a crown really necessary? Here's what you should know about dental crowns in Houston, TX.
Instead of restoring just a small portion of your tooth like a filling, a dental crown is designed to replace your entire tooth structure. It fits like a cap over your remaining tooth and is designed to mimic it closely in both shape and shade.
When Is a Dental Crown Recommended?
A crown is an ideal treatment for teeth that have been cracked, broken, or damaged beyond what a filling can repair. Some other situations in which your dentist might recommend a tooth crown include:
- To strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy
- For an extensive, old restoration that is failing
- As a restoration for a single-tooth dental implant
- For cosmetic reasons, restoring a tooth that has been worn or discolored
How Long Does It Take to Complete a Dental Crown?
The process to complete a crown takes two to three weeks and two visits with your dentist in Houston. During your first appointment, your dentist will get your tooth ready for your new dental crown and make a similar temporary for you to wear while your final restoration is made at a top dental laboratory.
At your second visit, your dentist will deliver your new tooth, permanently place it, and adjust it to ensure that your bite functions correctly. Now you'll enjoy all the function you had before with your natural tooth!
Do You Have More Questions?
If you'd like to learn more about dental crowns or other types of treatment that may be right for your needs, we encourage you to contact GB Dental and schedule an appointment with Dr. Girish Bharwani for more information.