When you have a weakened or damaged tooth, Stefanie Sunnes, DMD provides natural-looking dental crowns to protect and preserve your tooth, which is ideal for your dental health and your appearance as well. Dr. Sunnes applies dental crowns as needed at Alegria Dental Care in Houston. You can count on Dr. Sunnes for expert restorative dental care to protect and improve your smile and dental health. Call or make an appointment online today.
A dental crown — often referred to as a cap — is a restorative dental device that covers a weak, damaged, or unattractive tooth. Crowns are made from metal, porcelain, or a combination of materials. Most patients choose crowns made of porcelain-fused-to-metal because they offer the durability of metal and the natural appearance of porcelain.
Crowns are custom-made to fit your teeth precisely and are tinted to match your other teeth. Porcelain is resistant to staining and decay.
You may need dental crowns for restorative or cosmetic purposes. If you have a severely chipped or cracked tooth, or if you’ve had an extensive root canal on a weakened tooth, a dental crown covers and supports your tooth. A crown often prevents the need for extraction and preserves your overall dental health. You may also have crowns placed to anchor a dental bridge.
You might also choose to have dental crowns installed to improve the appearance of your smile. If your teeth are small, unevenly sized, or if you have whitening-resistant staining, dental crowns cover imperfections and create a perfect, uniform smile.
Dr. Sunnes usually installs dental crowns in two appointments. During your first appointment, she prepares your tooth or teeth by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. This procedure creates space for your crown to fit snugly over your tooth and fit in with your other teeth.
When she has removed a bit of the enamel, Dr. Sunnes takes an impression of your teeth. She sends the mold to a dental lab where your crowns are custom-manufactured to fit your teeth precisely. Before you leave her office, she provides a temporary crown to protect your tooth while your permanent crown is prepared.
At your second appointment, Dr. Sunnes removes your temporary crown and installs your permanent crown. She checks the fit and your bite — the way your teeth come together — before permanently bonding the crown to your tooth. Once your crown is set, she polishes it until it shines like a natural tooth.
If you’re interested in dental crowns to improve your smile or to cover a broken tooth, call Alegria Dental Care or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.