Custom Full and Partial Crowns
Dental crowns are custom restorations designed to closely mimic healthy, natural tooth structure. Traditionally, crowns, also known as caps, have been designed to completely cover and protect teeth that have been damaged, to prevent them from growing worse. Today, however, partial crowns (inlays and onlays) can also be crafted to address cases of tooth damage in a more precise and conservative manner. Full and partial crowns give our patients a wider variety of options for restoring and rebuilding compromised teeth in a way that preserves a maximum amount of healthy tooth structure.
The Most Appropriate Crown for You
Partial crowns are most appropriate for teeth that exhibit mild to moderate damage or decay in a small area of the tooth, such as between the cusps on its chewing surface. An inlay can be placed between the cusps to restore that area. Or, if necessary, an onlay can be placed that extends over one or more of the cusps, as well. This allows your dentist to restore your tooth’s health and integrity without having to modify the entire tooth in preparation for a full dental crown.
Modern dental crowns can also be crafted in a variety of materials to suit each patient’s unique needs. For instance, metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns are often created to give molars maximum structural support. Porcelain or zirconia crowns are often utilized to restore more visible teeth thanks to their highly lifelike appearance. In some cases, we can design and create a porcelain crown in just one day using innovative CEREC technology. A digital impression of your tooth and oral structures will be taken and sent to an on-site milling machine, which will craft your porcelain restoration on the spot.
Find the Best Restoration for Your Tooth
Today’s dental crowns can be crafted in a variety of sizes and from a variety of materials to suit every patient’s unique needs and preferences. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Contemporary Dental in Bellaire, TX, today at 713-668-9119. We proudly welcome patients who live in Bellaire, Houston, West University/Southside Place, Southwest Houston, the Galleria area, and all surrounding communities.