If you damage a tooth or develop a cavity, a dental crown can reduce the risk of additional problems and preserve your smile. At TLN Family Dental, general and cosmetic dentists Tammeka Nickleberry, DDS, Courtney Jacocks, DDS, and Esther Oluwo, DDS, use BruxZir® Zirconia crowns to protect, cover, and restore permanent teeth. To make an appointment, call the nearest office in Houston or Pearland, Texas, or book online today.
Crowns are synthetic covers bonded on top of a damaged or decaying tooth. Once placed, a crown envelopes all of the enamel above your gum line.
Crowns prevent further damage and restore your chewing and biting abilities. With regular checkups and good oral hygiene, they often last 12-15 years* and sometimes longer.
TLN Family Dental uses crowns for various reasons, including:
Your dentist might also recommend a crown if you have a stained or discolored tooth that doesn’t improve with Opalescence® teeth whitening.
At TLN Family Dental, getting a BruxZir Zirconia crown takes two visits.
Your provider reviews your dental records, conducts an oral exam, and takes a series of digital X-rays. If you have a damaged or decaying tooth and your provider can’t make the necessary repairs with a filling, you qualify for a crown.
Your TLN Family Dental provider removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth enamel, takes impressions of your tooth, and sends them to a nearby dental lab. Then, they cover your tooth with a temporary crown, allowing you to bite and chew.
The dental lab uses your impressions to create a BruxZir Zirconia crown. When it’s finished, you return to TLN Family Dental.
Your provider numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, removes the temporary crown, and bonds the permanent one in its place. Before leaving, your provider explains how to clean and care for the crown.
Taking care of a dental crown is similar to caring for your natural teeth. TLN Family Dental recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once a day, and visiting the practice every six months for teeth cleaning and an oral exam.
To protect your crown from damage, it’s also a good idea to avoid bad habits like biting your fingernails or chewing on hard objects, like ice cubes.
Make an appointment at TLN Family Dental to see if you’re a candidate for crowns. Call the nearest office to speak with a staff member or click the online booking feature today.