About That Crown . . .


Dental Crowns and Bridges Houston, TXDental crowns. When we need them, we may not be very happy. A crown means that something has happened to cause significant damage to a tooth. This could be a direct hit from a rogue baseball or it could be a direct hit from oral bacteria at the center of the tooth. Whatever the reason a dental crown becomes necessary, there is actually something to be happy about. Today’s dental crowns are nothing like those that our parents and grandparents had to endure.

Originally, dental crowns were made from metal; gold, actually. The reason that dentists did not look for a suitable tooth-colored material was because the primary purpose of a crown was to restructure the tooth that could no longer function on its own. At the time, gold was the best choice. The metal crowns that look silver came later as a way to repair teeth in a more affordable manner. We cannot imagine that, even 100 years ago, patients had much appreciation for unnatural-looking dental crowns. Our perception is it was one of those “is what it is” situations. Luckily, that situation no longer exists.

Crowns Go Above and Beyond

The purpose of crowns has not changed. A better way to describe it would be to say that the purpose of crowns has expanded. Or maybe we should say the capabilities of dental crowns have expanded. The desire for an attractive smile has existed for centuries. The need for repair should not disrupt the natural nuances of the smile. Today’s crowns make sure this does not happen.

When there is a desire for natural appearance, and there almost always is, a porcelain crown may be the greatest value. Porcelain is commonly used in the fabrication of dental veneers due to the striking similarities between this material and the outer shell of teeth. In addition to resembling enamel, porcelain has also proved that it can hold up to the harsh nature of biting and chewing. In so doing, porcelain proved itself worthy of restorative function.

Porcelain crowns are a wonderful metal-free option that supports an all-natural smile. These restorations are comparable to metal-based crowns in terms of durability and longevity, too. To learn more about your options for restorative or cosmetic dental crowns, call Royal Dental at (713) 330-7700.

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