Crowns are prosthetic teeth that fill in your smile when you have damaged or missing teeth. Expert dentist Dr. Paulette Arana provides porcelain, zirconia, and e.max® crowns to men and women in Upper Kirby Houston and the surrounding area. If you suspect you need a crown, call her office at Paulette Arana, DDS or book an appointment online.
A crown is an artificial tooth that caps a damaged natural tooth to improve its appearance and protect the underlying structure. A crown looks and feels just like a natural tooth. You might need a crown for the following issues:
Porcelain looks and feels like a natural tooth. It’s durable, luminescent, and reflects light so your smile benefits. Porcelain can be shaped to match your other teeth in bite, size, and shape, creating a realistic false tooth.
Zirconia crowns are made of the metal zirconia, which is extremely durable. The material is especially useful for crowns set in the back of your mouth for a few reasons. First, those teeth are responsible for chewing and grinding and benefit from zirconia’s durability, and also because the material is not as translucent as porcelain crowns, so they look less natural.
Also, zirconia crowns can be cut and shaped in the office, all in one visit, so you get a replacement tooth quickly.
E.max crowns are made of ceramic and are best suited if you need a cap on one of your front teeth. The ceramic is made from quartz, lithium dioxide, phosphoroxide, alumina, potassium oxide, and other trace elements.
The e.max crowns are known for their attractiveness, strength, and durability.
Dr. Arana can help you decide which type of crown best suits your needs and budget. Your choice depends on where in your mouth the crown is going and your desired aesthetic result. The function of the crown also determines the type that’s best. For example, you might choose a porcelain crown to anchor a bridge, while an e.max crown best covers an implant on your upper front tooth.
To find out more about crowns and your options for their placement, call Paulette Arana, DDS or book an appointment using the online booking agent.