One of the most common restorative dental procedures is the dental crown. Crowns are a great way to protect a tooth that has been weakened or compromised through decay or damage. While we often choose porcelain veneers for front teeth which are still fairly structurally stable, crowns are more often used on back teeth where biting pressure is higher. For some patients, a combination of porcelain veneers and crowns may be ideal.
To learn if you may need a dental crown or other restorative dentistry procedure, call Dr. Carlson Craig today at 210-494-3511 to schedule your initial consultation.
Do You Need A Crown?
The most common reasons for needing a dental crown are as follows:
- Extensive decay
- Large fillings that have broken down
- Large cracks or chips
- Root canals
- Teeth have been worn down by grinding
A dental crown is strong and provides the support necessary for back teeth or front teeth that are significantly weak or fragile. They are usually the solution of choice for teeth that have been structurally compromised in some way. They can also be used for cosmetic purposes, for instance if you have dark staining, but porcelain veneers are often a better choice for purely cosmetic issues.
CEREC Same-Day Crowns
All of the treatments we offer here at 5 Star Dental are the latest, most advanced, and most convenient possible. We offer CEREC same-day crowns for patients who would prefer to have their crown placed in just one appointment.
CEREC same-day crowns are durable, strong, and can be customized to fit seamlessly into your smile. They are made in-office using sophisticated computer technology, and can be placed immediately after being made. We will show you how the finished crown looks in your mouth before cementing it in, to make sure you are satisfied with the finished product.
Dental Crowns vs. Porcelain Veneers
Dental crowns and porcelain veneers are similar, but perform different functions. Dental crowns are used for restoring stability and function to weakened teeth, while porcelain veneers are used primarily for cosmetic reasons.
Porcelain veneers are more of a false front, an extremely thin shell placed on the front of a tooth to cover minor to moderate flaws and imperfections. You may be a candidate for porcelain veneers if you have:
- Minor chips or cracks
- Crowding or crookedness
- Minor gaps
If you have multiple issues with your teeth, you may be a candidate for a smile makeover. A smile makeover addresses all of your teeth's problems with multiple solutions to create a beautiful and healthy smile. A smile makeover may consist of porcelain veneers, crowns, gum recontouring, teeth whitening, white fillings, and more, depending on your individual needs.
Schedule Your Dental Crown Consultation
If your smile is in need of restorative or cosmetic dental care, call Dr. Carlson today at 210-494-3511 to schedule your consultation. He has years of experience helping patients improve their oral health and the appearance of their smile, and will be happy to help you as well.
We serve patients in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and other nearby areas of south Texas.