Major damage to your teeth — due to poor health, aging or injury — can make it hard for you to chew, speak or even smile. At Houston Precise Dental Care in Houston, Joe Eckford Jr., DDS can give you natural-looking crowns that help you enjoy better dental health and a more brilliant smile. Call the office today or book an appointment online anytime to find the solution to your dental health problems.

Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Crowns can fix many severe dental problems caused by injuries to your teeth, common issues like cavities, or worn teeth due to aging. A crown provides a long-term, natural-looking solution that improves both the appearance and function of your teeth.

Crowns are caps that are placed over damaged teeth. They are made of high-grade porcelain that looks and feels like your natural teeth. They provide long-term, reliable support for your teeth so you have a complete smile and functional bite. Most crowns last 20 to 30 years, protecting the damaged tooth from further harm. Crowns can also be replaced if they get damaged.

What dental conditions can crowns treat?

Crowns provide a solution for even the most severe dental problems, including:

  • Cracks in teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Weak teeth due to age or fillings
  • Stained or chipped teeth
  • Severe cavities

A crown helps you keep and protect your natural tooth so you won’t require a partial denture (bridge) or dental implant.

How long does it take to fit a dental crown?

Placing a great-looking dental crown requires two visits to Dr. Eckford. First, he removes any decay in the tooth. He also shapes the tooth so that the crown will easily fit over it. After this appointment, you’ll get a temporary metal or plastic crown to protect the tooth until your next visit.

On your next visit, Dr. Eckford removes the temporary crown to replace it with the permanent crown. The permanent crown matches the color, size and shape of your other teeth for a natural smile. This crown is cemented into place, where it should stay for many years.

What are the benefits of dental crowns?

Dr. Eckford uses natural-looking crowns to ensure your teeth look and feel great. After your crown is placed, you can enjoy:

  • An improved smile by replacing missing, broken or misshapen teeth
  • Increased ability to chew food
  • Relief from pain caused by broken or damaged teeth
  • Improved speech, particularly if the crown replaces a front tooth

Learn more about how a dental crown could help you by calling Houston Precise Dental Care or scheduling an appointment online.