Royal treatment with dental crowns: A versatile, durable, and low-maintenance way to restore healthy smiles

At Orion Dental Specialties, Drs. Melanie and Farnam Farzam have all of the general, preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services you’ll ever need under one well-appointed roof in Cypress, Texas. With general/preventative dentistry, such as consistent professional teeth cleanings, we can help you avoid the need for restorative care or treatments. Yet, restorations like crowns may be the only way to preserve a tooth that is badly damaged or to achieve an attractive and balanced appearance should a tooth be very misshapen or worn. 

The problem: Dental damage

A tooth can be damaged due to disease as well as trauma, such as sports-related injuries. One of the most common threats to the lovely appearance and functionality of your teeth comes in the form of decay. Cavities are a form of tooth decay. They are incredibly common and characterized by tiny holes or depressions on the surface of the teeth. If cavities go untreated, the decay process can continue unabated. As destructive plaque acids eat through the tooth, they can penetrate the innermost, nervy soft tooth structure or dental pulp. The pulp may become infected. The infection may also spread to other parts of the face and body without adequate and prompt treatment. 

The solution: Dental crowns 

In the case of such deep or severe tooth damage, Drs. Farzam may recommend a crown following root canal therapy. This procedure is generally painless and involves removing the inflamed or infected pulp tissues. Crowns must be applied afterward to restore the strength of the treated tooth. Without a crown, the tooth remains weak and is vulnerable to further and future damage.

Crowns are generally made from a variety of dental materials. These materials include metals like gold or ceramics such as porcelain and zirconia. The most appropriate option for you depends on your personal preferences, as well as the location and function of the damaged tooth. 

Any damaged tissue must be removed from the tooth. The tooth is also reshaped to ensure that the crown will fit on top of it properly. Our dentists use the latest technologies to aid in treatment planning. Accurate information is necessary to ensure the crown is made properly. Once it is fabricated, the crown is applied to the prepared tooth and cemented or fixed securely to the natural structure. Dental crowns are famed for their staying power, and zirconia, in particular, is lauded for being gentle to surrounding tissues. And crowns can last long with the same consistent and diligent care that you use to keep your natural, unaltered teeth healthy and decay-free. If you are due for a check-up, schedule one at our office in Cypress, TX, today. Call Orion Dental Specialties at (832) 906-8313.