Ashley Smile Dental

Winifred O. Dike, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

Chipped, cracked, or otherwise weakened teeth can be vulnerable to further deterioration and decay if left untreated. At Ashley Smile Dental, Dr. Winifred Dike provides sturdy dental crowns at the Houston, Texas office to protect damaged teeth. Dental crowns are durable caps that Dr. Dike bonds on top of weak teeth during simple, in-office procedures. They not only protect your teeth but often help restore their strength and appearance. If your tooth has suffered damage and might need a dental crown, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Crowns Q &A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are caps that Dr. Dike places on top of weak teeth to prevent further damage and restore a tooth’s shape, appearance, alignment, and function.

They are typically made in a dental lab using impressions of your teeth taken by Dr. Dike at her office. The lab custom-makes them — usually out of porcelain — to match the shade of your natural teeth.

Dental crowns are not removable devices like dentures that you can take out and clean regularly. They require Dr. Dike’s assistance to be removed.

Who needs a dental crown?

Dr. Dike recommends dental crowns to strengthen and improve the appearance of damaged teeth. Dental crowns serve a variety of specific purposes, such as:

  • Covering a dental implant
  • Covering a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • Protecting a damaged tooth from fracturing
  • Safeguard a tooth that underwent root canal treatment
  • Replacing a filling when there isn't sufficient tooth left
  • Restoring a fractured tooth

If you have a damaged tooth, Dr. Dike can help decide if a dental crown is the right course of action for you.

How do dental crowns work?

During your first visit with Dr. Dike, she takes impressions of your damaged tooth that she sends off to a dental lab where your custom-made crown is produced, typically out of ceramic or porcelain since these can be crafted to match the natural shade of your surrounding teeth.

When you come back for a second visit, she cements your new dental crown on your tooth. The procedure to install a dental crown is painless and straightforward.

Dental crowns can have effects beyond just addressing the health of one damaged tooth. They can improve your bite, help you chew better, and improve your digestion.  

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns typically last 5-15 years, but that depends in large part on you. If you practice good oral hygiene and brush and floss consistently, your dental crowns might last even longer. Also make sure to maintain your regular visits with Dr. Dike for professional cleanings and routine check-ups.

To learn more about dental crowns, call or schedule a consultation online today.