Crowns

Anne Chee, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

Anne Chee, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Westchase, Houston, TX

If you’re seeking a tooth restoration option that offers a natural appearance while preserving as much of your healthy tooth tissue as possible, dental crowns may be a great fit for you. Dr. Anne Chee is highly skilled in crafting beautiful, natural-looking dental crowns for men and women in the greater Houston, Texas, area. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about dental crowns and other dental restoration options. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a convenient appointment time, or you’re always welcome to call the office.

Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are protective “caps” that cover the damaged portion of your natural tooth tissue. Advancements in dental technology have led to crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.

Denatl crowns are also a durable restoration choice, and once they’re in place, they look and function like natural tooth tissue.

What are dental crowns used for?

There are many reasons why Dr. Chee might recommend a dental crown. Crowns work to:

  • Replace a large filling
  • Prevent a fractured tooth from further damage
  • Strengthen a weak tooth
  • Address aesthetic issues like a severely discolored or misshapen tooth
  • Complete a root canal

Dental crowns are also the visible portions of dental implants and bridges. In these instances, crowns are anchored to protective materials, not your natural tooth tissue.

What’s it like to get a dental crown?

The process begins with a thorough dental exam. Dr. Chee evaluates your teeth to determine the best treatment path, and discusses your options in detail. If you both decide that a dental crown is a right way to go, she collects imaging and impressions.

If you need a filling, root canal, or other dental work prior to getting a new crown, you may need an additional appointment.  

Dr. Chee provides local anesthesia to numb the treatment area during the procedure. She then removes a small portion of your tooth tissue to make room for the crown. If necessary, she uses a special dental material to build up the tooth to accept the crown.

She then takes impressions and performs scans which provide the information the dental lab needs to craft your custom crown. You will receive a temporary crown to wear until the permanent one arrives.

At your next appointment, Dr. Chee removes your temporary crown and checks the fit and color of your permanent one. If everything looks good, she cements the crown into place, and checks your bite.

Do dental crowns require special care?

Once in place, your new crown should last between 5-15 years. You can maximize the life of your crown by engaging in good oral hygiene habits. It’s also important to refrain from chewing ice or other hard items, using your teeth as tools to pry or open things, biting your fingernails, or grinding your teeth at night.

If you’re ready to learn more about dental crowns, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Chee today.