Does Your Tooth Need A Full Or Partial Crown?

houston dental crownWhen you have a damaged tooth, or develop decay or infection, then a restoration could return your tooth to optimal function, health, and beauty. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX, dentist will look at our full and partial crowns, and discuss how each one could help transform the health and appearance of one or more of your natural teeth.

Partial Crowns

First, let’s talk about the partial options. These address issues too severe for a filling or dental bonding or contouring procedure. They also repair problems not quite serious enough to require the placement of a full crown. The inlay option will fit in between the cusps on top of the tooth. The onlay fits over the cusps on top of the tooth. Both are made from ceramic, which is a strong and durable material that we can color-match to blend with your smile. They can also for decades to come, and protect your tooth from cavities and infection.

Full Crowns

A full dental restoration fits over the visible portion of each tooth, covering everything above the gum line. Each one is custom-made from materials such as ceramic, which ensures they look natural and blend with your smile seamlessly. We could use one to repair cracked, chipped, or broken teeth, and to lengthen the ones worn down due to teeth grinding. We could reshape malformed teeth as well, and treat more advanced stages of cavities, or complete a root canal for an infected or abscessed tooth. If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, we could help by securing your dental bridge, or to restore a single tooth dental implant.

Creation and Placement

To create one, we first need to examine your smile to assess the cause and severity of your oral health issue or dental damage. We then create a personalized treatment plan to address the issue. If we decide on a crown, we will remove structure from the tooth and then take a series of digital images, which we combine to create a 3D impression. We then design and craft the new restoration in a dental lab setting. When the restoration, whether full or partial, is ready, you will return to the office. We then place it with a powerful bonding agent, and with proper care and attention, it could last for decades to come. If you have any questions about repairing smiles, then contact our team today.


MMC Dental is ready to ensure you enjoy a smile that is bright, attractive, and healthy too. To learn more about repairing a tooth with a lifelike dental restoration, then start by scheduling your next appointment at MMC Dental in Houston, TX by calling 713-926-8896.