Damaged or decayed teeth should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further complications. Teeth that are too damaged for a conventional filling may require the placement of a dental crown. Using advanced diagnostic tools, our team at Elite Dental of Natick can determine whether or not you need a crown during your initial consultation.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap designed to cover the entire visible portion of a damaged tooth. Crowns are primarily used to restore a tooth’s structure, shape, size, and appearance. These days, dental crowns can be fabricated using a variety of materials.
Porcelain crowns are the most popular choice among patients. Porcelain is a ceramic compound the mimics the appearance of natural enamel. Patients that need a more durable option, with the same excellent aesthetics, can opt for zirconia crowns.
In the past, crowns were most commonly fabricated using silver or gold alloys. Metal crowns provide unmatched durability and longevity as they rarely chip, break, or wear down. For this reason, a metal crown may be an ideal and cost-effective solution for teeth that need to withstand the strongest pressures of your bite.
Reasons for a Dental Crown
We may recommend a dental crown for several reasons, some of which include:
Placing a Dental Crown
The dental crown procedure is usually broken up into two or three appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Bethany Polnar will prepare the tooth. To accommodate the size and shape of a crown, the underlying tooth must be completely reshaped. This includes the removal of both decayed and healthy enamel.
Once the enamel is properly prepared, we will take an impression of the tooth. Over the next few weeks, our dental technicians will use this impression to fabricate your final dental crown. In the meantime, we may place a temporary restoration to protect the tooth.
At a follow-up appointment, we will remove your temporary, and place your final crown. Before the crown is cemented into place, we may need to check the margins and make last-minute adjustments. A properly fit crown prevents problems with your bite and improves aesthetics.
Care and Maintenance of a Dental Crown
After we place your crown, Dr. Bethany Polnar will give you a set of care instructions. Most crowns, regardless of type, can be treated just like your natural teeth. However, we also suggest paying special attention to the tooth during your daily oral hygiene regimen. Crowns can sometimes trap bacteria and plaque underneath the appliance, especially with poor brushing and flossing techniques.
Besides brushing and flossing every day, regular visits to our office are a must. Most people should receive exams and cleanings about twice a year. Your appointments are also an excellent opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns.
Schedule Your Consultation Now!
Don’t neglect your oral health! If you think you may be experiencing a problem with a particular tooth, it may be time to visit our office. Call (508) 319-9339 to schedule your consultation now!