- Cerec® Natural Looking One-day permanent crowns
- Composite Bonding
- Dental Crowns
- Fixed Bridges
- Dentures & Partial Dentures
- Dental Implants
- Dental Sealants
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Dental crowns or caps are a great way to protect and prolong the health of damaged teeth. While crowns are typically used to restore broken, cracked or heavily filled or decayed teeth, they can also be used to simply improve the esthetics of a smile.
They are used frequently to enhance teeth that didn’t form correctly during their development or for teeth that are in poor position or have been discolored through years of neglect or abuse.
A dental crown can be made from a number of different materials including metal, porcelain, composite or a combination of these materials. The specific choice of material will depend on several factors and will be discussed with you before a final decision is made.
Am I A Good Candidate for Dental Crowns?
We recommend crowns for the following situations:
- Broken teeth
- Cracked teeth
- A previously filled tooth where there is more filling than remaining tooth.
- A badly discolored tooth that cannot be satisfactorily whitened
- Under-developed or defective teeth
- Following root canal therapy. In most instances, a tooth should have a crown placed after root canal treatment to prevent breakage of the tooth. This is because most teeth needing root canal treatment are already badly damaged and in addition, the root canal treatment itself causes the tooth to become more brittle and more likely to crack or break.
When you visit our office, we will discuss with you which teeth may benefit from a dental crown and which type of crown would be best for your situation.
What Does A Typical Dental Crown Procedure Look Like?
Your crown treatment procedure will typically require two separate appointments. During your first visit, we will remove all the old or defective filling, any decayed tooth structure, then bond in a solid core material, and shape it to the proper form and capture it in a dental mold, followed by making and placing a temporary crown. During the second visit we’ll actually place your permanent dental crown.
After your first visit you will leave with a plastic temporary crown. It is important that you take care of it. You may brush and floss the area but we recommend that you do not chew hard, or very sticky foods on it to prevent your temporary crown from coming off.
Once you have the final crown seated you may return to normal chewing activities.
Your new crown should provide you with many years of function. However, to ensure this is the case, be sure to schedule regular dental visits at our office. If you have a high tendency to develop decay (cavities), your crown will not eliminate all possibility of further decay in that tooth. Daily brushing and flossing and a healthy diet, especially low in sugary or carbonated drinks, are also essential to getting the maximum longevity from not only your crown, but from the rest of your teeth as well.
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