If you have one or more decayed, worn down, or fractured teeth, you might be a good candidate for dental crowns. Crowns restore the structure and function of your teeth, as well as greatly improve the appearance of your smile. Our team of professionals at Central Dental Specialists values not only the aesthetics of your smile, but your overall dental health.
Why Fix a Damaged Tooth?
Weak, damaged teeth are highly susceptible to breakage. Fractured teeth can be painful and affect your ability to speak and eat normally. They can also cause infections and abscesses if bacteria enter the damaged area, which may require tooth extraction to resolve. Over time, even missing a single tooth (as from an extraction) can have serious consequences to your dental health, such as jawbone deterioration, changes in your bite, tooth decay, and gum disease. Crowns prevent these issues from occurring, protect against further damage, and restore the appearance and function of your teeth.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Crowns are artificial “caps” that are placed over your weakened natural teeth. They strengthen and support the underlying teeth, allow you to chew normally, and prevent further damage to your natural teeth.
Crowns can be made out of a variety of materials. Metal is the most durable option, but its unnatural appearance is highly noticeable. For this reason, metal crowns are better for back molars, which are less visible but require a material that can endure hard biting forces. Resin is the most affordable, but also more fragile crown material, as it breaks easily. Some crowns are made of porcelain fused to metal, meaning the metal crown is covered with an outer coating of porcelain to appear more natural, but even this option is not as realistic-looking as ceramic. Ceramic crowns are the most popular type because they match your natural teeth in both color and shine, while also proving strong enough to endure normal biting and chewing. Ceramic is also hypoallergenic, whereas some people are allergic to the alloys in metal crowns.
Crown Placement Procedure
Getting dental crowns only requires two visits to our office. At your first appointment, we use a local anesthetic to prepare your affected teeth by shaving them down so the crowns will fit over them easily. We also take impressions that are sent to a lab to manufacture the crowns, and use a color guide to match the color of your natural teeth (for ceramic crowns). We will provide temporary crowns until your custom ones are ready. On your second visit, we make sure the fit and that the color of your new crowns is perfect before cementing them in place.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns have numerous important benefits for patients with weak, damaged, or decayed teeth. Crowns strengthen and hold together teeth, and prevent infections and abscesses from forming. They can cover up discrepancies in tooth size, shape, and color. They can also be used to replace large fillings, attach bridges, conceal screws from dental implants, and protect vulnerable teeth after a root canal.
Crowns do not require invasive surgery, and the placement process only takes two office visits. Crowns restore the natural function and appearance of your teeth, which will boost your self-confidence. Finally, crowns are easy to maintain, as you care for them exactly the same as for your natural teeth.
Dental crowns are an excellent treatment option for patients with damaged or decayed teeth. To learn more or set up a consultation with our team, call Central Dental Specialists at (781) 438-6618 today.