A dental crown can safeguard your tooth and help you maintain a healthy smile for years to come. At Dental Arts of Boston, MA, we regularly help patients restore strength and function to severely weakened or damaged teeth with dental crowns. Crowns may be the right solution if you have a fractured tooth, underwent a root canal, or are interested in dental implants.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are customized appliances designed to fit the entire impaired tooth structure. They can help repair a broken or failing tooth that has been compromised and cannot be fixed with a filling. Crowns can also reinforce the strength of your teeth while making them look aesthetically pleasing. They can be made of porcelain, ceramics, metals, porcelain fused to metal and composites.
How Can Dental Crowns Help?
A crown can completely cover weak or broken segments of a fractured or cracked tooth. This can safeguard the tooth from future damage.
While minor cavities can be addressed with dental fillings, more extensive decay requires an advanced restoration like a dental crown.
Surface stains can be addressed with teeth whitening. However, severe enamel discoloration may require a crown for optimum results.
Crowns can provide additional strength for teeth that have large fillings or teeth that have been cured with root canal treatment.
Patients wishing to replace missing teeth with dental implants will need to have their implants covered with dental crowns for full function.
Patient came in with bridgework from a previous dentist and was treated for inflamed gums.
The Process for Getting a Crown
Crown placement can be done in two office visits. Our dentist will prepare the affected tooth during the first appointment by removing some enamel structure to make room for the new restoration. Then we will take impressions of the prepared tooth to fabricate your new crown. At this stage, we will make sure to color-match your crown with the existing natural teeth. Meanwhile, we will fix a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.
The second visit entails fitting the final crown. We will conduct a bite test to check its fit. Once everything is satisfactory, we will bond the crown using dental adhesives.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Brush and floss your teeth daily. Be sure to select nonabrasive products that do not contain harsh ingredients, which could damage your crowns.
Protect Your Smile
Constant grinding and clenching can cause enamel erosion and wear over time. If you suffer from bruxism, wear an oral appliance to protect your teeth from damage.
Regular Dental Visits
Dental exams and cleanings are essential for long-term health. Our dentist will assess your tooth and crown to ensure they are in peak condition.
To learn more about our dental crown restorations, visit our Dental Arts of Boston office at 26 Marlborough St Dental Suite, Boston MA, 02116. You can also reach us at (617) 266-0441.