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General

Dentistry

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns place a protective “cap” over a damaged tooth. The restoration allows our patients to retain the ability to bite and chew with confidence. To better serve our patients, our office offers a wide range of dental crown options that can be fabricated from porcelain, metal, zirconia, and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM).

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Candidacy for Crowns


Crowns have many uses. The restoration is often used when fillings or pre-formed fillings (inlays and onlays) would be insufficient to restore structure to a damaged tooth.




Following a Root Canal


Crowns are also commonly placed following root canal treatment. Removing deep pockets of infection requires that one of our dentists drills a hole on the top of a tooth.




Following Invasive Procedures


Crowns offer an effective restoration following invasive procedures because the cap completely surrounds and protects the treated tooth. In many cases, crowns preserve a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted.




Trauma


Some of our patients may need a crown following trauma. If a tooth is seriously cracked or chipped, a crown can restore strength and structure to the damaged tooth. In most cases, preserving a natural tooth is preferable to tooth extraction because tooth roots stimulate jawbone health.




How are crowns placed?


Dental crown placement typically requires two visits to our office. During your first appointment, your tooth will be prepped. Placing a dental crown requires that a layer of natural tooth structure is removed. This step creates room for your crown and ensures that it does not protrude. After local anesthesia and possibly sedation are used, your dentist will use a drill to gently remove natural tooth structure. Once your tooth is prepped, digital impressions will be made. Our office works with a trusted dental lab that will fabricate your crown from a material that meets your specific needs. You will be fitted with a temporary crown while your final restoration is fabricated. Once your new crown arrives, one of our doctors will ensure that it is a perfect fit before cementing your crown in place.




​Aftercare and Maintenance


Caring for your new crown is straightforward. The underlying bone and surrounding soft tissues must be kept healthy. Good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day and flossing regularly can prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can compromise your crown. Crowns are strong but still susceptible to damage. Avoid using your crown to bite hard objects or tear open packages. Sticky foods can dislodge crowns while hard foods can damage them. Be mindful of what you eat, and treat your new restoration with the same care you would your natural teeth. With proper care and maintenance (including regular visits to our office for cleanings and checkups), your crown can last for 10 or more years. If your crown does become damaged or dislodged, one of our doctors can repair or reattach the restoration. Eventually, every crown will need to be replaced.





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