Our goal is to provide dentistry that blends in with your other teeth or enhances the appearance of your teeth. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Where damage to a person’s teeth is extreme, and apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain or zirconia crowns to make the smile appear as new. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. Crowns are used for repairing the most severe of dental problems, such as a large fracture on a tooth or replacement of a large existing filling which may be failing. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. It is usual for these treatments to last for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal. Avoid chewing gum or other sticky foods that could pull your temporary crown loose. Contact our office if your temporary crown comes off.
On the subsequent visit, usually without anesthetic, we will remove the temporary crown and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you will have a new beautiful looking tooth. If you are experiencing any problems with your bite after a crown is inserted, please contact our office for an adjustment.
What are the capabilities of crowns?
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.