Dental crowns are versatile restorations that can address numerous different issues at once. They’re also an area of specialty for the experienced dentists at Advanced & Comfort Dentistry in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. If you’d like to learn more about how a dental crown can restore your smile, call today to book a visit, or schedule online in just a matter of moments.
A dental crown acts as a type of “cap” that completely covers all of the visible surfaces of your natural tooth. Crowns can perform many different tasks, and they’re one of the most common types of dental restorations.
At Advanced & Comfort Dentistry, you have options when it comes to the materials used to create your custom dental crowns. All-metal crowns are incredibly durable, while all-ceramic crowns are beautiful and natural-looking, but more expensive than metal. A good middle ground is ceramic-on-metal, which is both attractive looking and affordable.
Dental crowns can address many different dental problems, both cosmetic and functional. Some of the reasons people choose dental crowns include:
Dental crowns are also the visible portion of dental implants. These crowns are affixed to the implanted metal post and not connected to any natural tooth tissue.
During the initial visit, digital imaging may be done to obtain details about your tooth and bone structure. Your dentist then removes a portion of your tooth tissue to make room for the crown and prepare the tooth for better adhesion with the crown material.
Your experienced dental providers create a set of impressions to ensure your new crown is a perfect fit on the prepared tooth and creates a healthy bite. They place a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth while the dental lab fabricates your new crown.
Once the crown arrives from the lab, you’ll come back in and your dentist will check the restoration for appearance and fit. If everything looks and feels right, the crown is cemented into place, which completes the restoration.
A degree of soreness is normal for a day or two after having a new crown placed, but will quickly fade. Once in place, your crown will look and function much like your natural teeth, except it won’t be subject to decay.
To explore dental crowns and other restoration options in greater detail, call the office to book a visit, or schedule online in just a matter of moments.