Discover the many ways a dental crown can boost your oral health in Billerica.
Getting a dental crown can be a major boon to some of our patients dealing with a damaged tooth. A crown is a versatile restoration that can be a simple solution for a multitude of issues. From the office of our Billerica, MA, dentist, Dr. Kunio Chan, learn more about dental crowns and whether this restoration is right for you.
What is a dental crown?
This hollow, tooth-shaped dental restoration is uniquely fabricated to fit over a tooth to cover it completely. Once the crown is placed over the tooth it is cemented into place.
When might I want to consider getting a dental crown?
There are many scenarios in which getting a dental crown is a good idea:
- Covering and protecting a tooth that is weak due to trauma or decay
- To restore a tooth that is cracked, fractured or severely worn
- To support a tooth when a dental filling isn’t enough
- To improve the appearance of a severely misshapen or discolored tooth
- To secure a dental bridge
- To cover a dental implant
How is a tooth prepared for a dental crown?
Once you come in for a consultation getting a dental crown only takes about two visits. During the first visit we will take x-rays to check the health of the tooth and then we will need to shave down the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. Tooth preparation will be performed under local anesthesia.
Then we will apply a putty-like material over the tooth to take impressions. A dental lab will use these impressions and measurements to create your crown. While the crown is being made we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it.
During your second visit, we will apply the dental crown over the tooth. We will also check the bite and fit of the crown before we permanently cement it.
What are the different kinds of crowns?
There are several different types of dental crowns from which to choose. The type of crown you get will depend on several factors including budget, which tooth we are restoring, etc. Common crowns include:
- Porcelain or ceramic
- Composite resin
- Porcelain-fused to metal
- Metals (e.g. gold alloy)
If you want to discover more about these restorations and whether they are the ideal option for your smile then it’s time you turned to One Dental Care in Billerica, MA, for the care your smile deserves time and time again.