Dental crowns are used to cover and protect teeth. A dental crown are indicated if a tooth has been severely damaged, if there is a large filling present, large areas of cavities are present or if you have a tooth that has a root canal in the back of the mouth. Dental crowns are also used to attach to dental implants, which allows for a tooth to be replaced in the area.
The types of materials can be all metal, porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain. These materials are usually determined based on your specific tooth and the potential limitations there may be. Traditionally, dental crowns are sent to a dental lab to be made and a temporary dental crown will be placed on your tooth until the dental crown is returned from the lab. Taher Family Dental has the option to make your dental crown the same day! Utilizing the technology of CEREC, your same day dental crown can be made out of an all-porcelain material and cemented permanently to your tooth during one visit.
If your dental crown does need to be sent to the dental lab, Taher Family Dental provides the convenience of an intraoral scanner that allows for digital impressions of your tooth. This means no more goopy impression material! You can rest assured we are very well equipped to take care of all your dental crown needs. Delivering a crown in this fashion typically takes two visits to complete. The initial visit is for the preparation of the tooth, which involves removing anything problematic (cavity, cracks, old fillings, etc.) and creating enough room for the crown material to be strong enough to maintain your bite. When you leave this visit, a temporary crown will usually be placed over your tooth to protect it until the permanent is returned from the lab. Once the permanent arrives, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is cemented in place.
Dental crowns still require good hygiene to ensure they last a long time. The interface between tooth structure and crown should be a smooth transition and seal off your tooth completely, but bacteria can still get under this area if you aren’t keeping the area clean. Another way to protect dental crowns is to use clear-style retainers or a nightguard to ensure that excess pressure at night doesn’t compromise the strength of the crowns.
Taher Family Dental has been serving Worcester county and the surrounding areas since the early 2000’s. If you are in need for a dental crown with the assistance of advanced technology, contact us to get scheduled!