Tooth crowns act as dental caps to cover dental implants, tooth wear, and extensive areas of dental damage. Crowns are made of durable porcelain ceramic that easily blends in with the smile. Compared to crowns that may be made of metal materials, our porcelain ceramic crowns look and feel more like natural teeth.
Our professional dental team can provide patients with dental crowns in Newtown, PA. Patients with worn or weakened teeth, as well as tooth discoloration or damage, benefit from dental crowns. As a dental restoration, tooth crowns help improve the look and form of teeth.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Before the dental crown procedure, one of our dentists will prepare the teeth receiving the crown by etching the tooth enamel. This ensures that the dental crown fits comfortably onto the natural tooth. Then, we take a dental impression of the teeth in order to precisely fabricate the dental crown.
The crown is crafted in a dental lab using our exact specifications. Once the dental crown is complete, we permanently attach it to the tooth.
Patients who receive dental implants before the dental crown procedure must wait for their implants to heal and fuse with the jawbone. After this process, we can cap the abutment that connects the implant post to the custom dental crown.
Dental Crown FAQs
If you want to know more, read answers to frequently asked questions about crowns and related treatments below:
What are inlays and onlays?
Similar to both dental crowns and tooth fillings, inlays and onlays are porcelain restorations applied to the tooth surface. Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays can cover extensive areas of tooth damage. Inlays cover the area between the sides of the tooth, while onlays can reach over the tooth cusps. Because inlays and onlays are made of porcelain, they can blend in with the shade of natural teeth.
How can I care for my dental crowns?
Just like with natural teeth, patients can maintain their dental crowns by gently brushing and flossing. Patients should keep up with a good oral hygiene routine as the natural teeth underneath dental crowns are still prone to decay. Immediately after patients receive their dental crowns, they should refrain from eating hard or sticky foods. Although durable and strong, brand-new dental crowns are susceptible to damage.
Is the dental crown treatment painful?
No, the dental crown treatment is not painful. We use a local anesthetic to numb the area and ensure that patients do not feel any pain during treatment. Additionally, when we prepare natural teeth for crowns, we do not damage the enamel or cause tooth pain. Preparing the natural tooth enamel ensures a precise end result.
Is it better to get a crown or pull the tooth?
In cases where a dentist can save a tooth, a crown may be a better option. It preserves the natural tooth structure and function. A crown can last many years and protect the damaged tooth from further decay. However, if you are suffering from severe tooth damage or decay, and there is a risk of infection spreading, extraction may be necessary.
When does a patient need a tooth crown?
A patient may need a dental crown to restore a tooth’s strength and function. For instance, if a patient needs to restore a tooth that has severe decay or needs to replace a large filling, a crown is a great option. A tooth crown is also a good option for someone that needs to protect a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment. Ultimately, a dentist will recommend a tooth crown when they determine it is the best course of action for the individual patient’s needs.
How long do tooth crowns last?
The lifespan of a dental crown varies based on the material the dentist used, the location of the tooth, and the patient’s oral hygiene habits. Dental crowns can last 5 to 15 years or more with proper care and maintenance. If a tooth crown becomes damaged or loose, your dentist will need to replace it earlier than expected. Regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits, can help to ensure the longevity of tooth crowns.
Request a Dental Appointment Today
Do you need one or more dental crowns? Contact the Dentists of Newtown by calling 267-692-2394. Schedule a dental consultation with our team on our website. Please let our team know if you have further questions or concerns. They will be happy to help you at your next appointment.