There are many reasons a dental crown may be needed including to protect a weak tooth from breaking, restore a tooth that is already broken, support and cover a tooth with a large filling when there is little tooth left, hold a dental bridge in place, or cover a tooth that has had a root canal. A tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth, a dental crown restores a tooth’s shape, strength, and size, and improves its appearance. A dental crown is a type of dental restoration used at our Attleboro dental office that completely cups over a tooth and is permanently cemented into place, becoming your tooth’s new outer surface. Not only does it function like any natural tooth but it should be cared for the same, as well.
Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal alloy or a combination of both and Dr. Arkady Naiman will consult with you to explain his recommendation. A dental crown, however, offers a big advantage over a dental filling because of the way it’s constructed. Using molds of your teeth, crowns are made in a dental lab by a dental technician. Dental fillings are built right in your mouth by placing the filling material directly upon your tooth and you may not get that perfect tooth shape or feel as you would with a crown. Made in a lab, dental crowns are made of either porcelain baked on to metal, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed. Porcelain is a material that best matches the color of your natural surrounding teeth.
The more traditional method to prepare a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits to our Attleboro dental office. At the first visit, Dr. Naiman may take a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth and surrounding bone. Before the process of making a crown begins, Dr. Naiman will numb the tooth then file it down to make room for the dental crown. The amount of tooth removed depends on the type of crown you are getting. After reshaping the tooth, your dentist will use a paste or putty to make an impression of the tooth receiving the crown. A temporary crown is made, usually of acrylic, to cover and protect the tooth while the crown is being made. At the second visit to our Attleboro dental office, Dr. Naiman will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If everything is looks and fits perfectly, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and your new crown is permanently cemented in place.