If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, a crown can help to restore your smile to its former glory. Also known as caps, crowns strengthen weakened teeth, providing additional support and stability, as well as esthetic benefits.
A dental crown is a type of restoration, which is used to support and restore a tooth that has been damaged or weakened as a result of an infection, decay, trauma or a dental injury. Crowns are sometimes called caps because they sit over the top of the natural tooth structure. Once a crown is in place, the tooth will be much stronger, the risk of infection will be lower, and the smile will also look more attractive. You may be advised to have a crown if you have had root canal treatment, your tooth is severely fractured or chipped, or you have had a single dental implant fitted to replace a missing tooth.
At Dental Partners of Boston, we use a simple, step by step process to place beautiful, bespoke crowns. The procedure involves:
There are various options when it comes to dental crowns in Boston. At Dental Partners of Boston, we’re always keen to invest in the latest technology, and we’re delighted to be able to offer our patients same-day restorative treatment thanks to CEREC. CEREC technology enables us to manage every aspect of restorative treatment in-house. Rather than sending off impressions and awaiting the finished article, we can design, manufacture and fit new crowns at our office. Rather than waiting around 2 weeks for treatment to be completed, CEREC affords single-session treatment. CEREC computer technology designs new crowns based on detailed camera images and then sends the 3D templates to the on-site milling machine. In a matter of minutes, the bespoke crown will be ready to fit. With CEREC, the speed of treatment is accelerated significantly, there’s no need for putty molds, and you don’t have to use temporary crowns.
All-porcelain crowns are an ideal option for patients who are looking for the finest, most natural looking esthetics. All-porcelain crowns are designed to blend in perfectly with healthy, natural teeth to create a stunning smile. The shade of the crown will be matched to your natural tooth color.
At Dental Partners of Boston, we’re committed to providing our patients with optimum standards of care, and we’re thrilled to offer PROCERA ALLERCAM crowns. These crowns offer a host of benefits, including:
Your teeth are made from extremely tough materials, but they’re not invincible. The tooth structure can be damaged as a result of injuries or accidents, and decay, infection, and gum disease can also impact the strength of the teeth. If you have a decayed or a damaged tooth, a crown can help to restore the tooth, enabling you to regain optimum oral function and to enjoy esthetic benefits. With a crown in place, the risk of further damage is reduced significantly.
Typically, a dental crown should last for around 15 years, but it’s not uncommon for crowns to last a lot longer. If you take good care of your crowns, you may find that they can last 20, or even 30 years. Although crowns are durable and tough, they’re not immune to damage, so it’s essential to protect them and look after them as best you can. If there are signs of wear and tear, or the crown is cracked, for example, your dentist may recommend replacing the crown. Your Dental Partners of Boston dentist will check your crowns and any other restorations, for example, fillings, every time you have a routine check-up.
When you have a dental crown fitted, your dentist will provide information and advice about how to look after your crown. Although the material used to create the crown cannot become decayed or rotten, the area of the crown that joins the natural tooth structure and the gum line can be vulnerable to plaque. You should look after your crowned tooth in the same way as your other teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, taking great care to clean the gum line. Use a brush with a small head to reach right into the corners, and set a 2-minute timer to ensure you achieve a thorough clean. Be gentle when you brush, as brushing too firmly can damage the enamel. Cover every tooth, taking care to move the head so that you clean every surface. Use floss or interdental brushes to remove bacteria and food debris from the gum line and the cracks between the teeth. We also recommend booking frequent dental check-ups and keeping an eye on your mouth. If you experience dental pain, you notice spots of blood when you brush, or your tooth feels weak, don’t hesitate to get in touch. It’s always best to get potential problems checked out as quickly as possible.
If you think you may need new or replacement dental crowns in Boston, why not contact us and book an appointment today? Our friendly Dental Partners of Boston dental team will be happy to provide more information about dental crowns and answer any questions you have.
Maria E. Cardenas
Michael G. O’Toole