If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, a crown can help 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.
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What exactly is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a type of restoration dentists 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. Your dentist may advise you to get a crown if you have had root canal treatment, your tooth is severely fractured or chipped, or you have had a single dental implant.
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Placing a Dental Crown
At Dental Partners of Boston, we use a simple, step by step process to place beautiful, custom crowns. The procedure involves:
- X-rays: your dentist will X-ray your mouth to determine the degree of damage to the affected tooth and take a closer look at the area surrounding the tooth.
- Numbing the tooth and gums: before the dentist places a crown, the dentist will numb the gum tissue and the affected tooth using anesthesia to prevent discomfort.
- Filing and shaping the tooth: to allow for a perfect fit, the dentist will shape and file the tooth.
- Placing the crown: the dentist will place the crown over the natural tooth structure and secure it firmly using dental adhesive.
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All-porcelain crowns are an ideal option for patients 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 match your natural tooth color.
PROCERA® ALLERCAM Crowns
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:
- Beautiful, natural looks
- Enhanced strength: the core of the crown is comparable to titanium in terms of strength
- Biocompatible material
- Very low risk of allergic reactions due to the absence of metal alloys
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The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Your teeth are made from extremely tough materials, but they’re not invincible. A tooth can become damaged as a result of injuries, decay, infection, or gum disease. All these can impact the strength of your teeth. If you have a decayed or a damaged tooth, a crown can completely restore the tooth and regain optimum oral function and esthetics. With a crown in place, the risk of further damage reduces significantly.
How Long Will A Crown Last?
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 every time you have a routine check-up.
Taking Care of Dental Crowns
When you have a dental crown, your dentist provides information and advice about how to care for your crown. Although the material to create the crown cannot decay or rot, the area of the crown that joins the natural tooth structure and the gum line is vulnerable to plaque as with any tooth. 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 soft-bristled 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. Brush 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 scheduling frequent dental check-ups and keeping an eye on your hygiene. 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.
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If you think you may need new or replacement dental crowns in Boston, contact us and schedule 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.