When patients show signs of decay, have a broken tooth, need to restore a not-so-pearly white, or they want to achieve a more uniform smile, we may suggest putting in a crown to prevent further damage, restore the enamel’s appearance and promote overall dental health. At Brookside Dental Care, we offer several crown options, including CEREC digital technology that allows us to precisely place a crown in a single office visit.
During the restoration process, the device acts like a cap and is placed over a tooth to improve its size, shape or alignment. It may also be placed over an existing implant. The cap may be made from a variety of materials, ranging from porcelain to ceramic or metal. Porcelain and ceramic are often used to match the color of existing teeth. Metal or alloy materials are sometimes suggested for back teeth or for those who need a stronger material. At Brookside Dental Care, Dr. Hadian assists patients in determining the best choice based on the reasons for the cap. The cost, the level of decay and what patients want to aesthetically achieve are some of the factors in determining what material(s) to choose.
While there are different ways to make this restoration, a common method involves taking a dental impression of the area that needs to be restored. While the lab makes the device based on the imprint, Dr. Hadian and his team will fit you with a temporary crown. In approximately three weeks, you will return for the final fitting of your beautiful crown restoration. Those suffering from decay, or who need a restoration or want to have their teeth look more aligned, should consider looking into this method, as a crown ultimately achieves four major goals: It helps protect from further tooth decay, it improves overall oral health and well-being, it enhances your smile, and it ultimately gives the patient more confidence.
A couple of visits to the dentist for this restoration process pays off in the long run by showing off a more polished appearance and a stable bite. However, the number one reason a crown fails is because of new decay, so proper care and regular dental exams are very important. By following a proper oral health routine, which includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups, a crown can last for many years.
To learn more about dental crowns and whether you are a candidate for a crown, call Brookside Dental Care today, (610) 624-6070.