Worcester, MA dentist Dr. Robert Gauthier offers treatments for a wide range of cosmetic dental concerns. Dental crowns are one of the most widely used dental procedures. Tooth crowns can be used to treat:
- Misshapen teeth: Crooked and overlapping teeth can be capped with a crown to improve function.
- Discolored teeth: Severely stained and yellow teeth can be capped to protect them from further damage.
- Damaged teeth: Teeth that have gone through trauma and cracked due to an injury can be repaired.
- Decayed teeth: Large tooth cavities that need more attention than a dental filling procedure.
A dental crown is often used to strengthen a tooth that has either received a root canal or will serve as the anchor for a dental bridge. Dental crowns are can also be a part of a dental implant. The crown is secured to the titanium post which is surgically placed in the jaw.
Dental crowns can be fabricated from a variety of materials, depending on the location of the crown and the cosmetic goals of the patient. They can be made of a combination of metal and porcelain, or all ceramic. They are custom made to blend naturally with your smile as well as correct any cosmetic concerns such as the color and/or shape of the treated tooth.
The Dental Crowns Process
Initial Visit – Your Russell Street dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your overall dental health. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, we will look for signs of decay, stress and instability. these issues could compromise your results, so we want to address them before proceeding. This exam will help us design a personalized treatment plan that will restore you tooth to optimal health and function. Your dentist will discuss the various options you have for dental crowns and help you make the best choice.
Tooth Preparation – Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Gauthier will prepare the tooth or teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. A temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.
Final Restoration – In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Worcester, MA dentist office for the delivery appointment. Your Worcester, MA dentist will attach the dental crown, make any necessary adjustments, and secure it for a permanent fit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do dental crowns hurt?
No. The process will not hurt. In fact, it will relieve any pain from the affected area after you get the crown placed. You may experience discomfort before and after, but it is only temporary.
How long do dental crowns last?
With routine dental care and exams, they can typically last about 20 years. Brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, and use mouthwash to keep all of your teeth healthy and your dentist happy.
Can a permanent crown be removed and put back?
No. These permanent restorations should not be removed by anyone. It is very rare for a dentist to remove a perfectly good restoration. In cases where the crown has fallen out, do not try to put it back. Save it and contact your dentist immediately.
How long does it take to get a crown put on your tooth?
The initial visit and preparation process takes about an hour. The longest part is waiting for the anesthetic to take effect. There is a waiting period for the final restoration to be placed.
What not to eat with a crown?
We advise patients to wait 24 hours before eating anything sticky, and hard to bite. After a day or two, you can return to your normal diet without restrictions.