Dental crowns are the aesthetic dental solution for teeth that have suffered too much damage to be repaired with fillings, inlays, or onlays. This is a dental service that Dr. Weinstock provides to his patients that need it. Occasionally a tooth cracks or breaks because of tooth decay, teeth grinding, an accident, or other reasons.
When this occurs, Dr. Weinstock can repair the damaged tooth with a natural looking porcelain crown that will be virtually indistinguishable from surrounding teeth. A crown covers the entire tooth and is permanently bonded into place. It adds strength, aesthetics, and protection to teeth damaged. Our Philadelphia dentist office will use a crown to:
- Restore damaged, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Disguise discolored teeth
- Correct misshapen teeth
- Reinforce a tooth with a root canal
- Strengthen anchor teeth for dental bridge
- As a dental restoration with dental implants
Types of Dental Crowns
With traditional crowns, your dentist will place a porcelain “tooth” covers a metal cap on top of a tooth remnant. While this method is excellent for restoring strength and structure to damaged teeth, the edge of the metal cap can show at the gum line.
For this reason, Dr. Weinstock typically uses traditional porcelain-on-metal crowns only to repair back teeth. This way, patients can benefit from the added strength of the porcelain fused to the metal without having to worry.
When front teeth become damaged, all-ceramic crowns provide the ultimate in aesthetically pleasing tooth restoration. All-ceramic crowns not only accurately recreate the shape of the tooth but also have a superbly translucent appearance that makes them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Dr. Weinstock will customize your all-ceramic crown to compliment the color, size, shape, and texture of your surrounding teeth. Indeed, his precision and attention to detail ensure such natural-looking results that you may forget which of your teeth was repaired.
About Dental Crowns Process
Examination – Dr. Weinstock will conduct an examination of your teeth and overall dental health to determine if a dental crown is right for you. He will look for signs of decay, stress, and instability that could compromise the results. He will review with you your dental crown options and design a custom treatment plan to restore the tooth.
Tooth Preparation – The dental crown procedure will begin with Dr. Weinstock using local anesthesia to numb the tooth for your comfort. He will then prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown.
Dental Impressions – Next, he will take impressions of the prepared tooth that that dental lab will use to fabricate a comfortable, beautiful, and natural functioning crown. Your dentist will place a temporary cap on the tooth to protect it until the final restoration is ready. A dental laboratory will create your crown using the impressions and the chosen shade that will best match the rest of your teeth.
Placement of Final Restoration – Your custom-made dental crown will be ready in about two to three weeks. You will return to our Philadelphia dentist office for the final placement. Dr. Weinstock will remove the temporary cap and will then place your new crown. Once you and Dr. Weinstock are happy with the fit, look, and position of the crown, he will bond it to the tooth and polish it.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is it painful when the dentist prepares the tooth for a crown?
No, there is little discomfort during the procedure. Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic in preparation for your dental crown, so you should not experience anything different than receiving a dental filling.
Does a dental crown feel any different from a normal tooth?
Initially, you may notice some slight difference that will start to feel normal and less noticeable after a few days. If there are any problems with your bite due to receiving a dental crown, an adjustment can be made in a subsequent appointment.
Are there any special things that I need to do to care for my crown?
Your dental crown should last longer if you take care of it properly. Although the material that your crown is constructed from will not decay, you can still experience decay where the crown meets your tooth. So be sure to keep up with your normal oral hygiene routine and regularly brush and floss your teeth and crown just like it is a normal tooth.