Do you have tooth damage sustained from a physical injury? Are your broken or fractured teeth causing sensitivity or pain? Strengthen your smile with dental crowns at Perfect Smiles in Bensalem, PA. Tooth crowns are a restorative dentistry treatment that fully covers teeth or dental implants like a cap.
Dental crowns are typically made out of porcelain ceramic. Because of this, tooth crowns can easily blend in with other natural teeth for a seamless end result. Our office provides same-day dental crowns for the convenience of our patients.
Dental Crowns with CEREC
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) is a treatment method that we use to create dental crowns. CEREC uses CAD/CAM technology, which stands for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. This means that we can design and create tooth crowns in our dental office. Now, patients do not need to wait for weeks to receive their cosmetic restorations.
To begin treatment with CEREC, we remove a small portion of the enamel to ensure the crowns fit properly. Then, we take digital scans of the teeth. These scans translate to 3-dimensional images, which are used as a template for the milling machine. Once the tooth crowns are complete, we secure them over the treated teeth. We will ensure they are in the right shape and shade before polishing them for a high shine.
The Uses of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile things a dentist has in their arsenal. They take care of both cosmetic and restorative dental concerns. Professional teeth whitening usually treats discolored teeth. But not all discoloration responds to this treatment. Deeper staining from medication or a tooth discolored by trauma needs a different solution. We color-match dental crowns to the shade of white you desire. They completely cover the discolored tooth from view.
Misshapen teeth can be both a cosmetic and restorative issue. Not only can they be something you want to hide aesthetically, but they can impact function. Depending on where the misshapen tooth is in the mouth and what the defect is, it can impact your ability to talk or chew. A dental crown matches the shape and size of the rest of your teeth, blending in naturally with your smile.
Crowns are great at stabilizing teeth. When you get a root canal, we remove the dental pulp and replace it with a biocompatible material. Though it’s filled in, it still isn’t the most stabilized. A dental crown restores full tooth function and keeps the tooth sealed off from further infection. Crowns are often the last resort to salvage teeth that are severely decayed or damaged, too. This prevents the consequences that come with extracting a tooth.
Crowns are ideal to assist with dental restorations. They’re the most natural choice to complete a dental implant so that it looks and feels like a real tooth. Crowns are also great at assisting your natural teeth when they’re the anchors for dental bridges. They help protect your natural teeth from the wear and tear of supporting that dental bridge.
Dental Crown FAQs
Read the answers to frequently asked questions that many patients have about crowns and treatment with dental crowns here:
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Our dental team will help determine if dental crowns are the right restoration for your needs. Before each restorative or cosmetic treatment, our team ensures that patients have good oral health. We will examine the teeth and gums for signs of infection or instability. Dental crowns can become loose if the teeth or implants beneath the crown are unstable. If needed, we can provide patients with additional treatment to prepare them for their crowns.
What are inlays and onlays?
Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays are similar to dental fillings and crowns. This is because they protect the biting surface of the tooth. They are solid pieces of porcelain or composite resin that can cover cavities or areas of tooth damage. Inlays cover the biting surface of the tooth between its sides or cusps. Onlays cover the entire top of the tooth, including the cusps.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. The longevity of your dental crown depends on your oral health. Patients still need to brush and floss between crowns, just like their natural teeth, to keep infection at bay.
Can a dentist remove dental crowns?
Yes, a dentist can remove a dental crown. The process requires professional tools and expertise to avoid damaging the underlying tooth. If your crown is causing discomfort, your dentist can safely remove it. Whether adjusting the existing crown or creating a new one, your dentist will work with you to ensure the best outcome for your tooth. If you have any concerns about your dental crown, don’t hesitate to contact a dentist.
Can you brush your teeth after getting a crown?
Yes, you can and should brush your teeth after getting a crown. Good oral hygiene is crucial to protect the remaining tooth structure and gums. Be gentle around the new crown for the first few days, especially if your mouth or gums are still tender. It would be best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
Do gums recede after a dental crown treatment?
Gum recession isn’t a typical side effect of getting a dental crown. However, if someone does not fit the crown properly, it can irritate the gums and potentially lead to recession. It’s also possible for gums to recede if you’re not maintaining good oral hygiene after a dentist places the crown. If you notice any changes in your gums after getting a crown, it’s important to talk to your dentist. A dentist can check to ensure your crown is fitting correctly and provide advice on caring for your gums.
Receive Dental Crowns Today
Do you want to add strength and durability back to your smile? Contact Perfect Smiles for treatment today at 215-770-1081. Feel free to schedule a dental appointment with our team on our website. If you have additional questions or concerns about your specific dental crown treatment, please let us know, and we will be happy to help you.