About Dental Crowns
When a tooth is worn down, decayed, or damaged, it can often be protected with a dental crown. Also called a dental cap, a crown is custom-made to fit over a damaged tooth and shaded to match your natural teeth for a seamless finish. At Plymouth Dental Group, general dentist Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber places crowns to treat large cavities, rebuild broken teeth, restore cracked teeth, or mask discoloration. Dental crowns are also used to protect teeth that have been root canal-treated and restore (complete) a single dental implant for missing tooth replacement. To meet the unique needs and preferences of Plymouth and Kingston, MA patients, our practice is pleased to offer crowns in a range of materials, including all-ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all metal (such as gold). Make an appointment with Dr. Scheiber to find out how a dental crown can repair or strengthen a tooth while also boosting the total health and appearance of your smile.
When Are Crowns Recommended?
Dental crowns can be placed on the front or back teeth and may be recommended to treat a number of dental concerns:
- Moderate tooth decay
- Worn down or chipped teeth
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Root canal-treated teeth
- Misshapen or discolored teeth
- Replace old or damaged large fillings
- Complete single dental implants
Individual crowns can also be fused together to serve a bridge, replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental crowns are customized in the exact shape, size, and color to cover damaged teeth and rise in a natural way from the gumline. While all-ceramic crowns may be preferred for front teeth, porcelain with a metal substrate may offer greater durability for the chewing forces exerted upon the back teeth. During your consultation, Dr. Scheiber will explain your crown options and help you select the best material for your needs and cosmetic preferences.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
Crowns are typically placed within two office visits. To begin, Dr. Scheiber will numb the tooth and can provide sedation dentistry services to further enhance your comfort. He will then remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth structure and add a special material to help rebuild the tooth. An impression of the area will be taken and sent off to our dental lab for custom crown creation. A temporary crown will be placed to allow for normal function and appearance while your final crown is being made. We will have you return for a shorter second visit about 1 – 2 weeks later to remove your temporary and bond your new restoration in place or attach it to a previously placed dental implant. Dr. Scheiber will then adjust your bite as necessary to ensure an even bite.
Caring for Your New Crown
Unless sedation was used, you should be able to leave our office once your crown is placed to continue your daily activities. Our team will discuss the best way to care for your temporary and permanent dental crown, including the best way to keep it clean. During your annual exams at Plymouth Dental Group, Dr. Scheiber will assess your crown and monitor the health of the underlying tooth. When cared for properly with daily brushing and flossing and routine dental cleanings, your new crown may last for several years. If you have any trouble with your crown (it falls out or becomes loose), call our office right away for help. Please not try to repair it or put it back in yourself, as this can damage both your tooth and your dental restoration.
Depending on your individual dental insurance plan, a portion of your crown procedure may be covered. Our knowledgeable financial coordinator will help you maximize your coverage before calculating any remaining expenses. To help make treatment affordable for all patients, Plymouth Dental Group proudly offers a range of convenient payment options, including special patient financing.
Return Health to damaged teeth
Dental crowns are common restorative dentistry solutions that return function, health, and cosmetic appeal to the smile. At Plymouth Dental Group, Dr. Scheiber customized dental crowns from a variety of materials to treat an array of concerns, from tooth decay and discoloration to cracked or broken teeth. For crowns that blend naturally with your smile, get in touch with our Plymouth, MA practice and schedule your consultation today.