A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
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What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Protecting and Brightening Smiles in Sturbridge, MA
Dr. Arthur Balian helps his patients overcome instances of tooth decay through a variety of restorative dental services. One of the most effective, versatile ways to restore a tooth is with a crown. Balian Family Dental offers porcelain crowns to patients in Sturbridge, and the surrounding communities.
Locally Made for Effective Results
The quality of the crown you receive determines the effectiveness of your overall restoration. Our Sturbridge dental practice has carefully chosen the method by which we get your crown to you to better ensure the quality of your prosthetic.
The crowns our practice uses, along with our other restorations, are made in the United States. Balian Family Dental ships out the plans for your new crown to trusted dental lab, which fabricates your dental prosthetic. The fabrication and placement of your crown takes two weeks to complete.
When is a Crown Used?
Crowns are one of the most versatile dental restorations available, able to serve a few different purposes with equal effectiveness.
A crown is primarily used to restore a tooth whose structure has been worn away too much to survive without additional support, but not enough that the tooth cannot survive at all. Widespread decay on a tooth is the most common reason to add a crown, and this prosthetic would be added after the tooth undergoes root canal therapy. Additionally, crowns can be used as part of a dental implant in order to replace a single missing tooth.
Contact Us to Restore Your Smile
Balian Family Dental provides porcelain crowns in Sturbridge. These crowns are one of several cosmetic and restorative services Dr. Balian administers to his patients. For more information about how we can repair your smile, call or email our practice today.