A dental crown can be the right choice to reproduce the appearance and function of a tooth damaged by decay or trauma.
The crown replaces the external portion of the tooth down the gums in order to help preserve the appearance of the patient’s smile and function.
Dental crowns are bonded to a tooth in order to help restore oral health and to help improve the appearance of your smile. At Metrowest Dental Care, we often recommend a dental crown to patients whose teeth don’t have enough healthy enamel to support a filling or to top off a dental implant.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” made of porcelain that is placed over a tooth to help restore its shape, strength and size. A dental crown can be the right choice to recreate the appearance and function of a tooth damaged by decay or trauma.
The crown replaces the external portion of the tooth down the the gums in order to help preserve the appearance of the patient’s smile.
Our Ashland dental team may recommend a crown to:
- Cover a dental implant
- Restore a broken or worn tooth
- Protect a tooth, weakened from decay, from breaking
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
- Support a tooth with a large filling
- Reinforce a tooth after being treated with root canal therapy
Cracks and decay on teeth can lead to tooth loss if not addressed quickly. The solutions will depend on the size and the location of the cavity. Dr. Alptekin, using his Fotona Erbium laser, targets only the diseased area of the tooth and helps his patients preserve more of the healthy enamel. The use of lasers also forms a microscopically favorable surface for long term retention of the restorations.
Old fillings on teeth cause cracks. If the crack lines are identified early the tooth should be treated to prevent the actual fracture of the tooth, which leads to unpredictable and lengthy treatment options.
Broken Tooth Due To Old Mercury Restoration
Is A Dental Crown The Right Choice For Me?
Most people are ideal candidates for a crown. This dental procedure can improve the appearance of a damaged tooth while also restoring the tooth’s natural function. After a dental crown is placed, most patients are able able to enjoy chewing without pain and be able to smile with confidence.
Below are some pictures of our patient's teeth before dental crowns and their beautiful smiles after dental crowns.
How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?
Digital technologies combined with today’s dental materials, like Zirconia, help us custom craft extremely durable and aesthetically beautiful dental crowns. While we expect them to last 10-20 years, crowns should be treated just like your natural teeth, so regular hygiene visits and checkups at our Metrowest Dental Care are important! Longevity depends on the individual’s use, habits, and food choices.
What is Bonding?
Bondings are great short-term solutions for esthetic changes on the front teeth. You can achieve your dream smile by correcting small imperfections or restoring a broken tooth. Here are some examples.
Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Alptekin Today!
If you want to know if a dental crown could be the right solution for your smile, give our Ashland office a call. We’re always happy to answer any questions you have about crowns or any of the other services we offer.
A consultation with Dr. Alptekin is the perfect way to answer all of your questions and determine if a dental crown could be the best solution for your smile’s health!