Dental crowns have changed the world of dentistry. At Barry J Cunha, DDS in Lexington, MA, they help us preserve and protect patients’ natural teeth. Additionally, they can also make teeth look better. Crowns fit like caps over teeth. A crown will cover the entire surface of a tooth, unlike a veneer that only covers the front surface.
A cracked, chipped, or damaged tooth can be covered with a crown. The crown won’t just protect it, but it will also make it look better. Large cavities that can’t be treated using fillings can often be treated using crowns. Getting a porcelain crown in Lexington, MA will require two trips to the dentist.
During the first visit, we’ll examine your teeth and determine the full extent of the damage. We might require dental x-rays to help us acquire a fuller view of your teeth. At Barry J Cunha, DDS, we also examine the affected tooth to make sure it doesn’t need root canal treatment. Root canal treatments have to be completed before crown placement.
Next, we’ll use a digital scanner or a mold to measure your teeth. Crowns are custom-made for each tooth and patient. This is to ensure that they fit properly, won’t damage other teeth, and won’t affect your bite. The measurements are sent to a lab for manufacturing.
The second visit is where patients get their permanent porcelain crowns after we receive them from the lab. Local anesthesia will be used so you don’t feel any discomfort while we place the crown. Following placement, we’ll ask you to bite to check for any irregularities. We can usually make minor modifications in the office.
There are almost no restrictions that come with getting a dental crown. Keep in mind, however, that dental crowns can stain. Try to minimize your intake of coffee, red wine, sodas, and cigarettes as these all darken teeth. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly. You’ll stop being conscious of your crown within a few days and it will feel like a normal part of your teeth and mouth.