Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

dental crownsBaystate Dental offers dental crowns to cover discolored or badly shaped teeth and restore them to their normal shape and size. As a result, your teeth will grow stronger and your smile will become healthier. When used to attach bridges, dental crowns can protect your weak teeth, preventing them from breaking further. They are also a necessary addition to implants, covering them to ensure a natural-looking smile.

What Is a Dental Crown?

Crowns cover a tooth to give it a new surface, renewed strength and functionality. As a result, they can prolong a tooth’s life. At Baystate Dental, we offer a range of crowns, including all-porcelain crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns, zirconia crowns, and gold crowns. One of the most popular choices with Baystate Dental patients is porcelain-tooth crowns which blend naturally with your other teeth and, therefore, are highly recommended for a radiant smile.

Why Get Dental Crowns?

Besides restoring a tooth damaged or restored by an old metal filling, dental crowns are added on top of a root canaled tooth or as the final restoration on top of a dental implant. They can also:

  • Repair a damaged tooth
  • Change the look of a tooth that has been severely discolored
  • Restore a misshapen tooth
  • Anchor a dental bridge
  • Strengthen the tooth

What Takes Place During a Dental Crown Procedure?

You will need at least two office appointments to restore your tooth with a crown. During your first visit, your dentist will perform the following steps:

  1. Your tooth and surrounding area will be numbed with a topical and local anesthetic.
  2. All traces of tooth decay will be removed.
  3. The tooth will be shaped to securely hold the crown.
  4. A precise impression (mold) of your teeth will be created and sent to the dental laboratory.
  5. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth while the laboratory crafts a permanent crown. This process can take one to two weeks.

On your second visit, your temporary crown will be removed and the new permanent crown will be fitted. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the fit, appearance and bite, the crown will be permanently cemented in place.

To save time, however, you can opt for the latest dental technology: Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC).  Some benefits of CEREC include:

  • Same day restoration in as little as 2 hours
  • Not having to wear a temporary crown or fitting
  • Digital mapping of the mouth
  • Multiple shades to choose from to match your natural tooth color
  • Made of high quality ceramic which can be modified in-office
  • Less prone to cracking than other types of crowns
  • Are non-invasive to the health of the tooth
  • Comfortable for even the most sensitive of teeth

If you have questions about dental crowns, get in touch with one of our experienced dentists at Baystate Dental by contacting one of our many locations you’ll find on the above menu or at the bottom of this page.

FAQ About Dental Crowns

What is the difference between a dental crown and a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a durable, functional way to eliminate the gaps caused by missing or broken teeth. It restores your ability to bite and chew normally while prolonging the tooth’s (or teeth’s) life. Dental bridges are usually supported by dental crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the space. Dental crowns can also be placed on separate teeth, completely independent of a bridge.

How long do dental crowns last?

A good dental crown will last between five and fifteen years. They can last even longer if you maintain good dental hygiene. Grinding or clenching your teeth or biting on hard things like pens or ice cubes can cause the crown to break or get damaged.

If I have a dental crown, when should I whiten my teeth?

If you are considering whitening your teeth, consider this procedure prior to having your dental crown made. Though porcelain crowns are not susceptible to tooth whitening agents, you can save on the second process as dental crowns can be made to match the color of your existing teeth.

What are the potential complications associated with dental crowns?

At Baystate Dental, we take the time and care to make sure that your dental crown is a perfect fit and to ensure that it is bonded correctly to your tooth. However, despite many precautions, the following issues have been known to arise in some patients:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Crown loosening
  • Chipping of the porcelain

If you have PFM crowns, the metal lining may start to show along the gum line after many years. It will look like a dark line where it has been exposed by gum recession. We can replace the crown at that point with either another PFM crown or an all-porcelain crown.

How should I take care of my dental crown?

Simply follow a good oral hygiene routine. You need to brush at least two times daily, floss at least one time a day, and use mouthwash regularly. You should especially be careful so as to not get food or bacteria beneath the crown or in the gums. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings will also help identify any problem areas that may develop over time.

How much do dental crowns cost?

The cost of dental crown placement depends on the material used on your tooth, the fees of the laboratory or the cost of the CEREC machine, and other services that are necessary to provide the best results. For example, if you need a root canal done, that cost will be added to your overall treatment. Do not worry about the costs of your treatment at Baystate Dental. In addition to accepting different dental insurance policies, we offer many ways to pay for your treatment in installments.

How are dental crowns made?

How your dental crowns are made completely depends on what kind of crowns you have. Each of the materials used for making these restorative caps requires a different set of procedures. Regardless of which type of tooth crown you have, though, the preparation work is the same.

How do I prepare for my crown?

Once you and your dentist have figured out what type of crown is necessary, your tooth will be cleaned. The dentist will remove decay, bacteria, and debris from your mouth first. Our experts use a digital camera for dental documentation and will take photos of the cleaned tooth and surrounding area just to be thorough. As for X-rays, these will be taken earlier during the diagnostic period to determine how healthy the tooth is before they start.

We will submit your dental data to the laboratory that will create your crown, unless we decide to make it in-house with our CEREC technology. While it is being made, we will give you a temporary crown so that you can eat normally.

If you have more questions regarding crowns contact our locations at BelchertownChicopeeEast LongmeadowGreenfield – Suite 6Greenfield – Suite 7LongmeadowLudlowNorthampton – King St,  Springfield – Harrison AveSpringfield – Main St #212Springfield – Main St #215WestfieldWest Springfield, and Wilbraham, Massachusetts.