Major dental problems require substantial dental care treatments. This is particularly true when the overall strength and integrity of a tooth is compromised. There are aesthetic issues as well as dental health issues that need to be addressed when it comes to major dental problems, which is where dental crowns come in.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are artificial caps that are fit over a tooth that has been severely damaged in some way. These caps will provide an aesthetic cover for an affected tooth and will also be able to protect the tooth from further damage. A person’s bite strength and appearance will be restored. When you meet with Boston cosmetic dentist Dr. James M. Stein, he will determine if dental crowns are the best treatment option to meet your needs.
The Dental Crowns Procedure
First you must come to our Boston cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentistry practice and are deemed a good candidate for dental crowns.
If you are considered a good candidate for treatment, then the procedure will first require that your tooth be prepared to receive the dental crown. This will mean the removal of compromised tooth material. An impression will then be made of the tooth so that the dental crown itself can be crafted in a dental lab. A temporary crown will be placed while the custom dental crown is being created.
When you return to the practice for your permanent dental crown, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be set. Final adjustments to the shape and appearance of the crown can be made before it is fixed in place with a dental cement.
Uses for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are ideal for major tooth decay or tooth damage that is too substantial for other dental care treatments. In terms of tooth decay, the amount of compromised tooth material needs to be pretty severe to qualify for dental crowns. For chipped teeth or cracked teeth, the same consideration applies.
Why Dental Crowns May Not Always Be Used
Ideally we want patients to maintain as much natural tooth structure as possible. The more natural tooth structure that remains, the better your dental health will be going forward. This is an approach that almost all dentists share when it comes to effective treatment.
Alternatives to Dental Crowns
If you have decayed or damaged teeth, there are plenty of other options to consider. For minor chips and cracks, Boston porcelain veneers or tooth bonding may be ideal for your needs. If you have substantial tooth decay that is too much for a dental filling to fix, then inlays and onlays may be best for you. The exact dental treatment that would be best for your needs will be determined during your visit to the office.
Learn More About Your Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry Options
If you would like more information about dental crowns and how they can be of benefit to you, be sure to contact our Boston cosmetic dentistry practice today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing your various dental care goals.