Teeth that are severely decayed or otherwise damaged can have a profoundly negative impact on your oral health.
Dr. James M. Stein is a prosthodontist in Boston, MA, who can provide a custom dental crown, which can be placed over the compromised tooth to restore the health, function, and aesthetics of your smile.
Why should you consider repairing your tooth with a crown?
The Top 3 Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
These dental restorations can repair damaged, decayed, or infected teeth and protect them from additional damage. By completely covering a weak or broken tooth, crowns can also restore balance to your bite.
Today's ceramic crowns are incredibly durable and built to withstand pressure from chewing and grinding your food. Most patients with crowns only visit the dentist for a replacement every 10 years or so.
Dr. James M. Stein is a prosthodontist who specializes in tooth replacement. He will carefully design a custom-made porcelain crown that matches the shade and shape of your teeth to blend in seamlessly.
These restorations are very versatile and can address many cosmetic and functional concerns...
Badly Decayed or Damaged Teeth
If a large cavity, crack, or other trauma has significantly damaged your tooth, a crown can strengthen its structure.
After a Root Canal Treatment
When you undergo treatment for an endodontic infection, the dentist will typically place a permanent crown.
Because porcelain looks and feels incredibly lifelike, many patients choose crowns to conceal stains and unevenly shaped teeth.
Missing or Extracted Teeth
If you have missing teeth due to gum disease or other causes, a crown supported by a dental implant can complete your smile.
Understanding Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are ceramic restorations that encapsulate damaged teeth. Shaped and colored like natural teeth, they restore the functionality and appearance of teeth that have been worn down by decay or disease, as well as those that have been severely damaged as a result of a trauma. By being placed entirely over top of affected teeth (this property has led many people to refer to crowns as caps), crowns help prevent the need for extraction and safeguard against further decay.
After it has been placed, the crown improves function and appearance while preserving the tooth structure underneath.
Your Initial Consultation
We would be happy to evaluate your oral health and discuss your goals with you in detail if you have one or more damaged teeth. At the dental practice of Dr. James M. Stein, we believe that an informed patient is a happy patient, and we take every measure to ensure that our patients are well-informed of their treatment options. If you are considering dental crowns and reside in the greater Boston area, you can trust our team to provide you with uncompromising care. To schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Stein, please contact our Boston dental office today.
Receive Your Restoration On the Same Day
The placement of crowns typically requires two appointments: the first to take an impression of the teeth and the second to place the crown. However, we can place dental crowns in just one appointment at our Boston dental office thanks to the use of the latest dental technology, including digital imaging and our CAD Single Visit Restoration system. This makes the procedure far more convenient for our patients and also allows us to ensure that the restorations meet exacting standards for fit and finish.
To begin the procedure, a small amount of tooth structure is removed. This is done both to ensure that any decayed or otherwise damaged material is removed before being covered by the prosthetic and to provide space for the dental crown. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a digital impression will be taken. This digital map of the tooth allows us to craft a customized dental crown with our E4D CAD/CAM restoration system. Fabricated from a single block of ceramic, the crown meets exacting specifications and the highest standards of quality. Once the fabrication is complete (the process typically takes less than an hour), the crown is placed over the affected tooth and bonded in place with dental cement. After it has been placed, the crown functions and looks just like a natural tooth and preserves the natural tooth structure underneath.
Pros and Cons of Dental Crowns
As with any dental treatment, the placement of dental crowns can improve the health and appearance of your smile, the benefits of which are self-evident. If you have experienced adverse symptoms as a result of damage to a tooth, the placement of a dental crown can eliminate these symptoms altogether, allowing you to enjoy life without having to fear that your teeth will inhibit you. And having a smile that you can be proud of can boost your self-confidence and make you more willing to participate in social settings.
It is important to mind the potential risks associated with dental crowns before making a decision regarding your oral health. In rare instances, bacteria buildup can occur beneath the dental crown, which can result in infection or decay, and if the crown isn’t placed correctly, it can cause discomfort as well as impair functionality. These risks can be greatly mitigated through experience and a conservative approach, however. If you choose to receive a dental crown at our Boston practice, you can be assured that we will work diligently to provide you with superlative results.