Do you have one or more teeth that are suffering from injury, decay, or general wear and tear? A customized dental crown may be the ideal way to revitalize a damaged tooth. At Torrington Dental Care, we are proud to offer porcelain dental crowns that blend in beautifully with natural teeth. The results feel and appear remarkably lifelike. Every crown we provide is custom-made for each patient to produce functional, aesthetically pleasing results.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations. They fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth to strengthen it and protect it from damage and restore its form and function. Crowns can be made out of various materials, including different types of metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). In our practice, we favor all-porcelain crowns because they offer superior aesthetics and outstanding durability. Porcelain is also an excellent choice for patients with metal sensitivities.
Dental crowns have the potential to provide several outstanding benefits. For example, they can work alongside root canal therapy to save a damaged tooth from extraction. They can also function as part of a fixed bridge to replace a missing tooth altogether. Porcelain or PFM crowns even offer remarkable aesthetics and can improve the overall appearance of your mouth. Dental crowns are sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of everyday eating. In most cases, they last for at least 10 years before replacement becomes necessary.
Do you suspect that you may need a dental crown? When you visit us for a consultation, we will carefully evaluate your oral health and recommend a treatment. We may recommend a dental crown for any of the following reasons:
In many cases, we are able to provide start to finish dental crowns right here in our office. First, our team will use local anesthetic to make sure you are comfortable. Then, your dentist must prepare the tooth by removing a portion of its enamel. This step helps to ensure that the new crown fits well and will not interfere with your natural bite. After the tooth is ready, we will use advanced digital impression technology to scan the tooth and the dentition around it. We use that data to design your custom crown. Then, we put our advanced E4D technology to work. It includes an in-practice milling unit that can create a brand-new restoration our of high-quality dental porcelain in mere hours. After the crown is ready, we will verify that it fits perfectly before we permanently place it in your mouth.
If you opt for a metal or PFM crown, the process is a bit different. You will have to wear a temporary crown while a dental laboratory creates the crown. Then, you will come back for a second appointment, wherein we will place the crown on your tooth.
The cost of your dental crown will depend on the material it is made out of and other factors. Many dental insurance plans do offer coverage for crowns — in most cases, insurance covers about half the cost of a crown. If you need financing to help you pay for the balance of our treatment, our team will be happy to assist you. Keep in mind that a high-quality crown can save you money in the long-term because it can prevent the need for an extraction and later tooth replacement.
To learn more about dental crowns, please contact us in Torrington, CT. We are happy to see patients from Burlington, New Hartford, Harwinton, Goshen, Bantam, Winstead, Litchfield County, and beyond.
If you need a dental crown, our Torrington team is ready to serve you. Before you book a restorative consultation, though, you might be eager to learn more about the road ahead. To help you gather information, we have put together a list of FAQs about this treatment. If your questions are not addressed here, give us a call. We will be happy to speak with you.
Crowns can be constructed out of various materials. For example, some dentists offer metal crowns, which may be made out of silver, gold, nickel, palladium, or chromium. Metal crowns are quite durable, but many patients dislike the way they look. Some crowns have a metal base and a porcelain overlay. These porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns are both durable and attractive. However, they can develop a dark line at the base after several years of wear and tear.
Here at Torrington Dental Care, we prefer porcelain crowns because they look and feel as lifelike as possible. They are so natural-looking that no one may ever be able to tell that your smile had to undergo some restorative work.
Crowns have an average life expectancy of 5 – 15 years. Of course, how long your crown lasts will depend on a few different factors, including what it is made out of and how you care for it. You should stick to a thorough oral hygiene routine, regularly visit us for cleanings and checkups, and avoid bad habits like smoking and nail-biting.
To find out for sure if a crown needs to be replaced, you should consult with your dentist. After a visual examination and some X-rays, they can determine if your restoration is nearing the end of its usefulness.
Here are some indications that you might need to schedule an appointment:
During the tooth preparation process, your dental team should numb your mouth so you feel little to no discomfort. If you have a sensitive mouth or struggle with dental anxiety, it may be possible to sedate you as well. Once your crown is in place and the local anesthesia has worn off, you may notice an increase in sensitivity. Usually, this issue wears off within a few days.
Keep in mind that any discomfort you experience during the treatment process will be well worth it. A crown may prevent some severe toothaches!