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.