August 1, 2018
It doesn’t matter what caused it — if you are dealing with a broken or damaged tooth, you need to find a sturdy solution ASAP. Dental crowns in Framingham are a common restorative solution for broken, cracked, or otherwise structurally flawed teeth anywhere in the smile. Keep reading to learn more about crowns, including what the process for getting one is like and how you can ensure your crown lasts for years and years to come.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a thin restoration that is custom-created to fit securely around a broken or otherwise imperfect tooth. This treatment can be used to restore the form and function of a tooth located anywhere in the smile. Crowns are permanent restorations that cannot be removed except by your dentist using special tools. They can be made from one of several materials, depending on your needs, budget, and personal preference — like natural-looking porcelain/ceramic, metal alloys, or gold. You will have the chance to fully discuss your options with your dentist to ensure that you are prepared to make the best decision for your smile.
What Can Dental Crowns Fix?
A dental crown can be used to correct a number of issues that can affect teeth. Some of the most common applications for crowns include:
- Broken teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Weak or worn down teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
- Replacing a leaking or broken filling
- Replacing missing teeth (when retained by a dental implant)
What Is the Process for a Crown?
Dental crowns can be completed in a single appointment or over the course of two visits to your dentist. CEREC technology is a method of creating same-day crowns, but this is only possible for porcelain crowns. If you prefer or require a metal or gold crown, expect the process to take place over the course of two appointments. A temporary restoration will be worn in between the visits to protect the prepared tooth.
How Can I Take Care of a Crown?
A dental crown can stay sturdy and function properly for decades with proper care and maintenance. Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly, concentrating on the area at the base of the crown to prevent plaque and bacteria buildup. If the crown is in the front of the mouth, be careful not to bite directly into hard or crunchy items. Notify your dentist right away if you experience an issue with your dental crown.
There you have it — crowns are often a great option for broken or otherwise damaged teeth. They treat your smile like royalty! If you are dealing with a toothache or injury, don’t wait to get in touch with your restorative dentist in Framingham to find a solution.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Mark Fried is a general dentist offering comprehensive dental services for families and friends in Framingham, MA. To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment for superior restorative dentistry, you are invited to contact the office at 508-872-9339.
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