Crowns can be used to strengthen compromised teeth, improve the appearance of teeth, or replace lost teeth in conjunction with a dental implant. These tooth-shaped caps are carefully crafted to look incredibly natural, yet provide the durability needed to bite and chew.
Our onsite dental lab allows Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to work closely with a ceramist to design lifelike, durable dental crowns within a matter of only a few days - a fraction of the time it takes to have a restoration created off site. To learn more about how our dental crowns can benefit your smile, please contactour Waltham, MA, office today.
FEATURED CASE: PORCELAIN CROWNS
Types of Crowns
Following treatment for advanced decay or trauma, the remaining healthy portions of a tooth are usually too weak to properly chew, and require some kind of support. A dental crown completely covers the top portion, or crown, of a tooth to the gumline. Also called a cap, our crowns are made from advanced cosmetic dental materials that look natural and provide outstanding durability.
We can help you find relief with a crown or other restoration designed specifically to fit your smile.
Made of layered ceramic, all-porcelain crowns reflect light similarly to tooth enamel. Of all the dental materials available for crowns, porcelain looks the most natural. Dr. Cummings prefers all-porcelain crowns for front teeth. A stronger material is usually required for back teeth. Premolars and molars are usually restored with porcelain fused to metal or zirconia crowns. In rare cases, a precious metal crown is the best option for molars. During your consultation, Dr. Cummings will recommend the best kind of crown for your needs.
The Crown Procedure
Receiving a crown typically requires two visits. During your first appointment, Dr. Cummings will prepare your tooth. This can involve treatments such as a root canal or removal of a faulty filling, and will always involve some alteration of the tooth to accommodate the crown. Next, Dr. Cummings will take an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. This dental impression will guide fabrication of your dental crown. You will wear a temporary crown for a few days while we create your final restoration.
During your second visit, the doctor will replace your temporary with the permanent dental crown. He will check your bite to make sure the crown achieves a proper fit and feels comfortable in your mouth. With proper care, healthy occlusion, and good oral health, a dental crown can last more than a decade.
As with your natural teeth, you should brush and floss your crown daily. However, you should modify your flossing technique to avoid dislodging it. This means pulling the floss from front to back between the crown and its neighboring tooth, rather than moving the floss up and down.
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If you have suffered dental trauma, tooth loss, or advanced decay, you can depend on us to fully restore the health, comfort, appearance, and function of your smile. If you are suffering with a toothache or lost tooth, please contact us today. We can help you find relief with a crown or other restoration designed specifically to fit your smile.