Lifelike Dental Crowns Can Save Your Teeth
Dental crowns can be a game-changer for individuals dealing with damaged or discolored teeth. Crowns can provide a solution that helps to prevent the need for more invasive and costly dental procedures like extraction. Sharon, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Agamov and our team provide dental crowns to help patients just like you improve and maintain optimal oral health.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are restorative and cosmetic solutions that can save a damaged or decayed tooth. These custom-made caps are designed to mimic the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth and fit securely over the affected tooth. They not only restore your tooth’s function and natural appearance but also provide protection and strength to the damaged tooth, making it an effective long-term solution.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns offer a wide range of aesthetic and oral health benefits, including:
- Better Aesthetics: Dental crowns restore the tooth’s natural appearance and effectively conceal discolored or unsightly teeth.
- Versatility: Crowns can be used in combination with many restorative dental procedures, including bridges, implants, and root canal therapy.
- Root Preservation: Crowns protect and maintain the tooth’s root structure to prevent sensitivity and resorption.
- Stain Resistance: Crowns are made from materials that are resistant to staining, helping your smile look brighter and whiter for a longer time.
- Higher Self-Esteem: By improving your smile, dental crowns can boost your confidence.
- High Durability: Crowns can last about 15 years or longer with proper care and maintenance
- Restored Bite Force: Crowns help a damaged tooth perform as it used to, restoring your bite force for better chewing and digestion.
- Minimally Invasive: Installing dental crowns is non-surgical, fast, and healing times are fast.
The Dental Crowns Process
Before receiving your new custom crown, you’ll undergo a consultation with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Agamov. During the consultation, Dr. Agamov will thoroughly examine your mouth, review your medical history, and discuss your oral health goals.
Once it’s been decided that crowns are the right restorative method, we’ll take digital images and impressions of your teeth to serve as blueprints for the crown. Then, we’ll schedule the procedure.
Before the procedure, Dr. Agamov will rinse out the patient’s mouth to remove debris. Then, they will numb the area around the affected tooth using a local anesthetic. If you experience dental anxiety, we can provide sedation dentistry options so you stay calm during the procedure. Once the anesthetic is working, Dr. Agamov will clean out and shave down the affected tooth so that it can serve as a base for the crown.
Installing the Temporary Crown
Once the natural tooth has been prepared, Dr. Agamov will install the temporary crown over the tooth using temporary dental adhesive. You’ll return to have your permanent crown installed once it’s been manufactured, a process that usually takes about two weeks.
Installing the Permanent Dental Crown
During your last appointment, Dr. Agamov will remove the temporary crown and install the permanent crown, fitting it over the prepared tooth with a permanent dental adhesive. Once the permanent dental crown is applied, you can leave Dr. Agamov ‘s office and start enjoying your smile again.
Caring for Dental Crowns
To ensure the longevity of your crown, it’s important to follow the proper aftercare guidelines. Dr. Agamov will give you more specific instructions, but general guidelines include:
- Avoid chewing on sticky and hard things
- Brush at least twice a day
- Floss at least once a day (preferably before bedtime)
- Rinse with mouthwash between meals
- Visit Dr. Agamov at least once every six months for a dental exam
- Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth (bruxism)
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental crowns are typically built to last 10 to 15 years, but with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams, a crown may last up to 30 years. The longevity of your crown will also depend on factors such as the materials used and whether or not you keep up with your dental appointments.
The exact cost of your dental crown will vary depending on numerous factors. This includes the materials used, how many crowns you need, and your insurance coverage. It’s strongly encouraged that you contact your insurance provider beforehand to confirm which costs they can cover. Your dentist may also provide financing options that can help reduce costs.
Depending on the case, dental crowns can be placed in such a way as to make a crooked tooth look straight. However, this option is usually not recommended for a crooked tooth that’s otherwise healthy, as crowns require the removal of enamel from the natural tooth to fit. If you need teeth straightening, your dentist will discuss all of your options with you.
How can I tell if I need a dental crown versus a different restorative dental procedure, such as a filling or bridge?
Whether you should have a crown, a filling, or a bridge installed will depend entirely on the specifics of your case. You will likely benefit more from a dental bridge if you’re missing multiple adjacent teeth while crowns and fillings are more suited for repairing a damaged tooth. Your dentist will give their thoughts on which treatment might suit you best based on your unique needs.
Dental Crowns Can Save Your Smile and Your Oral Health
Thanks to dental crowns, it’s often possible to save a damaged tooth from extraction, preserve your oral health, and restore the beauty of your smile. These versatile long-lasting caps can potentially eliminate the need for more costly restorations and invasive procedures, saving you time, money, and discomfort.
Interested in learning more about the many benefits of dental crowns? Contact Dr. Agamov at our Sharon dental office by dialing (781) 784-8435. You can also request an appointment by clicking the button below, and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly. We provide dental crowns to new and returning patients from Sharon and surrounding areas such as Stoughton, Foxborough, and Canton, MA.