Most dentistry looks like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Where damage to a person’s teeth is extreme, and apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain or porcelain “pasted on gold” crowns to make the smile appear “as new”. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. We are renowned for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make for people using this technology. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal.
On the subsequent visit we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.
Key Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Replaces missing teeth
- Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
- Looks completely natural
- Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems
What are the capabilities of crowns?
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older filling scan both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.
Two common dental procedures performed by dentists at Alivio Dental are crowns and bridges. When a patient has a fractured or damaged tooth, or has had a dental implant, your dentist at Alivio Dental will place a crown on the tooth. Not all crowns and bridges are made the same. We can make a variety of crowns. Your dentist will choose the correct crown for your situation, desires, and budget. For example, the new cosmetic crown has no underlying metal and will never have a dark line around the tooth in years to come. Not all dentists have the same expertise in this area or use the same quality of lab.
When an individual is missing a tooth and is not a good candidate for dental implants or partial dentures, the best option is a fixed bridge that does not come in and out. A bridge is a series of connected crowns that are cemented on the teeth to close spaces from missing teeth.
A crown covers a tooth to give it strength, natural appearance, and protection. When placing a crown, dentist has to first remove the enamel from the tooth under magnification. This procedure is like removing the bark from a tree. It is done in order to make room for the crown restoration. The crown precisely fits over the entire tooth covering all exposures. The crown absorbs shock and pressure from biting and chewing, and shields the tooth structure underneath which may be brittle or weak from previous procedures and fillings.
You can still get cavities underneath and around a crown, so we will show you the best way to maintain your crowns and prevent decay to avoid premature replacement. According to the American Dental Association, crowns should last for 5-7 years before they need replacement.Regular dental appointments with your dentist for thorough and gentle ultrasonic dental cleanings are essential to extend the life of your crown.