Restore and Enhance Your Smile with a Dental Crown
One of the most versatile treatments in dentistry, a crown can be used in restorative or cosmetic procedures, depending on the need of the individual. As the number one cosmetic dentistry team in Boston, the doctors at Beacon Place Dental Group can design, craft, and place a custom dental crown to conceal aesthetic concerns and strengthen a weak tooth. With over 17 years of experience serving the Brookline, MA community, our doctors are well-equipped to provide all of your dental needs in one location.
When is a Dental Crown Necessary?
There are a number of scenarios that could necessitate a dental crown. For example, a crown is often used to restore a tooth too decayed or damaged for a dental filling. It may also be used to reinforce a tooth that has been weakened, chipped, or fractured. Teeth that have been affected by erosion can also be restored with dental crowns. Cosmetically, a crown can be placed to alter the shape and size of a tooth and improve the aesthetics of a smile.
Cosmetically, a crown can be placed to alter the shape and size of a tooth and improve the aesthetics of a smile.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is cement cap placed on teeth following a procedure to remove decay and shape the tooth. Key Benefits of Dental Crowns:
- Offers support to misshapen teeth or broken teeth
- Looks completely natural
- Repairs smile and functional chewing problems
Dental Crown Treatment Process
In most cases, the dental crown process takes two visits to complete. During the first appointment, your tooth is prepared. At a second visit, the final restoration is placed. We will discuss each step in more detail in the sections below.
Dr. William Papadopoulos will evaluate your oral health during an initial consultation at our practice. In addition to assessing the tooth in question, he will also check all other orofacial structures to make sure there are no other present concerns. X-rays or scans will also be taken to visualize the underlying teeth roots and the supporting jawbone. Once the assessment is complete, Dr. Papadopoulos will design a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. If he determines that a dental crown is necessary, he will prepare the tooth for treatment.
Preparing the Tooth
In order for your custom dental crown to fit properly, the natural tooth must be slightly modified. Dr. Papadopoulos will use minimally invasive methods to remove small amounts of enamel. If any decay is present, it will be removed at this point, as well. This process is typically performed under local anesthesia for patient comfort.
After the tooth is prepared, we will take digital impressions using our 3Shape 3-D intraoral scanner. This device captures thousands of images and combines them into an accurate representation of your dental anatomy. This advanced technology eliminates the need for uncomfortable, messy putty impressions.
Fabrication of Crown
After the impressions have been taken, the images will be sent to our trusted dental lab. There, a skilled ceramist will fabricate your restoration using materials that closely match the color of the natural teeth. In most cases, it takes approximately one to two weeks to craft your dental crown. In the meantime, a temporary restoration can be placed to protect the tooth.
Placement of Your Restoration
Once we receive your dental crown from the lab, we will schedule you for a second office visit. During this appointment, Dr. Papadopoulos will remove your temporary crown and will place your final restoration. Once it is bonded into place, he will check your bite and make any necessary adjustments.
Learn More about Dental Crowns
If you have a decayed or damaged tooth – or if you would like to improve the aesthetics of your smile – a dental crown could be the solution for you. To learn more about your treatment options, schedule a consultation at Beacon Place Dental Group. You can contact us online anytime or call us at (617) 738-0700.
I had a hard time trusting dentists in general since my last visit to one. Dr. P. really made me change that. The dental hygienist and dental assistant are great, very gentle and caring. Not to mention their state-of-the-art equipment and cleanliness. I would definitely recommend everyone to give them a try.- A DexKnows Reviewer