Crowns in Belmont

You only get one set of teeth, and it's your responsibility to make sure they stay in good shape for as long as possible. However, there may come a time when circumstances beyond your control cause your teeth to suffer damage. Instead of living with a damaged smile, ask your dentist about dental crowns. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits snugly over an existing tooth. To find out whether a dental crown is the right restorative measure for you, set up an appointment at Belmont Dental Group. We're proud to provide high-quality cosmetic dentistry services for our patients.

Reasons for Crowns

A crown is a quick, simple, and non-invasive method of dental restoration. If you're unhappy with your smile for any reason, crowns may be able to provide a solution.

  • Damage: A crown can neatly cover up any type of tooth damage, including chips, fractures, cracks, or severe decay. In addition to improving your tooth's appearance, a crown can protect it from further damage.
  • Discoloration: Tea, coffee, wine, pasta sauce, and other heavily pigmented foods can stain your teeth over time. If teeth whitening can't brighten your severely discolored tooth, a dental crown will.
  • Support: Dental crowns are also important for other dental procedures. When you get a dental bridge, for example, the bridge is supported by a crown on either side. Also, installing a crown is the final step of a dental implant procedure.

Types of Crowns

Many crowns are custom designed to look indistinguishable from your natural teeth. However, different crown materials have different properties.

  • Metal: Metal alloy crowns are very durable, and very rarely break. Since metal crowns are more conspicuous than crowns made from other materials, they're best applied to the molars.
  • Resin: Resin is a special composite material that is designed to look like natural teeth. Though all-resin crowns are relatively inexpensive, they tend to break more easily than porcelain crowns.
  • Porcelain: Many dental patients find that all-porcelain crowns provide the perfect combination of affordability, durability, and inconspicuousness.

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

Crown Replacement

After being installed, your dental crown should last between 5 and 15 years, depending on how you treat them. If you regularly smoke, use your teeth to open packaging, or refrain from regular dental hygiene, you may need a replacement crown sooner rather than later. After your crown breaks or wears down, let a dentist from Belmont Dental Group install another one. We pride ourselves on our skill and experience—we can even replace crowns that were improperly placed by other dentists.