Do you have a cavity that constantly causes you discomfort? How about a chipped or cracked tooth that creates dull but persistent pain? If so, a dental crown may be able to make these problems a thing of the past. Crowns are custom-made restorations that we use to repair and strengthen damaged teeth. Thanks to our team’s advanced skills and artistic eye, you can trust that the end result will be both strong and natural-looking. If you are in need of a dental crown in Branford, give New Haven Dental Group a call today.
A dental crown gets its name from the fact that it sits on top of a natural tooth, covering the entire portion that is visible above the gum line. A crown fulfills two important roles: It protects any fragile or weakened enamel, and it restores a tooth’s original shape and appearance. Crowns help us save damaged teeth from extraction, which is a more conservative approach that brings long-term oral health benefits to patients.
With a dental crown, we can:
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, silver, porcelain, and more. The material we choose for each patient is based on where a tooth is located in the mouth as well as the patient’s unique circumstances. Generally, a back tooth must be as durable as possible, so may recommend a metal crown, while a front tooth needs to be strong and aesthetically pleasing, in which case we will recommend an all-porcelain crown.
The procedure to get a crown involves three basic stages that will take place over the course of two appointments:
Immediately following the procedure, your tooth might feel extra sensitive for a few days, but this should subside naturally. To take care of your crown, all you need to do is treat it like a natural tooth; you should brush, floss, attend regular checkups, and avoid any risky habits that might damage your teeth. If you care well for your crown, it should last for about 15 – 20 years.