Dental Crowns treatments in Hamden
A Dental crown is a type of restoration which completely “caps” or encircles a tooth or implant.
Dental Crowns are often needed when a large cavity or crack (fracture) occurs, or after a tooth has had a “root canal”. Once placed on the tooth, ultra strong cement is used to permanently seal the tooth and keep the crown in place for many years.
The Interesting facts about dental crowns:
- Dental crowns are cemented over tooth to make it stronger without feeling any difference to original tooth
- The main purpose of dental crowns is to save a damaged tooth.
- Dental crowns can last anywhere around 5 to 15 years on average.
- It improves the shape of your tooth
- It improves the overall appearance of your teeth.
- It functions like natural teeth
What kind of materials are used to make crowns?
Ceramic Crowns: This is truly the “State-of the Art” in dental crowns, and primarily the only type we place in our office. A Ceramic “3D” printed crown is made from a solid block of amazingly strong ceramic. Not only does this achieve super-strength, and the most lifelike appearance, this type of crown has much less fracturing than the older type “PFM” (porcelain fused to metal) crowns, with superior wear to an “all metal crown”. The heavy duty strength will create a crown that can potentially last for decades- with good dental hygiene and regular checkups.
How are crowns placed and How many visits does it take for placing a crown?
Crown placement from Ross A. Kaplan D.M.D, P.C, Hamden, North Haven, Cheshire, Wallingford and surrounding communities, usually takes two visits and it involves the following steps:
First step: Usually a crown is about 2 to 3 millimeters thick, and to apply the crown, your tooth will be trimmed to allow for the ideal shape and thickness of the new crown. After the preparation, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to our local dental laboratory where the crown is fabricated. Generally 7-10 days are needed to create the new crown. A temporary crown will be placed in the interim for your comfort and protection of the prepared tooth.
Second step: Upon returning, we remove the temporary crown, and test that the crown properly fits on your tooth. Once we verify a perfect fit, and “bite”, the crown is permanently cemented to the tooth, with an ultra strong “permanent cement”.
Will I experience any pain once having my tooth prepped for a dental crown?
When treating a tooth for a crown, local anesthetic (Novocain) is always used. Once numb, you will not feel any pain. A local anesthetic might not be needed if the tooth already has a root canal, as there is no nerve present to feel pain with.