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?
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. An impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory where your crown is fabricated.
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.
Is a crown the ONLY option?
While a crown is the best long-term option. Some patients might opt for a filling instead. BUT it’s our duty as providers to stress the importance that a filling does not prevent you from needing a crown later on. If a substantial portion of your tooth needs filling, a better solution is usually the crown because fillings do not give you the same kind of protection as crowns do. Also, if the filling is extremely large, it can cause the tooth to break, making it irreparable.
Are there implications of waiting?
- Nothing will happen.
- The tooth could chip- simple repair. Or it could crack and would need a crown.
- In some cases, waiting could cause a root canal to be needed.
- The tooth could split, which could require crown lengthening or extraction
4. When is a Root Canal needed?
Most crowns do not need root canals. If a tooth is not infected or acutely inflamed, it will not need a root canal.
5. Does an old, really large silver filling mean I need a crown?
If a silver filling, otherwise known as an Amalgam, is 2/3 the width of the tooth or more, it could require a crown. The small amount of tooth that is left in an old filling like this can get compromised. We want to be proactive and prevent it from cracking, so we will typically treatment plan a crown or if it’s not “large” we can replaced it with a tooth color “resin-composite”
Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
Looks completely natural
Fixes “smile" and functional chewing problems.