What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are actually caps which can be placed on top of teeth that have become damaged in some way. Crowns are generally used to cover or protect damaged teeth, and sometimes to restore the natural shape of teeth in situations where fillings can't entirely resolve the problem. Crowns are usually made out of ceramic, resin, porcelain, or some kind of metal, and they don't require any more special care than normal brushing and flossing.

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Our Technology

CEREC Technology allows us to provide our patients with Same Day Restorations.
No more messy impression materials or hassle with annoying temporaries! CAD/CAM Technology offers our patients the opportunity to have a beautiful restoration designed, fabricated and delivered in a single appointment! Here’s how:
Using, CEREC Technology, we are able to take a photo scan of your tooth with a special laser camera that safely captures the anatomy of the prepared tooth and renders it as a 3-dimensional image.

We then customizes your crown, inlay or onlay using your digital “impression” and 3D imaging software while you relax with a magazine or music headphones.

After the doctor approves the final design, the CEREC milling system employs CAD/CAM technology to shape your restoration from a high-strength, metal-free ceramic or composite block in a shade to match your smile. This eliminates the repeat visit after sending the impression off to a lab, as this is now able to be done right in the office while you are in the chair!

What Steps Are Involved in Preparing a Tooth for a Crown?

When you visit your dentist for the first time in preparation for a crown, the tooth itself would be examined and x-rayed, and the bone around the tooth will also be examined.
Your dentist will make sure that you have no tooth decay or damage to the tooth pulp, which would necessitate performing a root canal prior to the crown procedure.
The tooth which is to receive the crown would then be filed down on the sides and on the top, so the crown can be properly placed.
We will take an impression of your tooth and have our computerized system design your new crown so that it will be a perfect fit in your mouth.
Our CEREC machine will create a high quality porcelain crown while you wait, so you won't have to come back for a second visit.
When the crown is ready, we will install it in your mouth. We will ensure that your new crown fits properly. If necessary, we will adjust the crown so that it feels comfortable in your mouth and you have a proper bite.

Types of Crowns

There are quite a few types of dental crowns which you might choose to have installed, and the type you choose will depend on how important certain features are to you.

  • While metal crowns made of nickel, chromium, palladium and gold rarely break and are long lasting, we generally only install crowns made of the highest quality porcelain, which we mill in our own office.
  • All-resin dental crowns are a less expensive type of crown, although they will wear down over time, and are more likely to chip or break.
  • Crowns which are all-ceramic or all-porcelain will generally provide the best color match with surrounding teeth. Dr. Shahbazyan chooses to use porcelain because she really cares about the cosmetic appearance of your new crown and wants to ensure it looks beautiful and fits in with the rest of your teeth.

Dental Crown Aftercare

No special care is needed for a dental crown, although the underlying tooth will still need to be protected from gum disease or tooth decay. That means you should continue to follow good dental hygiene with brushing and flossing, and occasionally rinsing your mouth out with a good mouthwash. You should avoid biting on hard surfaces, and chewing hard objects like ice or nuts.

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Contact Us Today!

If you're thinking about having one or more dental crowns installed, contact us today at Shahbazyan DDS Cosmetic & General Dentistry, so we can setup an initial consultation. At this session, we can determine your eligibility for crowns, and all your questions can be answered. Contact us today for crown installation and other services

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are onlays and 3/4 crowns?
A: These are used when you still have a solid tooth structure in place, and the entire tooth does not need to be capped.
Q: What are dental crowns made of?
A: Dental crowns can be made from a number of different metals, from a porcelain mixture, all-resin, all-ceramic, or all-porcelain. Each of these types will have their own advantages.
Q: How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
A: Crowns will typically last between five and 15 years, depending on which material they're made from, how much wear and tear they're exposed to, and how well you take care of them.
Q: How many times can a tooth be crowned?
A: As long as there is no underlying tooth decay, crowns can be replaced multiple times without any problem.
Q: Should a crown go to the gum line?
A: In order to avoid issues with sensitivity to heat or cold, crowns will generally be installed so as to end right at the gum line, or just below it.
Q: What are the disadvantages of dental crowns?
A: Some people would consider the cost to be a disadvantage. In terms of installation, some nerve damage could be done during installation, and sensitivity might be heightened. Then too, there is always the possibility that the crown will have to be replaced, which would be a further cost.

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