Dental crowns are restorations useful for a variety of purposes. Most commonly, a dentist uses them to restore a tooth that has suffered from substantial decay or damage, or to top a dental implant. Our skilled dentists will help you decide whether dental crowns are right for you by going over every aspect of the procedure with you in detail first.

Difference Between Dental Crowns and Fillings

Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to weigh the pros and cons of a crown compared to a dental filling. Ultimately, a crown is a much more comprehensive restorative option. While a filling can only cover up minor decay, a crown can do all of the following:

  • Strengthen a fractured tooth
  • Enhance a misshapen tooth
  • Improve the overall beauty of the smile
  • Complete and cover a dental implant
  • Attach and anchor a dental bridge
  • Protect a tooth after a root canal

Various Types of Crowns

As you look for your dental crown replacement, you need to consider what material would be best. Porcelain is commonly used because it matches the appearance of your natural enamel.

The Dental Crowns Procedure

Once you have decided which crown is best for you, a digital scan will go to a specialized lab. Technicians will manufacture a custom crown that will fit perfectly in your mouth. For the time being, you will need to wear a temporary crown.

At a later appointment, the dentist will adhere the permanent crown into place in a single appointment, which typically lasts no longer than 90 minutes. The dentist will check to ensure the fit for a dental crown is working correctly and adhering securely. Then you can walk out of the office with your new, healthy smile.

Dental Crowns Aftercare

With adequate maintenance, your new crown can last many years. You will need to continue to floss and brush around the area of the crown because plaque and other debris can still accumulate. You should also take care to avoid clenching or grinding your teeth.

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Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Will other people be able to tell that I have dental crowns?

Modern dental technology allows us to create crowns to fit over your natural teeth or dental implants that are indistinguishable from natural teeth. Older crowns used to leave an identifiable dark line right at the gum line, but modern methods of creating crowns have eliminated that cosmetic flaw. While people who know you well will likely notice the significant improvement in the appearance of your smile, they typically won’t know specifically what has changed unless you choose to tell them.

The Dental Office To Trust

Do not wait if you have a dental problem! Get in touch with the professionals at Delaware Smile Center immediately.

Call us at (302) 285-7645 or schedule an appointment online. We will make sure your crown restores total functionality and that you are completely satisfied.

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