If one of your teeth ever incurs serious damage, there is no need to automatically assume that it must be extracted. In many cases, we can provide durable and reliable broken tooth repair with dental crowns. This type of restoration can help a damaged tooth to provide pain-free function for many years. Are you curious about how a dental crown may be able to benefit you? This page explains the basics of the treatment process. Of course, you are always invited to call our Needham team if you have further questions or you are ready to request a consultation.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the entire portion of a tooth that is visible above the gumline. Dental crowns can serve a number of purposes. For example, one might be used to:
Crowns may be constructed out of various types of metals, as well as ceramic or porcelain.
The traditional process of getting a crown requires at least a couple of dental appointments. First, we need to prepare the tooth by removing a bit of its enamel. Next, we take impressions of your mouth and send them to a trustworthy lab. While the lab creates your permanent restoration, you wear a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth. When the permanent crown is ready, we verify its fit before cementing it into place. The entire process may take a few weeks.
Some patients are eligible for one-visit restorations, which are fabricated right here in our office and do not require the use of a temporary crown.
Here are some benefits that you may enjoy if you receive a dental crown: