Emerson Dental provides dental crowns in Westford, MA. Call 978-399-0017 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
For teeth with extensive decay or trauma, a dental crown may be the ideal solution. A crown preserves the natural tooth, maintaining the bone structure and stability of the nearby teeth. Crowns are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, providing a long-lasting, durable restoration. With proper care, a dental crown can last a lifetime.
Dental Crown Process
First, impressions will be taken of your entire mouth and bite structure. This ensures that the crown will fit naturally into your mouth and provide full chewing ability. Next, your tooth will be carefully cleaned and prepared. All decay will be removed, and a root canal performed if needed. Your tooth will then be gently shaped to receive the crown, and an impression will be taken of the prepared tooth. You will leave the office with a temporary crown.
In several days, our office will receive your finished crown from the dental lab. You will be scheduled to come in to have the crown placed and cemented into your mouth.
Types of Dental Crowns
Ceramic: Ceramic crowns are the most realistic in appearance, as they mirror the color, sheen, and translucency of natural teeth. They are almost always used for front teeth, and are durable enough to be used throughout the mouth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal: These crowns blend strength with aesthetics, and may be used anywhere in the mouth. However, they are less desirable for front teeth, as the metal understructure could show through as slight darkening along the gumline.
Gold Alloys: Some patients choose gold alloys for their front teeth due to the unique aesthetics, but these crowns are most often used for extra strength on back teeth for patients who are prone to grinding their teeth.
Base Metal Alloys: Strong and resistant to corrosion, base metal alloys may be used on back teeth when there is little remaining healthy tooth structure. For aesthetic reasons, though, they are not generally used on teeth that show.
If you are ready to get started with a talented, compassionate dentist office, we invite you to contact Emerson Dental today. Call 978-399-0017 to schedule your appointment.