Medford dentist Dr. Poorva Parnaik utilizes crowns for the covering, or capping, of damaged teeth. This prevents them from sustaining additional damage and provides support to the teeth overall.
Dental crowns are one of the longest lasting cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Parnaik offers a wide range of choices in materials for crowns including tooth colored dental crowns like porcelain or gold tooth crowns.
About Dental Crowns
There are many benefits of dental crowns. Not only will a tooth crown improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth, but it will also improve its structure and health.
Dental crowns offer broader coverage for teeth compared to other treatments like porcelain veneers. While a porcelain veneer only covers the front or sides of teeth, a dental crown covers the entire tooth.
About the Dental Crown Procedure
Here are some of the common reasons why Dr. Parnaik would recommend a dental crown:
- Large tooth cavity and/or after root canal
- Cracked tooth or other significant damage
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Replacing an existing crown that is worn, broken or unsightly
- Misshapen or misaligned teeth
First, Dr. Parnaik will prepare the tooth by removing any existing fillings or restorations. She may remove a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. In most cases, Dr. Parnaik will use a temporary tooth cap to cover the tooth while the final dental crown is being created. Not only does this temporary dental cap provide protection for the tooth, but it gives you an opportunity to “test drive” the new restoration.
In about 2 to 3 weeks, you’ll return to our Medford dental office for the delivery appointment. Dr. Parnaik will try on the dental crown and secure it for a permanent fit.
Dental Crown FAQs
What is the best type of dental crown?
Dr. Parnaik offers several types of dental crowns depending on your needs and goals. Gold dental crowns are one of the best choices for teeth in the back of the mouth. For teeth in the smile zone, Dr. Parnaik may recommend a porcelain dental crown because of their tooth-like appearance.
How long do crowns last?
Dr. Parnaik designs dental crowns to last many years. She spends significant time planning treatment so that the crown will be stable and long lasting. Proper care and maintenance is needed to maintain this longevity.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a dental crown will depend on several factors including the type of material used, location of the tooth to be crowned as well as the condition of the patient.
Dental Crowns Before & After
This patient came to our Medford dental office, concerned about the space between her upper front teeth. She had a considerable amount of dental work done previously. Her fillings were discolored and crumbling at the margins.
Dr. Parnaik used porcelain (metal-free) dental crowns to restore the front teeth, stabilizing the tooth structure and closing the unsightly gap.