Dental Crowns in Hermitage, PA
Even if you're doing everything right with your oral health care, sometimes problems can still occur. Today, we’re fortunate to have so many options for helping restore the health, beauty, and function of your smile.
At Thomas Family Dentistry, we take pride in creating high quality restorations like porcelain crowns for teeth that have been affected by decay or other damage.
We believe that providing you with the highest standard of care involves treatments that not only enhance your oral health but also improve your appearance. Our durable, natural-looking restorations will improve your dental health and leave you with a smile you’re proud to show off.
Dental Crowns Restore Function and Beauty
A dental crown is designed to enclose a damaged tooth. It restores or alters the tooth’s shape and size, while providing protection and support.
Crowns are an excellent option for correcting many problems. But before we decide if they’re right for you, we’ll talk to you about your goals so we know what it is you’d like to accomplish. Since we do offer other services like dental bonding that might be a better solution, we’ll talk to you about all your options.
Placing Your New Dental Crown
Once we’ve decided a crown is right for you, we’ll start the process by preparing your natural tooth to ensure a perfect fit for your new crown. Next, using our efficient TRIOS® 3Shape digital scanner, we’ll take highly accurate impressions of your teeth.
This state-of-the-art technology benefits you because it does away with messy, sticky (and sometimes inaccurate) impressions. Digital impressions also produce a very precise image, which actually cuts about a week off the time it takes to create your final crown. During the same appointment, we’ll also fit you with a comfortable temporary crown to wear until your final crown is ready to be placed securely over your tooth.
Crowns – A Versatile Solution
People most often think of crowns as being used to strengthen a weakened tooth, protect a tooth after root canal treatment, or as the final touch on a dental implant.
However, since crowns completely surround your natural tooth, they can also be used to solve esthetic problems.
- Build up poorly shaped or misaligned teeth
- Conceal severely stained or discolored teeth
- Cover an old, darkened metal filling
- Replace an existing crown that is worn, broken, or unsightly
All our crowns are fabricated at a high-quality dental lab to our exact specification. We don’t skimp on quality because a dental crown is an investment in time and money on your part, and we want you to be thrilled with the results.
Please Call to Arrange a Consultation
Are you wondering if a dental crown is the right solution for a damaged tooth? We’ll be happy to arrange a consultation with one of our doctors to discuss your needs and help you decide if a dental crown or some other treatment will be most suitable for you.
Post Operative Instructions for Crown
Sensitivity/Discomfort: Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a time following treatment. Refrain from eating until the anesthesia has worn off to prevent possible injury to your lips and cheeks. For the first few days avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. It is normal to have some discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off due to the procedure. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving ½ teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Advil) will help to increase your comfort.
Temporary: Having a crown or bridge made for you will take multiple appointments. A temporary crown is a plastic crown or bridge that is made the day of the crown preparation and is placed on the teeth while the final restoration is being made. The temporary serves a very important purpose. It protects the exposed tooth so it is less sensitive, prevents food and bacteria from collecting on the prepared teeth, and prevents the tooth from shifting or moving, which can make seating of the final restoration more difficult. If your bite feels unbalanced or the temporary crown feels high once your tooth wakes up from the anesthetic, please be sure to call our office for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
The temporary is placed with very lightweight cement that is designed to come off easily so avoid chewing sticky foods or crunchy foods that could dislodge or break the temporary crown. Use your toothbrush to clean the temporary as you normally do your other teeth. However, when flossing, it is best to pull the floss through the contact rather than lift up on the temporary so you don’t accidentally loosen the temporary. If your temporary comes off between appointments, slip it back on and call our office so that we can re-cement it for you. A little Vaseline, denture adhesive or a crown repair kit material (such as Dentatemp) from the pharmacy placed inside the crown can help to hold it in place in the interim.
Final Crown: After the final cementation of your restoration, it may take a few days to get used to the new crown or bridge. If your bite feels unbalanced, please be sure to call our office for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
Home Care: Although crowns and bridges are often the most durable of all restorations, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and crown. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and decreasing your intake of sugar-containing foods and drinks will increase the longevity of your new restoration.