Dental Crowns: The Basics

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative dental treatments around. As many as one-third of American adults have at least one crown, and many people have several. But what are they, and how do they work? If you have never had a crown, you may not know much about them. Sudbury Dental Arts are here to take the mystery out of dental crowns.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a restorative treatment. This means that they are designed to restore function to your mouth. Of course, as with any dental treatment, the goal is also to improve the appearance of your teeth. Crowns in particular are designed to address a variety of dental complaints. They are a sort of cap that covers a single tooth completely and is permanently fixed into place. This stabilizes the tooth and improves comfort, function, and esthetics.

What Do They Treat?

Crowns can be used to address both damage and cosmetics. This includes:

  • Advanced cavities and decay
  • Cracked and broken teeth
  • Unstable tooth after a root canal
  • Missing teeth, when used with a dental implant
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Permanent discoloration

The Process

Most dental crown procedures take place over several appointments. At your first appointment, Dr. Joseph Cheung will prepare the tooth by removing decay and stabilizing damage and shape the tooth to receive the crown. Dental impressions will be taken to be used in making the crown. After your crown has been milled from color-matched dental porcelain, Dr. Cheung will fit and cement it into place at a second appointment.

Schedule a Consultation

Do you think dental crowns might be the right choice for you? Are you unhappy with an old repair and looking for improvement? Dr. Cheung places new crowns as well as repairs and replaces old dental work. To schedule a consultation, contact Sudbury Dental Arts in Sudbury, MA on our website or at (978) 218-2580.



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