Restore Damaged Teeth with Customized Dental Crowns
If you are suffering with a severely damaged or decayed tooth, often a dental crown is the preferred form of treatment to salvage your smile. Also known as a cap, a dental crown is a type of restoration that fits over the top of a tooth to strengthen and protect it. Dr. Gilbert Palmieri offers customized down crowns at his Lancaster office, restorations that can improve your bite and blend beautifully with your smile. To learn more about down crowns and schedule a consultation, contact our office today.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Regardless of of which function it is serving, a dental crown essentially reinforces a damaged tooth so that the patient can enjoy a complete smile and a healthy bite. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including all-porcelain, metal, or porcelain fused to metal.
What is the Purpose of a Dental Crown?
There are many reasons a patient may need a dental crown, including:
Reinforcement of a broken, fractured, or decayed tooth
Replace a failed filling or other restorations
To an dental implant and replace a missing tooth
Secure a dental bridge
Protect and reinforce a tooth following root canal therapy
Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, and can conceal imperfections like a misshapen or discolored tooth.
What Are Crowns Made Of?
Dr. Palmieri prefers all-porcelain restorations for their lifelike look and durability. Our crowns are made of the very highest quality materials, including e.max® porcelain and zirconia. These restorations mimic the natural translucency and brilliance of tooth enamel and are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
When metal crowns are necessary, for placement on the back teeth where they will be subjected to immense pressure for example, the dentist may order a porcelain fused to gold or all-gold crown. With these quality materials, patients can avoid allergic reactions and other potential complications.
What Is Involved in Crown Placement?
In preparation for placement of a crown, Dr. Palmieri will first shape the affected tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. The impression will allow the lab tech to fabricate a crown that fits snugly over the damaged tooth. The dentist will also provide detailed instructions on the materials and shading of the restoration. While you wait about two weeks for your permanent restoration to be fabricated, you may wear a temporary crown. Once your new crown is ready, you will return to our office where Dr. Palmieri will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent restoration.
With good oral health and proper dental care, your crown can last many years. To increase the longevity of your crown, patients should take care to floss carefully around the restoration to help avoid dislodging it. It is also recommended that patients avoid foods that are excessively hard or sticky.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are in need of restorative treatment and want to learn more about how you can benefit from dental crown, schedule an appointment with Dr. Palmieri today. We look forward to putting our expertise to work for you.