what are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are the best way to restore damaged teeth. They are made out of durable, tooth-like porcelain, and are shaped just like natural teeth. When applied to a damaged tooth, they cover up and protect the remaining structure, covering it all the way down to the teeth and gums.
Crowns are often used to restore teeth with large cavities, to protect teeth after root canal therapy, and to repair broken or cracked teeth. If you’ve got a damaged tooth in Indian Valley, a dental crown from Dr. Spencer Grossman may be the best option for restoring your smile.
Did you know…
Dental crowns are completely invulnerable to cavities and will never become discolored, since they're made of durable porcelain materials.
what to expect: the crown process
First, you’ll need to see Dr. Grossman for an appointment at Indian Valley Dental. He will examine your mouth and determine if crowns are the right choice for your unique situation.
Once you’re approved for a crown, you’ll come back for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Grossman will clean and numb your mouth, then remove any damaged enamel. This creates a stable platform for your crown. Next, he will take impressions and scans of your tooth, then place a temporary crown over it to protect it.
building your crown
You’ll be sent home, and Dr. Grossmann will work with our partner dental lab to build your crown. Your crown will be carved out of tooth-like porcelain that matches your existing teeth perfectly. This usually takes 2-3 weeks.
final crown check & placement
Once your crown arrives at our office, you’ll come back for one last appointment. Dr. Grossmann will remove your temporary, then check the fit of your final crown. Once everything looks perfect, he will bond your crown in place permanently. You’ll be sent home to enjoy your beautiful, healthy smile.
Types of crowns we offer
At Indian Valley Dental, we use lab-made dental crowns. Dr. Grossmann takes precise measurements and impressions of your teeth, which are used by a dental lab to create your crown. Lab-made crowns have a lifespan of 20+ years with proper care, and look and feel just like real teeth.
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how long do dental crowns last?
Typically, dental crowns last somewhere between 20 and 30 years. To make sure your crown lasts as long as possible, you need to maintain good oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, eating a healthy diet, and seeing Dr. Grossmann for checkups twice per year.
does it hurt to get a dental crown?
No. The process is actually quite similar to getting a filling. Dr. Grossmann will numb your mouth to make sure you don’t feel any pain or discomfort as your enamel is trimmed. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort. And, once your tooth has been restored with your permanent dental crown, it will be stronger and more durable than ever.
can I get a cosmetic crown?
Dental crowns are sometimes used for cosmetic dentistry. However, this involves removing more enamel than other treatments like veneers and bonding. Crowns are also usually more expensive, so they're only recommended when other cosmetic treatments aren’t suitable for restoring your smile.
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