A tooth crown is a dental restoration that covers teeth like a cap. Dental crowns can be used in implant restorations, to prevent further tooth damage and cover enamel discoloration. A tooth crown can cover and protect chipped, cracked, and otherwise damaged teeth. Stained or discolored teeth can also be covered by a dental crown. Dental crowns also act as the final restoration for dental implants. They cover the abutment of the dental implant.
Middle River, MD dentist Dr. Ned Greenberg provides dental crowns to his patients. If you want to cover damaged and discolored teeth or require a tooth restoration, call Dr. Greenberg for comprehensive care today at 410.686.4646. You can also schedule a dental exam with Dr. Greenberg online.
Treatment with Dental Crowns
To begin dental crown treatment, Dr. Greenberg will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth and gums to form a treatment plan. Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Greenberg will prepare the teeth receiving the crown by removing a small amount of the tooth enamel. He will place a temporary tooth cap onto the tooth while the final dental crown is created in a dental lab. After several weeks, Dr. Greenberg will secure the final dental crown and ensure that it fits comfortably.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are cosmetic restorations that are bonded to damaged teeth. An inlay remains inside the cusps, or outer edges, on top of the tooth. Onlays extend over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. Dr. Greenberg will let you know if your tooth damage can be addressed with inlays and onlays. Damaged molars in the back of the mouth are often treated using inlays and onlays.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Dr. Greenberg helps to ensure that his patients feel as comfortable as possible during their dental crown treatment. He can provide dental sedation options so that patients feel relaxed and do not feel any pain during dental crown treatment. Patients will feel mild tooth sensitivity following dental crown treatment, but this should subside after several days.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have an old, broken, or ineffective dental crown, please contact our dental office for immediate emergency care. We will remove your old dental crown and provide you with a more durable replacement.
Can dental crowns fall out?
Dental crowns can loosen because of dental damage or tooth decay. We will monitor the condition of your dental crowns during routine dental visits to prevent dental problems. If you notice any changes in the fit of your crown, please contact us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Patients are good candidates for dental crowns if they have an intact tooth root. Even patients with missing teeth can receive dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges that are capped off with dental crowns. Dr. Greenberg also ensures that your teeth and gums are free of any infection before treatment.