Do you have an injured tooth? Does your tooth need more stability following your root canal treatment? Receive dental crown treatment at Oxford Family Dentistry in Oxford, PA. Tooth crowns are dental restorations that come with many benefits. Dental crowns protect teeth from damage, strengthen weakened teeth, and restore the natural look of the smile. They are also used to cap off dental implants and blend in with natural teeth.
Dr. Stefan Speck collaborates with his patients as individuals to find the best dental solution for their specific needs. He recommends tooth crowns for patients with more extensive tooth damage or wear.
Dental Crown Treatment
Dr. Speck can provide dental crowns for patients who are receiving dental implants or restorations for injured, damaged, and weakened teeth. He will take dental impressions of the teeth for all of his patients before their treatment. These impressions are sent to a dental lab where the crowns are created. Patients who are receiving implants require 3 to 6 months for their implants to heal. If patients are just receiving one or more crowns for natural teeth, Dr. Speck will provide them with temporary crowns.
Once the permanent crowns are complete, Dr. Speck will ensure that they fit precisely. He wants his patients to feel comfortable speaking, biting, and chewing with their dental crowns.
Dental Crown FAQs
Discover more about dental crowns and similar restorations below:
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
During a consultation with Dr. Speck, he will help determine if dental crowns are the right dental restoration for you. He will make sure that you are in good health so that your teeth or implants are unaffected from a dental or gum infection. If you have a missing tooth or teeth that require dental implants, Dr. Speck will ensure that you have enough jawbone tissue to support the implants.
Dr. Speck always makes sure that his patients are healthy so that their dental crowns or dental restoration remain stable.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are similar to dental crowns, fillings, and tooth bonding. These indirect restorations are typically made for patients who have a weakened or damaged tooth due to decay. Inlays cover the chewing surfaces of the tooth between the cusps, or the sides of the tooth. Onlays cover the chewing surface and the tooth cusps. Both inlays and onlays blend in with the shade of the tooth enamel for a natural look.
How long do dental crowns last?
Tooth crowns are a strong and durable dental restoration that can last for up to 30 years with the right care. Patients should brush and floss between their dental crowns just like natural teeth to keep them clean. Taking care of the natural teeth and gums surrounding tooth crowns helps ensure that the teeth or gums beneath the dental crowns stay healthy.
Are tooth crowns painful?
No. A tooth crown is usually not painful. Most patients tolerate tooth crowns well and report little to no pain following the procedure. Because of anesthetics and sedation, if patients do only experience any discomfort, it is only mild.
Can I get a cavity under a tooth crown?
Yes. A cavity can form under a tooth crown if their is a break on the seal between the crown and the tooth. This is very rare. If bacteria can invade the space under the crown, plaque will form and tooth decay will develop. To prevent a cavity from forming under a tooth crown, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing regularly. It is also important to have regular dental checkups and cleanings so that your dentist can detect any damage to the seal between the crown and tooth and treat it early.
How long does it take to get a dental crown?
It usually takes two appointments to get a dental crown. During the first appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be sent to a lab where the dental crown will be made. Once the dental crown is ready, you will have another appointment with your dentist. During the second appointment, your dentist will fit and bond the dental crown to your tooth.
Request a Dental Appointment
Do you want to learn more about dental crowns, inlays, or onlays? Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Speck online today. You can also contact Oxford Family Dentistry for an appointment at 610.753.4506.