Patients can sustain tooth damage for various different reasons. Placing a custom designed dental crown can help restore beauty and health to the natural smile. They are custom made from dental impressions of your teeth so they will fit perfectly and blend in naturally.
Dental Crowns Can Address:
- Damaged, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Cover discolored teeth
- Improve misshapen teeth
- Support a dental implant
- Stabilize a tooth after a root canal
- Decayed teeth
Baltimore cosmetic dentists Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat offer custom dental crowns at Advanced Dental Health. We use state of the art technology and high-grade porcelain to create dental crowns that resemble that natural teeth and are built to last many years. A dental crown can be used to solve a wide range of restorative concerns. They can also be utilized for many cosmetic reasons. Based on your needs, we can build a crown that is color matched and shaped to blend effortlessly with your existing smile.
We use a variety of materials to fabricate custom dental crowns. When applicable, we often recommend ceramic or porcelain crowns because they offer several advantages of metal crowns. Ceramic and porcelain crowns can be color matched to blend naturally with your teeth, creating a seamless result. If you have metal crowns, our team can work with you to replace old crowns with new crowns that designed just for you.
About the Dental Crown Process
The dental crown process will involve several trips to our Hunt Valley, MD dentist office. During the first appointment, Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat will prepare the tooth. This involves removing the old crown, filling or any decayed portion of the tooth as well as reducing the tooth to make room for the crown. Several impressions of your teeth will be taken and used to fabricate your temporary crown and permanent crown. They will place a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the permanent one is ready which usually takes about two weeks.
Your permanent dental crown will be shipped directly to us once it is ready. During your second appointment, Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat will remove the temporary crown and place the new one. It will be securely bonded in place with a strong dental adhesive. He will then gently shape, smooth, and polish your new dental crown to create a natural look.
Implant Supported Dental Crown
Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat may also suggest a dental crown to replace a single missing tooth. When one tooth is missing, a single dental implant may be surgically placed in the void where the tooth once was. It will serve two purposes: to support a dental crown which replaces the missing tooth and to replace the missing tooth root. This is the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth at the root which will lessen the chance of bone loss. A dental crown that is supported by a dental implant is better for your oral health and your overall health. A dental implant supported restoration will function just like a natural tooth.
Dental Crown FAQs
How long do dental crowns last?
On average, a dental crown can last anywhere from 10-30 years. The longevity of your crown depends on how well you take care of it and the materials used to make it. Crowns can crack and need to be replaced earlier if you’re eating a lot of hard foods.
Is a metal crown or porcelain crown better?
At our office, we can make dental crowns with a variety of different materials. Metal crowns are typically more stable, but we also understand the desire for metal-free dentistry. Porcelain crowns blend in with your smile more and are ideal for crowns on teeth in the front of the mouth. There’s also the option of a hybrid, with extra stability of metal underneath porcelain.
When can I eat after getting a dental crown?
After your crown is bonded, wait at least an hour to eat after the procedure. In addition, avoid any hard or sticky foods for a few hours, or even a day. You want to make sure you don’t cause problems with your new crown.