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Maine Dentistry provides dental crowns in Auburn, Gray, and Portland, Maine. Contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is an artificial tooth cover, sometimes called a cap, that fits over an existing tooth. The purpose of a dental crown is to restore a severely damaged tooth while keeping the root of the tooth intact. A crown may be placed over a cracked tooth or a tooth that is severely decayed and doesn’t have enough natural enamel left for a composite filling.
Crowns can be made of porcelain or metal depending on the needs and preferences of the patient. Porcelain most closely resembles natural tooth enamel, making it ideal for teeth that are highly visible. Metal crowns are mostly used on back molars because they are less visible and metal holds up longer under heavy chewing force.
Crowns can be customized to each person’s needs, which prevents the unnecessary removal of healthy tooth structure and results in a stronger and longer-lasting tooth. They’re usually necessary for teeth that require very large fillings, fractured teeth, teeth worn down due to grinding, teeth that have undergone a root canal, and misshapen or discolored teeth.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are quite common because of the following benefits:
- The natural root remains. Your existing tooth root remains in place when you get a crown. This maintains the natural bite strength of your tooth and preserves the jawbone and support structure for that tooth.
- Crowns look natural. Porcelain crowns resemble natural tooth enamel and with the natural root in place, a dental crown looks very realistic. Your crown can be customized to match the color and shape of your existing teeth as well.
- A crown is more affordable than a complete replacement. If it is possible to restore your tooth with a crown, you will save money by avoiding replacement, such as a bridge or dental implant.
Are You a Good Candidate for Crowns?
An ideal candidate for a dental crown is someone with one or more teeth that have enamel damage, but the root portion is still intact. If a tooth is infected, meaning the soft pulp inside has been exposed to bacteria, a root canal may need to be done first to remove the infected tissue and fill the inside of the tooth root with composite material. If the natural crown of your tooth is decayed, chipped, or cracked, an artificial crown can be placed over it to protect what is left of the tooth.
Why Choose Maine Dentistry?
At Maine Dentistry we provide same-day crowns to save you time. In just one appointment we can prepare your tooth, take impressions, and create and place your crown. You won’t have to return for multiple appointments or wear an uncomfortable, unattractive temporary crown as the traditional process goes. We respect your time and make the process as comfortable and efficient as possible.
A same-day crown is a simple, painless process that has you back to smiling in no time.
In some cases, our skilled team can place a dental crown in as little as two hours. It’s an easy, stress-free repair to a broken or decaying tooth, leaving you with a stronger, healthier smile.
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The only way to know for sure is to have an evaluation. We will assess the condition of your tooth and the root to determine whether or not it can be restored with a dental crown. We also consider whether or not this will be the best long-term option for you, not just provide a quick fix.
Yes, you can trust the quality of same-day crowns at Maine Dentistry. The reason we are able to offer this option is because we own the advanced technology and equipment necessary to create quality, natural-looking dental crowns in our office.
The process for inserting a crown can take as little as two hours. During your first visit, we will examine your tooth to determine the most conservative and appropriate restoration. If your tooth is broken down substantially, we may need a custom porcelain crown to keep your bite from changing and to help the tooth stand up to your chewing. After we remove the bad parts of the tooth, we take a 3D scan so we can design a custom crown to replace the missing parts of your tooth. This advanced method preserves as much of your natural tooth as possible and results in a much stronger tooth.
With our 3D scan, we can design your crown on our computers and then send the 3D file to our in-house milling unit, which cuts your crown out of a solid block of porcelain. Next, the crown is fitted for accuracy and fired in the furnace for strength. Lastly, it adheres to your tooth permanently with cutting-edge adhesives and cement. Through the use of these adhesives and desensitizing gels, we are able to greatly reduce the amount of pain and sensitivity.
Porcelain crowns are susceptible to staining but less so than your natural teeth. If you get a dental crown in a highly visible area and you notice that your crown stands out from your natural teeth due to staining, we can provide teeth whitening treatment to even them out.
Proper at-home care will assist in helping your crowns last as long as possible—which can range anywhere from 10 to 15 years or longer. The most common reason a crown fails is that it gets decay or a cavity around the bottom of the porcelain. Excellent oral hygiene through brushing twice daily, flossing daily (especially around the crown area where your gums meet the tooth), and rinsing at least once a day with an antiseptic mouthwash is the best way to help the crown last a lifetime.
In most cases, dental crowns are covered by insurance, as long as the crown is required for dental health reasons. If the crown is merely cosmetic, it may not be covered. Be sure to discuss coverage with your dentist and your insurance provider prior to the procedure.
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