Dental Crowns from Your Dentist in North Andover
If you're self-conscious about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns, also called caps. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, dental crowns in North Andover will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw's correct natural alignment.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are among the most common types of dental devices offered from dentists around the world. A crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. They are meant to act as a long-term solution for damaged teeth and prevent oral bacteria from reaching the inner tooth and developing an infection later.
What Materials are Dental Crowns Made Of?
We use precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain crowns. To maintain a fully white smile, we recommend all-ceramic crowns. Our precise color-matching system allows us to find the right shade of porcelain to blend with your natural tooth color. Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long lasting, and these benefits make them popular with dentists as well as patients.
When are Dental Crowns Used?
One of the reasons dental crowns are so common is because of their incredible versatility. Dental crowns are typically used when:
- A dental filling is insufficient to cover a damaged tooth
- A root canal treatment is performed (an opening in the crown is created to access the inner tooth)
- Forced trauma is applied to the tooth (either through a sporting injury or bad fall)
- The tooth is cosmetically compromised and teeth whitening or dental bonding is ineffective
- Teeth require replacement through implants or implant-retained fixed bridges
How are Dental Crowns Placed?
To start, your dentist cleans and prepares the tooth for crown placement. Then, he takes impressions of the affected tooth using a putty-like material to capture your tooth exactly. This mold is then sent to a dental lab so they can create a crown that fits over your tooth. Establishing a seal between your natural tooth and your mouth is crucial to preventing complications later.
Typically, we can design, fit, and place your crowns in just a couple of short appointments. The first appointment involves taking impressions of your mouth while the second allows us to place and fine-tune the crown’s shape as necessary. This appointment allows us to confirm that your bite is even and feels as natural as possible.
Do I Need to Care for My Smile Differently?
Once a crown is placed, you can care for it as you do your natural teeth. Conscientious brushing twice a day and daily flossing will protect the base of your crown from bacterial growth. Be sure to see us at least two times each year for professional cleanings and a preventive exam, too.
While the crown itself is not capable of developing decay like enamel, the natural tooth underneath can still be affected if enough plaque builds up on the surrounding tissue. Food can also get stuck underneath the crown, so make sure to pay close attention to this area during your at-home oral care routine.
If you’re dealing with a damaged tooth, don’t put off your treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Beliveau