Do you have broken or discolored teeth? Do you have tooth pain, or very sensitive teeth? We can provide you with a dental crown to fix those issues and more!
Dental crowns provide dental treatment that can restore and protect damaged teeth. Covering teeth like a cap, dental crowns look and feel like natural teeth. Dental crowns are strong, stain-resistant, and easy to care for. Your dentist can also replace old, uncomfortable or broken crowns with modern ceramic dental crowns.
With the right dental care, your new permanent crowns can last you for years to come. Dr. Shulman has been providing affordable dental crowns in Philadelphia for a variety of issues and concerns.
Getting Dental Crowns from Drew A. Shulman DMD, MAGD
A dental crown procedure is a restoration process that we conduct to improve the aesthetics and functionality of a tooth. The procedure involves preparing the damaged tooth, taking impressions, creating a temporary crown, and finally cementing the permanent crown in place. Our dental crown procedure can help you protect weakened teeth from further damage and restore their function. It also helps improve the appearance of your smile by giving you a natural-looking tooth repair.
First, Dr. Drew Shulman will conduct a dental exam and comprehensive check of your gums, teeth, and jaw. He will take digital x-rays and an impression of your teeth to help him plan your your dental crown treatment. Then, he will prepare the damaged tooth by removing decay and compromised enamel. This creates a healthy foundation for the placement of your crown.
Dr. Shulman will then provide you with a temporary dental crown while the dental lab makes your custom permanent restoration. When complete, Dr. Shulman will polish and secure the permanent dental crown to your tooth at your next appointment.
Dental crowns not only restore teeth to a bright and uniform state, but also improve their function. Our dental office can use crowns to repair cracked, chipped, and damaged teeth; which may have previously made it difficult for you to bite and chew with. If you think you could benefit from a dental crown, call our Philadelphia area office today.
Benefits of Dental Crowns in our Philadelphia Dental Office
There are many benefits that dental crowns can offer you. Because they cover teeth, dental crowns can address a range of cosmetic concerns including stained or misshapen teeth. Dentists use them interchangeably in both cosmetic treatments and restorative dental procedures. Some benefits may include:
- Strengthen teeth after a root canal
- Improve the look of a tooth
- Restore the shape and size of your tooth
- Protect weak teeth that have chips and cracks
If you’ve had a root canal, you likely have a dental crown. Crowns help preserve the real tooth structure in instances of severe trauma or decay. Additionally, they effectively protect a tooth after a root canal. It’s always best to preserve your natural tooth structure, instead of completely removing the tooth. Crowns can help ensure the tooth root stays intact, and gives you back the full function you need to return to a normal diet and better oral health.
Dental crowns can also provide benefits to other dental repairs. These benefits include anchoring a dental bridge to your mouth, and capping a dental implant restoration.
Dental Crown FAQs
Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that we use to restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of a tooth. Dr. Shulman can also use crowns to protect weak teeth from further damage and decay. The following are some frequently asked questions about dental crowns so that you can make an informed decision when considering one for yourself.
What’s the difference between dental crowns and porcelain veneers?
Dental crowns cover teeth like a cap. General dentists use them for restorative purposes, such as to protect your teeth after a root canal. Cosmetic dentists use crowns to improve the appearance of short, worn, or stained teeth. On the other hand, dentists only place porcelain veneers on the front of affected teeth. Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment, so dentists use veneers to mostly treat cosmetic imperfections.
How long do dental crowns last?
The general consensus is that dental crowns can last up to 30 years with proper dental care. Your experience may differ depending on the placement location of the crown, how well you practice oral hygiene, and how often you visit the dentist. To ensure the longevity of your dental crown, it is important to take care of your oral health by practicing good oral hygiene habits. Avoid using your crown to eat hard foods, very chewy foods, and to open things immediately after your procedure. This will help prevent any damage from occurring and help it set better.
What if my dental crown falls out?
The main cause of the crown coming off is an improper placement, or an accident. In the case of improper placement, the dentist did not properly fit and cement the crown on your tooth. This can also happen if you have a dry socket or you are experiencing bone loss that causes the crown to shift. If this happens, contact us for a consultation as soon as possible. Put the crown in a safe place and do not try to reattach it yourself.
How do I care for my temporary dental crown?
Before the permanent restoration is ready, the dentist will place a temporary crown. You should avoid sticky and chewy foods that can pull at the crown. When flossing, slide the floss out rather than up between teeth. Also minimize using the side of your mouth that has the temporary crown. The temporary dental crown will look great, but may not be strong or secure enough for long-term use.
Can a dentist repair a chipped crown?
Yes. Restorative dentists can repair a chipped crown if the damage is not significant. Your dentist may recommend replacement to preserve the structural integrity of the crown if the damage is severe. A chipped crown can cause tooth pain and infections over time, so consult with a dentist before the damage gets to be too great.
Request a Dental Exam Today
Do you want to restore your smile with a dental crown? Brighten stained teeth and renew broken or chipped teeth with custom porcelain crowns. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shulman contact our Northeast Philadelphia dental office at (215) 372-1142.
We are currently accepting new patients near you! Our restorative dentistry has experienced dental care for your restorative needs, so that you can enjoy your best quality of life.