Many solutions are available for patients looking for strong, attractive, and long-lasting dental crowns. A dental crown affects the appearance and functionality of your smile. At Crestwood Dental Group, St. Louis, MO, we offer patients durable porcelain and zirconia composite dental crowns to protect and restore their smiles.
Whenever patients have a tooth with significant decay, undergone a root canal, chipped or broken, a porcelain or zirconia dental crown may be recommended by Dr. James Maxwell and the team at Crestwood Dental Group. A dental crown is a protective cap that is custom fit and then placed over the damaged tooth in need of protection. While dental crowns are made of different materials, at Crestwood Dental, we use porcelain or zirconia to construct our dental crowns. Our crowns are manufactured based on a model of the patient’s tooth and are shaped and shaded to match surrounding natural teeth. That ensures that your dental crown will be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
In some cases, Dr. Maxwell may recommend a dental crown to correct extensive tooth decay or after a root canal. In other cases, patients come in requesting a crown for aesthetic reasons. In either case, receiving a dental crown will require multiple visits. During the first visit, Dr. Maxwell will take a digital impression of your mouth using state-of-the-art imaging technology. These images will be used as a model for the lab to construct your crown.
The shading of your tooth will be examined so that we can create a crown that matches not only the shape of your tooth but also the color. It is essential that every patient who walks out feels completely comfortable with the appearance of their dental restoration.
Any work on the tooth, including decay removal or a root canal, will be performed first. That ensures that the tooth is in a healthy state before it is capped. Once all repair work is completed, your tooth will be shaped so that the crown will comfortably conceal the tooth. It needs to securely fit so that it protects the tooth from any bacteria entering. This part of the procedure is the most time-consuming.
Once all repairs have been done to the tooth and all digital impressions are taken, it will be time for your temporary crown. A temporary crown is significant for your tooth’s health during the time between your initial appointment and when you come back to receive your permanent crown. When a tooth is prepared for a crown, a significant amount of enamel is removed, and the tooth’s dentin becomes exposed. That makes the tooth very sensitive to temperature and any applied pressure. Your temporary crown will protect you from discomfort while keeping the tooth healthy. Dr. Maxwell will provide you with instructions on caring for your temporary crown, and then you will schedule your appointment to come in and have the temporary crown removed, and the permanent one put into place.
When the lab has completed your dental crown (typically a week to 10 days later), you will return to have it fitted and cemented into place. Local numbing around the tooth may be necessary to make this step comfortable. The temporary crown will be removed and the tooth cleaned before the crown is fitted. Once the dental crown is placed over the tooth, Dr. Maxwell will make any adjustments before bonding the crown. After the crown is bonded in place, he will check your bite and remove any excess material that creates bite issues. Once this is completed, you will be able to walk out with a long-lasting and durable dental crown.
Call the Crestwood Dental Group team at (314) 463-5655 today to learn more about zirconia and porcelain dental crowns! Our office serves the greater St. Louis area, including the Crestwood, Webster Groves, Kirkwood, and Affton communities.
We love our visits to Crestwood Dental! Our 6 and 4 year old love getting their cleaning done. Everyone is absolutely amazing!
Everyone at the office is so nice, especially Ricki! Dr. Maxwell is so kind and caring. I definitely recommend Crestwood Dental!