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Restoring Your Tooth with a Dental Crown

Tooth damage and decay can occur. Fortunately, one can restore the appearance and function of the tooth with a dental crown. If you are in need of dental restoration, learn about dental crowns below and contact any of our locations today!

What is a Dental Crown?

In short, a dental crown is also known as a cap or artificial tooth. It covers the exposed area of the tooth to restore its shape and overall function. Oftentimes, dental crowns are used to protect or restore a tooth for the following reasons.

  • Weaken tooth
  • Damaged tooth
  • Severely decayed tooth
  • After a root canal procedure to cover the filling
  • Severe tooth discoloration

In addition, dental crowns appear very natural. This is because crowns can be made from porcelain or ceramic materials. They are also color-matched with your existing teeth. This offers a seamless result. Likewise, the porcelain and ceramic materials create durability for long-lasting use.

What is the Process?

Typically the dental crown procedure requires two visits. The first visit consist of the dentist examining the affected tooth to assure that a dental crown is the best solution. If he or she recommends the treatment, the affected tooth is filed down to fit the crown. Next, impressions of the mouth are taken. These impressions are then sent to a lab for the crown to be created. You will receive a temporary crown before the end of your visit. This will allow you to eat and speak confidently as you wait for your customized crown to be ready.

Now, your second visit will be the installation of your custom crown. The dentist will attach the crown to the tooth using special cement. He or she will then assure that your bite is not affected. They will also explain post-treatment care and answer any questions you may have.

Why Do I Need a Temporary Dental Crown?

As mentioned, temporary crowns allow you to smile and eat confidently. In addition, temporary crowns protect the underlying tooth from damage and bacteria. The tooth may also be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Therefore, covering the tooth with a crown is best.

How Do I Care for My Dental Crown?

It is important to properly care for your dental crown to prevent damage. Although they are sturdy, refrain from chewing and biting on hard foods and candy. Brush your teeth and floss as recommended. This prevents buildup of plaque and tartar. Also, visit your dentist as recommended. Most often, patients should see their dentist twice a year for routine exams and cleanings. 

Learn More

Find out if a dental crown is best for your smile. We have multiple locations to assist patients throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Click below to request a consultation today. Our team would be delighted to assist.


Friendly Dental of Worcester

Unique Dental of Framingham

Middleboro Family Dental

Unique Dental of Pembroke

Uxbridge Family Dental

Unique Dental Of Winchendon

Cinema Smiles Dental

Unique Dental of Worcester

Wareham Family Dental


Unique Dental of Putnam


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