and Kevin G. Murphy & Associates
Do you have weak, damaged, discolored, or misshapen teeth? If so, these issues will only grow worse without proper treatment. Thankfully, we offer personalized dental crowns for beautiful and lasting results. Whether a single tooth is affected, or your smile needs extensive restoration, our dental crowns in Baltimore will restore your grin back to its full health. Read on to learn more about dental crowns and how they work.
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a restoration that is designed to cover the entire visible portion of your tooth. It gets its name because the restoration literally “crowns” the tooth, strengthening and protecting it in the process. We use dental crowns for patients with damaged, weakened, or heavily decayed teeth. Plus, dental crowns are often necessary after root canal therapy, and they make beautiful restorations for dental implants.
Once one of our experts has decided that your smile could benefit from a dental crown, you’ll visit our office for your first appointment. We will prepare the affected area by removing a slight part of your enamel to accommodate your dental crown. Next, we will take special images and impressions of your smile. Using this information, a hi-tech dental lab will custom make your dental crown. During a short waiting period while your restoration is being fabricated, we’ll provide you with a temporary crown to maintain your smile’s function and appearance. Once it’s made, you’ll come back to our office for a second appointment, where your dentist in Baltimore will ensure that you’re happy with the final results before placing your permanent crown. All that’s left to do is to walk out of our office with a restored set of teeth.
Dental crowns are one of the most popular restorations we have to offer because of their many advantages, including:
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If the strength and structure of your tooth are severely compromised, our dentist may recommend that you get a dental crown. Not only can it restore the health and function of your tooth, but it can boost its appearance as well. At Baltimore Dental Arts, we’ll explain the benefits of this restoration during your consultation so you know exactly what to expect. Of course, it’s completely normal to have a few concerns about the process before committing to it. For your convenience, we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions we get from patients about dental crowns in Baltimore.
Even though dental crowns are not considered permanent, they’re certainly a long-term solution. Most patients can expect their restoration to last anywhere between five to 15 years. However, the exact lifespan depends on how well it’s cared for. It’s worth noting that the procedure for a dental crown is considered to be irreversible. Since your dentist will need to reshape the tooth, the removed enamel will never grow back. Because of that, the underlying tooth will always need a crown for protection moving forward.
Ultimately, the only way to know for sure whether or not a dental crown needs to be replaced is to have X-rays taken or to have it looked at by your dentist. However, there are warning signs that indicate a crown is nearing the end of its lifespan, such as:
Before your dental crown procedure, we’ll numb the tooth with a topical anesthetic to ensure you feel comfortable. While the tooth is typically numbed during the preparation phase, that’s not always the case for the final crown placement. If you are feeling severely anxious or nervous, you may benefit from dental sedation. After your teeth are prepared, you may feel sensitivity or mild discomfort for the next few days. Luckily, you should be able to manage it with over-the-counter pain medication.
At Baltimore Dental Arts, we’ll only recommend a dental crown if it’s absolutely necessary. Although it can be tempting to put off the procedure, it’s a good idea to get it done immediately after your dentist has suggested it. If you wait too long to get a dental crown, your tooth is at risk of further damage or decay, meaning your condition can worsen to the point where you need a root canal or even an extraction.