At Loeffler-Pitt Dental Associates, our goal is to provide dentistry that is strong and undetectable. We achieve this by placing restorations that look and feel like natural teeth. When damage to a person’s tooth is more severe (for example, from dental decay or because of a fracture), a dental crown may be recommended.
A dental crown is a type of restoration that fully covers and helps to protect what is left of your natural tooth. This is an extremely reliable treatment to repair the most severe of dental problems and can help maintain proper function and alignment of teeth. We are renowned for and take great pride in the quality and longevity of our work with dental crowns. If care for properly, it is typical for these treatments to last 20 to 30 years, or longer!
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown made of plastic or resin.
On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown, try on the permanent crown and make any necessary adjustments. Finally, we will permanently cement the crown, giving you a new beautiful looking tooth.
Key Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Replaces missing teeth
- Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
- Looks completely natural
- Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems
What are the capabilities of crowns?
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, dental crowns and/or dental bridges can be used as a long-term solution.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.