Dental Crowns Beautifully Restore Function and Balance to Your Smile
If you have a damaged or missing tooth, it can detract from your smile and impact your confidence. Crowns encapsulate a tooth, strengthening its structure and improving its appearance. These customized restorations remain one of the most trusted treatment options in restorative dentistry. Dr. Teddi Olszewski offers custom dental crowns at her friendly Northhampton, MA, practice to help restore the look and function of your smile. To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, contact our office today.
Restore Look and Function
A dental crown is a safe and effective method for covering and protecting the visible portion of a damaged tooth. Crowns can also improve your oral health by replacing a missing tooth, stabilizing surrounding teeth so they do not shift out of place. If you suffer from tooth loss or decay, Dr. Olszewski can perform a basic examination to evaluate your candidacy for crowns. For cases where damage is not excessive, she may recommend an inlay or onlay (also known as a partial crown) as an alternative.
Today's dental crowns not only restore function, they are also beautiful and durable. Dr. Olszewski will use detailed images and precise instructions on the size, shape, and shade of your natural teeth. This attention to detail will ensure that your new restoration will blend with your smile as flawlessly as possible. Our trusted lab creates natural-looking crowns made from high quality materials. Dental porcelain can imitate the sheen and translucence of natural tooth enamel. In fact, crowns are so natural-looking they may be recommended as a cosmetic treatment to improve the look of short or worn teeth. With proper care, your crowns can last for many years.
The Crowning Procedure
Placing a crown is a two-step process. During the first step, Dr. Olszewski will numb the area before gently removing any damaged or decayed portions of the tooth. She will then clean and reshape the healthy portion of the tooth to accommodate the restoration and provide a secure foundation. Once the tooth has been prepared, the doctor will take detailed impressions and send them to our laboratory, where your custom crown will be created. This process can take a few weeks, during which time you will be provided with a temporary crown to maintain the aesthetics of your smile.
Once your permanent crown has been fabricated, you will return to the office for your final visit. During the appointment, Dr. Olszewski will check the fit of your custom restoration. If needed, we can make slight adjustments before cementing it in place. Once the procedure is complete, your crown will look and function just like a natural tooth.
Support for Bridges
Crowns are also commonly used to support dental bridges. A dental bridge is a custom restoration that replaces one or several missing teeth in a row. Rather than replacing each individual tooth with its own restoration, Dr. Olszewski can place a single bridge that is anchored by crowns on each end. Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge can help you achieve aesthetic balance and make it easier to perform activities like eating and speaking.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Olszewski strives to provide her patients with an unparalleled level of personal attention. She offers comfortable, high-quality dental services and flexible financing to help you get the treatment you need. To find out how dental crowns can help restore strength and balance to your smile, schedule an appointment today.