Dental Crowns Beautifully Restore Function and Balance to Your Smile
Damaged, weakened, or decayed teeth can compromise the health, function, and beauty of your smile.
At Northampton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Teddi Olszewski can design a custom dental crown that strengthens a compromised tooth or covers cosmetic imperfections for patients in Hadley, Easthampton, and Northampton, MA.
What makes dental crowns such a staple of dentistry?
Dental Crowns Are a Popular Restoration Because They:
Protect Your Tooth
A dental crown will cover the entirety of your tooth, providing full protection from further damage. Reinforcing a weakened tooth with a dental crown can also often prevent the need for extraction.
Dental crowns are designed to be highly durable and can withstand normal biting forces. With proper care, your crowns can last for many years.
Can Provide Natural-Looking Results
Our trusted lab creates natural-looking crowns made from high-quality materials. Dental porcelain can imitate the sheen and translucence of natural tooth enamel.
You Can Trust Your Porcelain Crown to Last
When might a dental crown be recommended?
A Dental Crown Can Address:
Without treatment, decay can spread to other teeth. With a dental crown, Dr. Olszewski can safely remove decayed enamel, protect the remaining tooth, and potentially prevent reinfection.
Accidents and sports injuries can lead to cracks or even significant breakage. Your tooth should be reinforced to prevent more severe damage.
Root Canal Infection
Once decay reaches the inner portion of the tooth, a root canal treatment is needed to remove the infection. A crown is typically placed afterward to protect the remaining tooth structure.
If you have lost a single tooth, a dental crown can be attached to a dental implant to close the gap in your smile and protect against jawbone atrophy.
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.
Preparing the Tooth for a Traditional Crown
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.
Practice Good Hygiene & Attend Check-Ups
Bridges can generally be cared for just like your natural teeth. Although the porcelain or other bridge material cannot develop decay, the underlying tooth structure is still susceptible to cavities. Your dentist can show you how to floss carefully in order not to dislodge the restoration. You can continue brushing like you normally would and as always, you will need to schedule regular check-ups and cleanings at our practice.