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Crowns Specialist

Integrity Dental of Greenwich

Dentists located in Greenwich, CT

Many men and women have dental crowns. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns to replace missing teeth. The experienced dentists at Integrity Dental of Greenwich are highly trained and ready to answer your dental crown questions. Call or schedule an appointment today if you think you might need a crown. Integrity Dental of Greenwich is conveniently located in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It is sculpted to the shape of the original tooth and can improve its appearance and strength. The crown is placed on top of the original tooth, completely covering the area of the tooth that can be seen above the gum line. It's sealed in place with a special cement.

Are dental crowns a good fit for me?

There are a number of reasons Integrity Dental of Greenwich's knowledgeable dentists might recommend a crown. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth.

A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that have been weakened by excessively large fillings or that are in danger of breaking.

Many patients are great candidates for dental crowns, for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. Whether you need a crown to fix the appearance of a tooth or strengthen a weak tooth, a dental crown can protect teeth for years to come.

Are there different kinds of crowns?

There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold
  • Porcelain fused to precious metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

The material used depends on a range of factors. A few examples are below:

  • Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are commonly used for children who need crowns on baby teeth.
  • Gold crowns are extremely strong and able to tolerate the force of chewing and eating, but due to their color, they’re usually reserved for use in the back of the mouth.
  • Porcelain fused to metal crowns have a more natural appearance than metal crowns, but they do come with some downsides. For instance, the metal portion of the crown might show as a dark line close to the gums. The opposing teeth can also experience more wear than they would with another type of crown.
  • All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for esthetics and strength or for patients who have metal sensitivities.
  • All resin crowns are primarily used as temporary crowns. They are not a permanent fix since they are more susceptible to cracking and decay.

What are the steps in a dental crown procedure?

A dental crown procedure generally requires at least two visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, your Integrity Dental of Greenwich professional will take digital X-rays to assess the health of the tooth that requires the crown.

First, the dentist will administer a local anesthetic. If the tooth is badly broken down, a bonded foundation or core is placed. The tooth is then shaved down creating the space needed for the crown to fit over the tooth. Like a hat.

The dentist will then take an impression of your tooth. The impression will go to the dental lab and be used to create a custom crown. Your dentist will create a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown can be placed using a strong permanent cement.

Getting a dental crown can be a simple, easy process. To discuss your crown options, contact the experienced team at Integrity Dental of Greenwich or make an appointment online.