Dental crowns in South Portland are one of the most widely used treatments in restorative dentistry. Made of all-ceramic material, a crown can repair a damaged tooth or prevent a weakened one from breaking. Our office uses state-of-the-art technology to create high-quality restorations that look and feel like your natural tooth. We’ll design your crown to meet your precise specifications for a comfortable fit, so you can chew, speak, and smile confidently.
Why Choose Mind Your Mouth for Dental Crowns?
Personalized treatment plans
Durable, high-quality materials
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap that’s bonded over the entire surface of a tooth above the gumline. They are often used in restorative dentistry to rehabilitate the health and function of a tooth; however, they also offer cosmetic benefits to enhance its appearance. Your dentist in South Portland may recommend a crown for the following situations:
A large area of decay.
Protect a weakened tooth.
A large chip or crack.
Along with a root canal.
To support a bridge.
Along with a dental implant.
The Dental Crown Process
You’ll first need an initial consultation with your dentist to ensure a crown is right for you. They’ll perform a thorough examination to create a personalized treatment plan. Afterward, you’ll be scheduled for the first phase of your procedure.
Your tooth is prepared by performing any necessary treatments, like resolving decay or conducting root canal therapy. Your tooth will then be reshaped to allow the crown to fit over it. After your tooth has been prepped, a digital impression is taken. You won’t need to worry about holding a messy, foul-tasting material in your mouth. Instead, a quick scan gathers the precise measurements and information necessary to create your restoration.
The scan integrates with CEREC technology, where we will design your crowns to meet your exact requirements. The advanced technology removes any room for error to streamline the process. After the specifics have been set, the information is sent to the dental lab, where they will craft your restoration from all-ceramic material. It can take a couple of weeks, so you’ll need a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait.
Once the permanent restoration has been sent back to our office, you’ll return to have it bonded in place. You’ll walk out of the office with an attractive, high-quality crown that can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are a tried-and-proven solution to save compromised teeth. Overall, they offer several benefits, including:
Precise and accurate fit.
Durable to last for many years.
Restore the health and function of a tooth.
Improve the appearance of a tooth.
Long-term, cost-effective solution.
Covered by many dental insurance plans.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you need a dental crown, you deserve to benefit from the best. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a metal-free restoration to restore a beautiful, healthy smile.
Dental Crowns FAQs
Although dental crowns are one of the most common treatments in dentistry, there may still be some confusion about them. We want to clear the air and make sure you understand this treatment option so you can make the best decision for your smile. Below, we’ve answered some of the most asked questions from patients about dental crowns and hope you’ll find what you’re looking for here. If not, or if you would like to talk to Dr. Parét about your concerns, you’re more than welcome to
request an appointment
and ask us in person!
Does Getting a Dental Crown Hurt?
Not when Dr. Parét does it! Before we make any adjustments or treat your tooth, we’ll give you a local anesthetic, numbing the area. While she performs the preliminary work, you should feel completely comfortable and not feel anything! A few hours after we’re done, you may feel some mild soreness, but it should easily be managed with pain reliever you find at any drugstore. The temporary crown is designed to protect the tooth until your custom one is ready, which means you shouldn’t necessarily feel any sensitivity or pain.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
The lifespan of dental crowns can vary from patient to patient. Typically, they go about 10 to 15 years before needing replacement, but sometimes they can last as long as 20 years! It depends on several factors, including your diet and habits. Chewing hard foods or biting on hard objects like pencils or ice can cause the crowns to degrade faster. How long your dental crown lasts will also depend on how well you take care of it.
Do Dental Crowns Require Special Maintenance?
If you want your dental crowns to go more than a few years, you need to keep them in good condition. Although the restoration will not develop cavities, the tooth structure underneath can become decayed without proper attention. Fortunately, maintaining them is simple. You take care of them just as you would natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing stop oral bacteria and plaque from harming your smile, and dental checkups and cleanings every six months allow Dr. Parét to keep a close eye on your natural teeth and restorations.
How Can You Tell When a Dental Crown Needs to Be Replaced?
Supposing you continue to come in for your biannual checkups and cleanings, Dr. Paret will likely be the one who identifies the early signs that a dental crown should be replaced. However, sometimes it manifests in between these appointments. Your dental crown could have a black or gray line near the gumline, which could indicate that decay has reached the tooth underneath. If your restoration feels loose or comes out, the bonding material could be worn down, potentially meaning that you need a new crown.