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Dental Crowns – Belmont, MA

Restoring the Health & Function of Your Smile

Having damaged teeth doesn’t just impact your confidence, it can also affect the way that your smile functions by making it uncomfortable or difficult to chew your food or speak. That’s why, at EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont, we offer customized and natural-looking dental crowns that are specifically suited to your needs. Not only can they improve your overall quality of life by allowing you to love your smile again, but they will also protect at-risk pearly whites from developing oral health problems due to dental damage. If you believe you could benefit from one of our customized dental crowns in Belmont, MA, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment today!

Why Choose EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care
of Belmont for Dental Crowns?

What are Dental Crowns?

Model smile with dental crown restoration

Dental crowns are “caps” that are specially crafted to fit over the biting surface of damaged teeth to restore their structure, strength, and shape. After your natural tooth is prepared, the crown is permanently cemented onto it, lasting for up to 15 years with the proper daily maintenance. These restorations can address a variety of issues while also preventing oral health problems from developing or getting worse down the road.

What Problems Can Dental Crowns Fix?

Man in need to dental crown pointing to smile

Many patients are surprised to learn that dental crowns can address a large range of oral health problems and aesthetic flaws. When you visit our office, we’ll examine your mouth and let you know if this is the best restorative solution to help you achieve the results you’re looking for. We typically suggest crowns for patients who are suffering from some of the following issues:

What’s the Process of Getting a Dental Crown?

Model smile with dental crown restoration

We use precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain crowns. To maintain a fully white smile, we recommend all-ceramic crowns. Our precise color-matching system allows us to find the right shade of porcelain to blend with your natural tooth color. Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long lasting, and these benefits make them popular with dentists as well as patients.

Typically, we can design, fit, and place your crowns in just a couple of short appointments. Once a crown is placed, you can care for it as you do your natural teeth. Conscientious brushing twice a day and daily flossing will protect the base of your crown from bacterial growth. Be sure to see us at least two times each year for professional cleanings and a preventive exam, too.

How Can You Make Your Dental Crown Last Longer?

Man flossing teeth after dental crown restoration

Taking care of your dental crown is relatively easy, all you should do is be sure to visit your local dentist every six months, keep up with regular brushing and flossing, and be mindful of eating foods that are sticky, chewy, and hard. With these precautionary measures, you should be able to avoid accidentally damaging your crown and keep your oral health on track.

Dental Crown FAQs

Model of teeth along with dental crown in Belmont, MA

Dental crowns are one of the most traditional options for repairing teeth, but if you’ve never gotten one before, you probably have a few questions about what to expect. Below are some brief, easy-to-understand responses to some of the questions we tend to hear most often when it comes to dental crowns. Check to see if your questions have already been answered on this page; if not, feel free to get in touch with our office.

How Will I Know When a Dental Crown Needs to Be Replaced?

The only way to know for sure if you need a new dental crown is to visit your dentist and have them examine the tooth in question. That said, some key warning signs can let you know that it’s time for an appointment:

  • Pain underneath the crown that might indicate the presence of decay.
  • A crown that feels loose, especially when chewing sticky foods.
  • Notable chips and discoloration on the crown.
  • A dark line at the crown’s base (for porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns).

All of these signs usually point to a crown that’s close to the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced as soon as possible.

Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?

The crown itself is not made of natural enamel and thus cannot get cavities. The tooth that the crown is placed on, however, is still just as much at risk for decay as any of your other teeth. If you don’t keep the area around the dental crown clean, harmful bacteria can travel underneath the restoration and attack the underlying tooth. Luckily, you can prevent cavities in your crowned teeth by brushing and flossing regularly – the same way you avoid cavities for all of your other teeth.

Do Dental Crowns Feel Natural?

Once you’ve received your permanent dental crown, you’ll find that it feels more and more natural the longer you have it. Eating with a crown shouldn’t be too different since the restoration is made to withstand the forces of biting and chewing just as well as your teeth can. Also, the crown is custom-made based on impressions of your tooth after it has been prepared to make room for the restoration. That means your crown will be a perfect fit once you receive it.

When you feel your crown with your tongue, you might notice that it feels slightly different than your natural teeth. Other than that, though, dental crowns feel so natural that some patients occasionally forget that they’re even there.

Can Dental Crowns Be Whitened?

Since the material used to make crowns is not as porous as natural enamel, your restoration can’t be whitened the way your teeth can. As such, if you’ve been planning on having your teeth whitened, it’s best to do it before you get your dental crown. That way, we can make your crown match the new shade of your teeth so that it blends right in with the rest of your smile.

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