Restore Damaged & Decayed Teeth
If you’re struggling with damaged or decayed teeth, Dr. Lascari offers strong, durable, and natural-looking dental crowns in Covington. With a dental crown from Cornerstone Dentistry, you can restore your smile and your bite, get relief from pain, and prevent further complications caused by your damaged tooth. Call today to schedule an appointment.
Understanding Dental Crowns
What Are Crowns Used For?
Dental crowns are usually used to restore and protect damaged teeth. For example, if you have a large cavity that can’t be treated with a filling, you have recently had a root canal, or your tooth has been cracked or broken due to a dental injury, a crown is the ideal way to restore it.
Crowns cover up the entire natural structure of your tooth, all the way down to the gumline. They restore your natural smile and bite and in some cases can relieve pain on biting. They also prevent further damage and complications to the underlying tooth.
More rarely, crowns can also be used for purely cosmetic purposes. For example, if dental bonding or a veneer is not appropriate for a particular tooth due to severe staining, deep decay, or a complex bite, a crown might be recommended instead.
What to Expect
The Crown Treatment Process
It takes two appointments to complete the dental crown process at Cornerstone Dentistry. At your first appointment, Dr. Lascari will clean and numb your mouth. Next, the tooth will be prepared by removing any decayed or damaged tooth material. Dr. Lascari will trim the tooth into a stable, even platform onto which your crown will be attached.
Then, she will take impressions and images of your tooth, which will be sent to a trusted dental lab. Once your crown is complete and arrives at Cornerstone Dentistry, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Dr. Lascari will check the fit of the crown, and make sure it’s perfect. To finish the procedure, she will bond the crown to your tooth permanently using a powerful dental adhesive, and polish the crown so that it matches your surrounding teeth.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Most dental crowns last at least 10-15 years with proper care and dental hygiene, and it is common for them to last even longer. To keep your crown healthy, make sure you brush and floss regularly and see Dr. Lascari for a cleaning and oral exam every 6 months. The better you take care of your crown and the rest of your smile, the longer your restoration will last!
Cost & Payment
How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost?
The cost of a dental crown can vary quite a bit based on the location of the tooth being treated, the material of the crown, and whether any additional treatments like a root canal are required. For an accurate cost estimate, come into Cornerstone Dentistry for an appointment with Dr. Keleigh Lascari.
Keeping Your Smile Healthy
Caring For crowns
Caring for a dental crown is very similar to caring for a natural tooth. The most important thing to do to keep your crown and your tooth healthy is to brush twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. Proper dental hygiene will keep your crown in good condition and prevent further cavities and other complications.
Beyond this, you should also see Dr. Keleigh Lascari and the team at Cornerstone Dentistry for a preventive cleaning every six months. At this time, our team can examine your teeth and your crown, and make sure that your mouth is healthy. With regular dental visits, you can get peace of mind, and know that your dental work is in good condition.
If you want to keep your crown and your teeth healthy, you can also make a few other lifestyle changes, such as reducing the amount of sugar in your diet and eliminating sugary beverages. Reducing alcohol intake and quitting smoking or the use of oral tobacco will also help improve your oral health.
Finally, it’s usually best to avoid eating extremely chewy and gummy foods with dental crowns, such as taffy, toffee, gummy candies, and other similar foods. If you eat these foods a lot, this can weaken your crown and could eventually result in your crown being pulled off of the underlying tooth.
What are the Differences
between Bridges & Crowns
The difference between bridges and crowns is that bridges replace missing teeth, while crowns do not. Dental crowns only replace damaged teeth. They can’t be used to replace a missing tooth.
Bridges replace missing teeth by using two dental crowns, which attach to two of your healthy teeth. These are called “abutment teeth.” Attached to these abutment teeth are one or more false teeth, which rest in the gaps where you’ve lost your teeth.
These false teeth “bridge” the gap, which is what gives dental bridges their name. Bridges are usually used to replace a row of 1-3 adjacent missing teeth, and are a good alternative to both dental implants and partial dentures.
Signs You May Need
A dental crown
If you have a toothache or a sensitive tooth, this could indicate a deep cavity or an infected tooth. You may need a dental crown as well as root canal therapy to clean, disinfect, and restore the decayed tooth.
Dental crowns may also be the best choice if you have a seriously chipped or broken tooth. For example, if you slip and fall and break one of your teeth, Dr. Lascari will likely recommend a crown to cover up and protect the damaged tooth. The crown will restore the natural appearance of your tooth and allow you to chew and bite normally.
There are also some cases where dental crowns may be recommended for cosmetic purposes. For example, if you have a tooth that’s extremely small or misshapen, it may not be suitable for treatment with a cosmetic treatment like a veneer. Dr. Lascari may recommend a crown instead.