(978) 688-1895
Methuen office:
91 Jackson Street
Methuen, MA 01844
(603) 434-0090
Windham office:
25 Indian Rock Rd #1
Windham, NH 03087

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is long-lasting and durable tooth prosthetics. They can be metal or a more natural-looking porcelain. Dental crowns are designed to strengthen and restore damaged, and decayed teeth.

Dental Crowns in Methuen, MA | Windham, NH

How We Recommend Dental And Porcelain Crowns

Crowns can be used in a wide variety of situations. Kalil Dental can recommend a crown if you:

  • Have a deeply cracked, worn or fractured tooth,
  • Have a tooth with a large cavity,
  • Are undergoing a root canal,
  • Or have a tooth that is abnormally small, strangely shaped, or discolored.

A dental crown is often used in conjunction with other restorative dentistry treatments. For example, a crown can anchor a bridge in place on either side of a missing tooth. Also, with a dental implant, a porcelain crown is the finishing touch to create a natural looking smile again.

Two-Stage Dental Crown Process

Crowns are fitted as part of a two-stage process:

  • During the first visit, your tooth is evaluated using x-rays to determine the amount of damage that has occurred.
  • Next, you will discuss which type of crown you want for your restoration. If you choose a porcelain crown, you will go through a color matching process to pick the right shade to match your surrounding teeth.
  • Then, your tooth will be prepared by removing a portion of the enamel all the way around and across the top. If the area of decay is significant, a filler material may be used to build up the damaged part of the tooth so it can support a crown.
  • A mold will be made of the treated tooth as well as the opposing and adjacent teeth. This mold is sent to a dental lab so a custom crown with the correct size, shape and biting surface can be fabricated.
  • You will be fitted with a provisional resin crown to cover up the prepared tooth. When your customized crown arrives, it will be bonded to your tooth using a strong dental cement.
  • Final shaping and polishing will be done at this stage. The goal is to ensure that your restored tooth looks good and is comfortable to use for biting and chewing.

How Dental Crowns Can Improve Your Smile

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Types of Dental Crowns

Some crowns are made of porcelain to mimic the appearance of enamel. Others are metal alloys such as gold. Patients who want the benefits of a realistic tooth restoration with a strong metal base can choose a crown that is porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM).

Kalil Dental Associates offers the following options:

Gold Crowns

Gold Crowns are typically the simplest to install since the metal is easy to work with. Metal dental crowns are very strong, but not hard enough to wear down the opposing tooth during biting and chewing. Gold crowns are ideal for severe bruxers (tooth grinders).

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain (ceramic) crowns are slightly translucent and carefully color-matched to look like real teeth.

PFM Crowns

PFM dental crowns offer the long-lasting durability of a metal base with the natural look of a porcelain coating. However, since the porcelain is layered over metal, it will look opaque and slightly less realistic. In addition, the metal base of the crown may be visible along the edge of the crown. This problem will be more noticeable if your gums recede over time.

Crown Maintenance

With proper oral hygiene, a dental crown can last up to 15 years. No matter which material you choose, you will need to take care of your crown for long-lasting results. This includes regular brushing and flossing and avoiding foods or habits (like chewing ice) that could damage the restoration.

Schedule A Consultation

To learn more about dental crowns, contact our Methuen, MA office at (978) 688-1895 or our Windham, NH office at (603) 434-0090 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.




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