Crowns Specialist

Philadelphia Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

A crown can help with a variety of dental issues, including tooth decay, cracked teeth, or to support a large filling. The professionals at Philadelphia Dental in South Philly can assist with crown services for the whole family. To learn more about crowns, schedule an appointment with the team in Philadelphia today by phone or online.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is a prosthetic tooth covering that restores the tooth to its original shape and size. Crowns can help support and strengthen the tooth, as well as improve the appearance of your teeth if you are experiencing decay or discoloration.

Because they have a wide range of uses, crown restorations are one of the most common dental procedures. They’re also highly effective since crowns are permanent solutions to tooth issues.

A crown may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Common uses of crowns include:

  • Protecting a weak tooth after a root canal
  • Supporting broken or fractured teeth
  • Covering a large filling
  • To support a dental bridge
  • To cover a dental implant

Crowns help with both support and appearance.

What are the different types of crowns?

The materials used in permanent crowns may vary, but the most common types are:

  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Stainless steel
  • Gold alloy
  • All-ceramic or all-porcelain

Crowns made from gold have been known to be the most durable and last the longest, but porcelain crowns typically look the most like natural teeth and have been adapted recently to be more durable. All-porcelain or ceramic crowns are not as good for the back teeth, so these are usually porcelain fused to metal. Stainless steel is typically used for children’s crowns since they will often be applied to baby teeth that will eventually fall out.

What can I expect during a crown procedure?

Because crowns must be molded to fit your tooth, an initial appointment at Philadelphia Dental is required for the dentist to take impressions. You’ll have to have a temporary crown installed until the permanent mold is ready, which is usually two or three weeks. Your dentist at Philadelphia Dental decides the best option for you and your oral health.

The procedure is quick and painless. Your Philadelphia Dental dentist numbs the tooth and surrounding gum tissue so they can remove decay, if needed, and shape the surface of the tooth. Upon your second visit, they remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown to your tooth.

Once your crown restoration procedure is complete, the team at Philadelphia Dental advises you on when to schedule your next checkup to ensure everything is in good shape.

Get in touch to learn more about crown procedures at Philadelphia Dental. Book online or over the phone.