If a tooth is worn down or moderately damaged, it may require the protection of a dental crown. Sometimes referred to as a "cap," crowns are custom made to protect and cover an individual tooth or restore a single dental implant (for tooth replacement). Crowns cover the visible portion of a tooth and are most often crafted of natural-looking porcelain that blends evenly with surrounding teeth for a seamless finish. At Wollaston Dental Group in Quincy, MA, a dental crown can be used to treat a large cavity, rebuild a fractured tooth, or hold together a cracked tooth, among other uses. As a highly trained general dentist, Dr. James McDonough creates dental crowns of the finest porcelain that restore biting and chewing power and offer lasting durability. Make an appointment with Dr. McDonough to learn about how a dental crown can strengthen or repair a damaged tooth while also enhancing the overall functional and aesthetic qualities of your smile.
Dr. McDonough may recommend a dental crown to treat a range of dental needs. Dental crowns are often used to effectively restore:
- Moderate tooth decay
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Root canal-treated teeth
- Misshapen or discolored teeth
- Extensively worn teeth
- Teeth with large fillings
- Individual dental implants
Dental crowns are customized in size, shape, and color to meet the needs of each patient. Dr. McDonough partners with a high-quality dental lab to create crowns that are nearly indistinguishable from your other teeth. Porcelain crowns offer a feel, color, and translucency similar to natural tooth enamel.
What To Expect
Dental crowns are usually completed within two office visits. During your first crown appointment, Dr. McDonough will numb your tooth and remove the damaged or decayed tooth structure. He and our team will then take an impression of your prepared tooth (or dental implant already positioned in the jaw) so the crown can be custom made by our lab. A temporary crown will then be placed over your tooth to allow for normal function and appearance while your custom crown is being crafted. As soon as your dental crown is ready, usually 1 – 2 weeks later, we will bring you back in for a short second visit to place your final restoration. The crown will be cemented onto the tooth or securely connected to your dental implant. Once set, Dr. McDonough will adjust the fit so your bite is comfortable and correct.
Following a crown preparation procedure, you can generally resume normal daily activities. However, we do recommend that you use caution until the local anesthesia has fully worn off. Dr. McDonough or a member of our team will go over how to care for your dental crown, including any foods that should be avoided and the proper method for cleaning your new restoration. During your annual exams at Wollaston Dental Group, Dr. McDonough will assess your crown and the health of the underlying tooth. With excellent care, your new crown may last for many years. If you experience any issues with your crown (if it falls out or feels loose), call our office right away. Please do not attempt to fix or reattach it on your own as this may damage the tooth or crown and lead to further complications.
Depending on your dental insurance coverage, a portion of your crown procedure may be covered. A member of our well-trained business team will review your plan benefits and provide an estimate of any out-of-pocket expenses. At Wollaston Dental Group, we are delighted to offer a range of convenient payment choices and can provide detailed information on how you may obtain low-interest financing through CareCredit®.
Custom Dental Crowns
A custom dental crown can bring health, function, and appearance back to a damaged tooth or effectively restore a single dental implant. Dr. McDonough is proud to offer custom crown solutions made of high-quality porcelain material. If you have a tooth that is broken, decayed, or otherwise damaged, contact our office in Quincy, MA to schedule a consultation and learn about your treatment options.