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Porcelain Crowns in Merrimack, NH
Porcelain crowns can be the restorations of choice if you have teeth that are cracked, broken, decayed, or worn. For example, patients sometimes present with a cavity that is simply too large to be repaired with a filling. Alternatively, you might already have a tooth that has large filling that has weakened and is no longer sufficient. Then again, perhaps you’ve suffered a traumatic injury and now have a fractured tooth. In any of these instances, Dr. Shetty and her team of dental professionals can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns, also called caps. A crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw's correct natural alignment.
When do I need a porcelain crown?
Porcelain crowns can be used to correct a number of dental problems. Some of these include when there is:
- A large filling that takes up more than half of the chewing surface of a tooth, and therefore threatens to weaken or crack the tooth
- A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy and is, therefore, more brittle and must have added protection
- An existing dental crown that has loosened and no longer fits, so that the risk of tooth decay or gum disease increases
Crowns can be the tooth restoration to correct all of these circumstances.
Porcelain Crown Process
At Dental Designs of New England, Dr. Shetty and her staff use precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain crowns. To maintain a fully white smile, we recommend all-ceramic crowns whenever possible. 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 conveniently scheduled appointments. At the initial visit, Dr. Shetty gently administers a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Then, she minimally shapes the sides and biting surface in order to make room for your new crown. She will also remove any decay if there is a cavity. The tooth must be reshaped so that your new crown fits comfortably between the adjacent teeth and is not so high that it interferes with your natural bite. When this process is completed, we take an impression of the prepared tooth that we’ll use to create a temporary crown and the dental lab uses to fabricate your permanent crown.
When you return to Dental Designs of New England and the permanent 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.
Call our Merrimack dental office today and reserve an appointment for yourself or a member of your family. Patients in the Merrimack, Nashua, Bedford, Hollis, Hudson, and Amherst areas rely on Dr. Shetty for comprehensive dental care and a lifetime of healthy smiles.