Lawrence Dental Restoration Services
Dental restorations span a wide range of treatment solutions from routine fillings and crowns to implants, dentures, and more. Each of these treatments can help restore the look and functionality of your teeth and help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.
We strive to offer the best that modern dentistry has to offer when it comes to restorative dental treatment options. If you have lost one or more teeth from trauma or decay, contact our office today to learn how we can help bring back your best smile!
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Why Would I Need A Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that we can use to cover your tooth, restoring its original size, shape, and functionality. Because crowns restore the appearance of your tooth, they can also help improve the appearance of your smile. A crown, once attached, completely encloses the visible portion of your tooth above the gum line.
You might benefit from a dental crown if you need to:
- Cover and support a tooth which had a large filling
- Provide structural support for a dental bridge
- Improve the appearance of a damaged or stained tooth
- Hold together parts of a cracked or broken tooth
- Keep a weak tooth protected from decay or damage
- Cover a dental implant or complete root canal therapy
Sometimes, children may require a crown on primary (baby) teeth to save a tooth that is so damaged by decay that we cannot effectively treat it using a dental filling. Because primary teeth are temporary, children’s crowns are typically composed of durable stainless steel rather than the tooth-colored composite materials used on adult crowns.
How Long Can I Expect a Crown to Last?
Dental crowns can last an average of 5 to 15 years before requiring replacement. However, you can help your crown to last much longer if you take a few steps to care for it properly. Maintain daily oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing, as well as avoid foods that could damage the crown, like hard candies or sticky caramels. Try not to grind or clench your teeth, and if you are prone to this while sleeping, consider wearing a nightguard to protect your crowns and your natural teeth.
How Do Crowns Compare to Veneers?
While veneers and crowns can both serve similar purposes; they are distinctly different in how they work and what they do. Veneers primarily help to make your teeth look better. They are great at covering imperfections such as unwanted gaps or stains or minor alignment issues. They attach to the front of your tooth, whereas crowns encase and protect your entire tooth.
The cost will vary for crowns and veneers depending on material used for the crown and how many teeth will have veneers.
Veneers last from 7-15 years on average, while crowns typically last from 10-15 years, due to the materials used.
Most insurance plans classify veneers a cosmetic treatment and may not cover the cost. Insurance plans typically do cover all or a portion of crowns because they are considered restorative treatment.
You will need an exam and evaluation to determine which type of restoration will work best. However, crowns are generally used on back teeth where strength is more critical, and veneers are used on front teeth where improving aesthetics is the primary goal.
What Types of Dental Crown Are There?
There are many different types of crowns, and they each have their pros and cons.
Stainless-steel – We would typically use a stainless-steel crown in a temporary situation, such as a to protect a baby tooth or as a temporary fix for an adult tooth.
Metal alloys – Used to create highly durable crowns, metal alloys work best in the rear of the mouth where strength is important, and their darker color will not be an issue.
Resin – This budget-friendly option is not quite as durable as some of the other options available but very popular because they blend in well with the natural dentition.
Porcelain or Ceramic – These provide the best color-matching and durability combined and are also great for people with metal allergies.
Permanent vs. Temporary – Temporary crowns are comprised of acrylic or stainless steel, while permanent crowns are usually composed of the other materials like porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys.
We will consider your unique needs and the situation to determine which type of crown is best for you. If you have any questions about crowns, we would be happy to help answer them for you. Just give us a call!
Will Getting a Crown Be Painful?
While the prospect of getting a dental crown may seem daunting at first, it does not usually involve discomfort. Before the procedure begins, we will give you a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. Using water and specialized high-speed dental instruments, we will prepare the area before placing a temporary crown that you will wear while the dental lab creates your custom permanent crown.
It is often unnecessary to even use a local anesthetic when your return for the placement of your permanent crown. Other than the need for multiple dental office visits, the entire process of getting a dental crown is quite straightforward and does not need to be any more difficult than other routine dental care treatments.
Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants can provide a good solution to restore both the appearance and functionality of your missing teeth. Implants provide excellent stability for other dental restorations as well because they are surgically placed in your jawbone. The implant is comprised of titanium, which is biocompatible and provides a natural replacement for the root of a tooth. Combined with a custom prosthetic, an implant restoration is a versatile and effective solution, and the gold standard for tooth replacement today.
Why Would I Need a Dental Implant?
Custom dental implant procedures can:
- Restore your ability to eat, speak, and digest food correctly
- Alleviate jaw pain or bite issues created by teeth shifting into gaps created by missing teeth
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting the adjacent teeth
- Provide support for a bridge or denture, holding it in place and making it more comfortable
- Restore your smile and your self-confidence
How Durable Are Dental Implants?
Unlike dentures, dental implants are a permanent restoration. With proper care, they can last a lifetime! To help your dental implants last, it is important to take good care of them. You should keep up your routine dental exams and cleanings, as well as good daily oral hygiene best practices like brushing twice a day and flossing at least once.
Dental implants are permanent and serve as the base for a crown which can last 10-15 years on average before requiring replacement. Single implant crowns are strong enough to withstand everyday wear and tear and can last longer when taken care of.
The location of your implant may also affect the restoration's longevity. For instance, implants located in the front of the mouth tend to last longer than those in the rear, because molars do so much of the work in chewing, Your front teeth are used for biting, which typically places less stress on the teeth under normal conditions.
Because dental implants are made of titanium that integrates directly with your jawbone; they are not subject to decay like natural dentition. When you bite and chew normally, the implant puts pressure on the gums and jaw, stimulating them to provide normal cell-reproduction and stay healthy. The durability and versatility of implants make them a great long-term solution to support prosthetic teeth.
What Types of Dentures Are There?
If you have lost several consecutive or most of your teeth in both arches, dentures may be a good solution for you. There are several different types of dentures, and it can be helpful to understand what sets them apart and which might be right for you.
Complete Dentures serve to replace all your teeth at once in one or both arches. The denture will rest on your gums and adhesive is used to help keep it in place.
Partial Dentures replace only a section of teeth in one arch on the top or bottom. They fill a gap created by missing teeth, allowing you to keep your remaining teeth in place while only replacing the missing ones.
Conventional Dentures utilize a multi-appointment process during which we remove any necessary teeth and then fit you with a temporary denture during the healing process. We have your permanent denture fabricated during that healing process, and then you come back in to have them fitted. This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks overall and requires multiple appointments.
Immediate Dentures are different in that they utilize a process to create your permanent set of dentures ahead of time and then place them during the final extraction appointment. This allows you to wear your permanent dentures out of the office that day, eliminating the need for temporary dentures. Once your gums have had some time to recover, we can make any necessary adjustments to ensure the dentures fit and function well.
After the process is complete, we will provide you with detailed care instructions, so you know how to properly care for your new dentures to ensure they last and work well for many years to come.
Dental Restorations Can Improve Your Oral Health
If you have issues with your smile that could benefit from dental restorative treatment, we are here to help. Our team strives to provide you with the latest in modern restorative dental treatments to address your dental problems as effectively as possible. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and begin the path to a restored smile!
CALL US: (785) 841-0233 REQUEST APPOINTMENT