Dental Crowns – Holliston, MA

When Teeth Are in Need of Repair

What can you do if a sudden accident or untreated decay has left you with a significantly damaged or weakened tooth? The answer can vary depending on the specifics of your situation, but in many cases, Dr. Abernethy and Dr. Aniconi may suggest having a dental crown placed to fix your tooth. The crowns that we provide offer high-quality protection along with a natural appearance; to learn more, feel free to give our office a call.

Why Choose Holliston Complete Dentistry for Dental Crowns?

  • Long-Lasting Porcelain Crowns
  • A Practice That Puts Patients First
  • Advanced Dental Technology

What is a Dental Crown?

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When your tooth has suffered from damage or decay that can’t be repaired with a filling, we may recommend a dental crown. This is a type of restoration that can restore the shape of a given tooth by completely covering it. Different dental practices make their crowns out of a variety of materials; our practice favors porcelain due to the fact that it offers a very natural appearance along with a high level of durability.

Note that while dental crowns are often used to strengthen and protect teeth, they can have other applications as well. For example, if you have a missing tooth, you can fill the gap with a dental crown supported by a dental implant. Alternatively, a pair of crowns can be used to keep a dental bridge anchored in place.

The Dental Crown Process 

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First, we’ll need to evaluate your tooth and consider your options. Sometimes a dental crown might be the best choice for your smile, but in certain cases, we may recommend a different type of treatment instead. Our team will always take your unique circumstances into account before suggesting any sort of dental procedure.

If you decide to get a crown, some enamel will be removed from the affected tooth before an impression of your mouth is created. The impression will be sent to a dental laboratory, which is where your crown will be made. The prepared tooth will need to be protected until the final restoration is ready, so you will be given a temporary crown to wear.

Your final appointment will be scheduled once the final crown has been completed and sent back to our office. Some last-minute adjustments might be made to ensure that the crown fits the way it should.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

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Our team will be more than happy to thoroughly explain the benefits of having a dental crown placed when you pay our office a visit, but here are some of the most noteworthy advantages:

  • A crown made out of porcelain can repair your tooth in a lifelike way; you won’t have to worry about eyes being drawn to your restoration for the wrong reasons.
  • A tooth that is protected by a crown is less likely to suffer from further injury.
  • Chewing is generally more comfortable when a broken or decayed tooth is covered by a crown.
  • You can often get up to 15 years of use out of a well-maintained dental crown.

Dental Crowns FAQs

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Dental crowns in Holliston have been used for decades to treat weakened teeth. Although they are effective, a crown is a long-term commitment. It’s normal to have a few questions. Your dentist at Holliston Complete Dentistry will explain everything during your consultation. You can also contact our office to speak with a member of our team or take a look below at the most frequently asked questions.

Is a Dental Crown Permanent?

A dental crown isn’t permanent, but it isn’t reversible either. Your dentist must reshape your tooth to allow the restoration to fit over it. Your tooth won’t grow back if your crown is removed. Although it won’t last forever, your restoration can thrive for many years with the correct care, like brushing and flossing.

Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

Your dentist in Holliston will keep your comfort as their top priority. It isn’t always necessary, but a local numbing agent can be used to block any pain during preliminary treatments and prepping your tooth. Although you won’t have any pain during your appointment, your tooth may be tender for a few days after any numbing medications wear off. You can manage it with an OTC pain reliever and eating soft food.

Can I Use Teeth Whitening on Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns aren’t porous like your enamel, so whitening treatments won’t have any effect on their color. Your restoration will remain unchanged while your teeth get whiter, which can cause your crown to stand out. Ingredients in whitening gels can also weaken the bonding material holding your crown in place. You don’t have to live with tooth discoloration. Your dentist will create a personalized plan to brighten your smile.

How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?

The average lifespan of a crown is about 10 years. However, it’s not unusual for crowns to last for much longer with the correct aftercare, like brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. You can get the most from your investment by limiting sugary, hard, and chewy foods. Ask your dentist for a nightguard if you grind and clench your teeth. Choose high-quality materials for your crown because they tend to last longer than discounted options.

Can I Use My Dental Insurance for Dental Crowns?

It’s unlikely your insurance will cover the entire cost of the procedure, but your benefits can reduce the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket. Your dental benefits can cover your consultation, X-rays, and diagnostic services. After meeting your deductible, your insurance can pay 50% to 80% of the costs for medically necessary treatments, like your dental crown. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your coverage. We accept various payment options for any remaining balance, like financing.