Dental Crown Westborough MA

Dental Crowns An Overview

A dental crown can be placed to address a wide range of dental problems, both cosmetic and restorative in nature. Dental crowns are one of the most common dental procedures performed in our Westborough office for patients of all ages. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but are often fabricated using a high-quality ceramic that is color matched to your smile for a natural aesthetic.

Dental crowns are designed to cover the tooth like a cap and are placed over a tooth that has been prepared by removing adequate structure to allow for a stable and comfortable fit. They can be recommended for the following reasons:

  • Tooth damage such as chips and cracked teeth
  • Strengthen a tooth after a root canal
  • Change the color or shape of a tooth
  • Strengthen abutment teeth for a dental bridge

Dr. Tufa also places porcelain dental crowns for the most durable, natural looking result. Porcelain crowns are fused to metal (PFM) for a stable and strong result that is often considered the “gold standard” of dental crowns, even though a gold crown can offer as many benefits. Dr. Tufa will evaluate your needs and educate you on the pros and cons of materials for your consideration.

Dental Crowns What to Expect

The placement of a dental crown will require 2 visits to complete. Once the material has been chosen, Dr. Tufa will prepare the tooth by removing any damage or decay and reducing the tooth for placement of the restoration. A temporary crown is typically placed while a dental lab fabricates your custom crown.

Once complete, your new dental crown is placed and adjusted for comfort and function. Dr. Tufa will permanently secure it in place and polish the surface for a smooth texture.

Inlays & Onlays: Partial Crowns

For treating decay that is extensive and located in a larger tooth, typically the molars, an inlay or onlay may be recommended. Also called a partial crown, this type of restoration is prepared in the same way as a dental crown and will take 2 visits to complete. Dr. Tufa places inlays and onlays using a range of materials including porcelain for the mat natural aesthetic and durability.

Dental Crowns FAQs

Can dental crowns be placed for children?

Yes, children can benefit from the placement of a dental crown if either a primary or permanent tooth has become severely damaged or decayed. In the case of primary teeth, a dental crown can prevent adjacent teeth from decay and maintain the child’s tooth structure so the permanent teeth can develop normally.

Is the dental crown process painful?

Most patients are kept comfortable during the process using a local anesthetic to numb the area to be treated. We also offer dental sedation for patients who desire to be completely relaxed for their procedure.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a dental crown?

In most cases, dental insurance covers at least a portion of the cost of a dental crown. We will provide your estimated portion of the cost after reviewing your specific benefits.

Why choose Westborough Dental?