A dental crown can be placed to address a wide range of dental problems, both cosmetic and restorative in nature. They are one of the most common dental procedures performed in our Westborough office for patients with a range of dental concerns or cosmetic needs. 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 the 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. Patel also places porcelain dental crowns for the most durable, natural-looking result. They 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. We will evaluate your needs and educate you on the pros and cons of different materials.
Dental Crowns: What to Expect
The placement of a dental crown will require 2 visits to complete. Once the material has been chosen, we 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. You should receive your final permanent restoration in about two weeks.
Once complete, your new tooth crown is placed and adjusted for comfort and function. We will permanently secure it in place and polish the surface for a smooth texture.
Same Day Dental Crowns in Westborough
Dr. Patel has the ability to design and place a high-quality ceramic dental crown during s single visit with CEREC. This unique CAD/CAM technology uses digital impressions and special software to customize and mill a dental crown in our office. CEREC offers many benefits for patients including:
- One stop dental crowns: no need for a return visit to place a final restoration
- Quick replacement for lost crowns: if you have a damaged crown or have lost a crown, we can replace your crown in one visit
- Customized to your smile: CEREC enables our team to customize and color-match your new crown and make adjustments for a comfortable and lasting result
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 standard crown, and will take 2 visits to complete. Our team places inlays and onlays using a range of materials including porcelain for the most natural aesthetic and durability.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Most patients are kept completely comfortable during the process using a local anesthetic to numb the area to be treated.
Is a dental crown covered by insurance?
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.
Do you repair broken dental crowns?
Dr. Patel will work with you to either repair or replace a broken dental crown. If your crown falls out, contact our Westborough dental office as soon as possible for guidance on how to proceed.