Dental Crowns

What is a crown?

A crown is a cover or “cap” our dentists can put over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. A crown can make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.

Why do I need a crown?

You may need a crown if you:

• have a cavity that is too large for a filling

• have a tooth that is cracked, worn down, or otherwise weakened

• have had root canal treatment-the crown will protect the restored tooth

• want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile

What is it made from?

Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or composite resin may be used. When a crown is made, the material often is colored to blend in with your natural teeth.

Our dentists want your crown to look natural and fit comfortably in your mouth. To decide which material to use for your crown, your dentist will consider many factors, such as:

• the tooth’s location and function

• the position of the gum tissue

• your preference

• the amount of tooth that shows when you smile

• the color or shade of the tooth

How is a crown placed?

We do same day crowns, the whole process takes about 2 hours from start to finish. When a crown is placed over a natural tooth, several steps are involved:

1. The dentist prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion so the crown will fit. Any decay is also removed. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, the dentist may build up the core of the tooth.

2. An impression is made to provide an exact model for the crown. The impression is made by digitally scanning the tooth.

3. From the digital scan, the crown is milled in the cerec machine.

4. When the new crown is ready, the dentist places it in your mouth and makes the necessary adjustments.When you and your dentist are happy with how it looks and feels, the crown is cemented into place.

 

 

Caring for your crowns:

Like natural teeth, crowns can break. And the tooth under the crown can still get cavities. To prevent cavities or damage to your crown:

• Brush your teeth twice a day and clean between your teeth once a day.

• Avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects, such as pencils, especially if you have tooth-colored crowns.

• Be sure to see your dentist & hygienists for regular exams and professional teeth cleanings.

 

 

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Providing a safe environment for treatment and control for infectious disease is always a priority at Paul Stanovick DDS. Our expansive reception area and large outdoor deck provides space to easily support regulations surrounding social distancing. The treatment rooms provide an extra layer of protection as they are sanitized between each patient and provide clean air through air purifiers located in each room. We encourage that all patients schedule for their essential or ongoing treatment. Proactively treating your dental needs will benefit both your health and reduce the need for corrective treatment over time. We do ask that any high-risk patients postpone any elective dental treatment at this time. You will see some changes during your next appointment as we have added precautions to protect patients and staff. All patients will be asked to fill out a COVID-19 screening form as well as have their temperature taken. You will be asked to enter the building with use of facial protection and asked to wear it until you are in the treatment room. Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the whole building for your use. You may notice that our magazine and children’s books have been removed from the reception area as they are harder to disinfect. We have installed plexiglass around our front reception area for added distancing between front staff and patients waiting for appointments. Air purifiers have been placed in every operatory with two larger purifiers in the front and back of the office. We have provided face shields, lab jackets and barrier gowns for all clinical staff. Our hours of operation will still remain Monday -Friday 8am-5pm. We are trying our best to re-appoint patients that missed March 2020 & April 2020 dental appointments. We are looking forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about treatment and the safety precautions we are taking here at the practice. If you would like to make an appointment you can give us a call or text 804.781.1919. Thank you for your patience during these changing times and for your trust in us with taking care of your dental needs. Sincerely, Dr. Paul Stanovick, Dr. Brant Stanovick, and Staff.