Restore and Protect Your Teeth
Damaged or decayed teeth can turn simple tasks such as chewing or eating into difficult, potentially embarrassing situations. Thankfully, dental crowns can help restore your smile.
At Holyoke Mall Dental, Dr. Eric Chen and our experienced dental team provide dental crowns that will seamlessly blend into your smile, fill any gaps, and rejuvenate your appearance. Our reliable crowns are used in several treatments and are hardly noticeable among your natural teeth.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Also known as dental caps, dental crowns are durable porcelain caps placed on top of your teeth to cover and protect them from further damage. They’re a simple and effective way to treat and restore your teeth after decay, dental treatments, or trauma.
Your crowns will be customized to match your teeth’ exact size and shape to prevent food and bacteria from reaching your enamel. We’ll also ensure your crowns match the shade of your natural teeth to seamlessly blend with your smile.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns have become such a popular and widely used treatment because they offer a host of benefits, including:
- Restores functionality
- Protects tooth’s root
- Durable and long-lasting
- Strengthens and preserves teeth
- Natural appearance
When Are Dental Crowns Necessary?
Dr. Chen may recommend dental crowns to a patient whose teeth are:
- Severely decayed
- Chipped, cracked, or broken
- Stained or discolored
- Worn-down or weakened
- Treated with root canal therapy
However, dental crowns aren’t for everyone. To learn if you’re a candidate for dental crowns, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chen at our Holyoke Office by contacting us at (413) 538-7400.
The Dental Crown Process
The dental crown installation process can vary because we use these restorations in several treatments, such as dental implants and bridges. If one of your teeth is being repaired with a dental crown, we can generally complete this process in just two appointments at our Holyoke office.
The journey to a healthy smile begins with your initial consultation with Dr. Chen. During the appointment, he’ll clean and examine your teeth, as well as treat any underlying oral health conditions if necessary. He’ll determine if dental crowns are right for you and discuss your other options if necessary.
Dr. Chen will take detailed impressions of your teeth to help guide the future shape and size of your personalized crown. He can also fit a temporary crown at this time to protect your tooth from further damage.
Installing Your Crowns
A staff member will contact you to schedule your second visit at our Holyoke office once we’ve received your brand-new crowns from our dental lab. Dr. Chen will perform another thorough cleaning of your mouth before we shape your teeth to fit within the edges of your crowns.
Once we’ve smoothed any edges, Dr. Chen will place your crown atop your shaped tooth. To do this, he’ll use a dental-grade adhesive and allow it to harden. After a short waiting period, you’ll leave our Holyoke office feeling proud and excited to show off your newly restored smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental crowns can last between 10 to 30 years before needing to be replaced. You can extend the longevity of your restorations by practicing good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing twice a day, and rinsing after meals can help keep your crowns in good shape. We also recommend visiting your dentist’s office bi-annually for routine cleanings and exams.
Before beginning the procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you won’t feel a thing. You may feel mild discomfort once the numbness fades, but this pain can be easily managed using an over-the-counter pain reliever and cold compress.
If your pain doesn’t subside after a day or so, it may be a sign of a complication. If this is the case, contact your dentist’s office to schedule an appointment. Your dentist will assess your situation and provide appropriate treatment to alleviate your pain.
If you notice that your dental crown has become damaged, loosened, cracked, or is causing discomfort with your smile, we recommend you call your dentist’s office immediately. Your dentist can fix and easily repair your custom restoration. We also recommend not trying to repair a damaged crown as it can make the situation worse and possibly damage your oral health.
The cost of your dental crown treatment will vary depending on several factors, such as how many crowns you have placed. We suggest contacting your dental insurance provider beforehand to learn if your plan will cover the treatment cost. You can also ask if the dental office provides any financing options to ease your financial worries.
Book Your Appointment With Dr. Chen for a Radiant Smile!
If you have damaged or decayed teeth, dental crowns may be the best solution for you. To learn if you’re eligible for dental crowns or to learn more about the process, contact our Holyoke office at (413) 538-7400 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chen.
You can also fill out a contact form, and a team member will be with you shortly. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy smile! Holyoke Mall Dental proudly serves patients across Hampden County, MA, like Westfield, Southampton, and South Hadley, MA. We look forward to helping you smile with confidence!