Most dentistry looks like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing dental crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
When a tooth is severely decayed or fractured we use porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crowns to restore form and function. We are known for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make for people using this technology. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. It is usual for these treatments to last for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Completing a crown is typically a two appointment procedure. During the first, Dr. Lakhani will prepare your tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel to ensure that your crown fits comfortably into your smile. Once your tooth is prepared, we will take impressions. These impressions are then sent to a trusted dental laboratory, where they are used as the basis for your customized crown. In most cases, the crown is fabricated and returned to the office in one to two weeks. We fit you with a temporary crown during this time to protect your prepared tooth. You will then come back and have the temporary crown removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented into place.
Key Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Repairs fractured/severely decayed teeth
- Offers support to misshapen teeth
- Looks completely natural
- Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems
What are the capabilities of crowns?
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. A higher strength of the porcelain materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in broken teeth, or where teeth have excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, dental crowns and/or dental bridges can be used as a long-term solution.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks/fractures in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns are needed to prevent breakage.