Dental Crowns & Bridges in Allentown, PA
Crowns serve a variety of needs. Whether you have a damaged, fractured, or misshapen tooth or you’ve recently had a root canal, a crown protects the existing tooth structure.
Whether you need a dental crown to restore damage or a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, rest assured that at Evolve Dental Care, we work with the top custom dental labs. That’s a significant benefit because these labs use only the highest quality materials to create your dental crown or bridge. Not all dental labs operate to the highest standards, but we make sure ours do. That way, we know you’ll be much happier with the results. And that gives everyone something to smile about!
If you would like more information about dental crowns and bridges at our Allentown dental office, please check out some of the questions below. Then call us at (610) 797-8245 to arrange an appointment.
- What are dental crowns used for?
- How long does it take to get a dental crown?
- What’s the difference between a dental crown and a tooth-colored filling?
- What types of crowns do you offer?
- My old filling is chipping. What can you do to help?
- My crown keeps falling off. What’s going on?
- What’s the best way to care for my new dental crown?
What are dental crowns used for?
Porcelain dental crowns fully enclose a tooth to protect and strengthen it. There are many instances where we may recommend a dental crown:
- Protect and strengthen a tooth after a root canal procedure
- Support a fixed dental bridge
- Restore a tooth after placement of a dental implant
- Conceal a large, discolored metal filling
- Provide a new shape for a tooth that is poorly sized or proportioned
From start to finish, getting dental crowns at our Allentown dental office takes about two to three weeks. Please call us at (610) 797-8245 for an appointment to see if a dental crown is right for you.
How long does it take to get a dental crown?
In most cases, it takes two to three weeks to place a durable porcelain dental crown
- The first step is to prepare your tooth to receive the crown. Since the crown adds bulk, we need to remove an equal amount from the tooth so that the crown fits well and looks natural.
- Next, we take impressions of your teeth that we use to create a model. We then use the model to create a temporary crown, and a top custom dental lab in our area uses it to fabricate your new all-porcelain dental crown.
- In about two weeks, your final crown will be ready, and you will return to Evolve Dental Care. Our dentists will check the crown for fit, ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your dental bite, and cement it securely in place on the prepared tooth.
If you need more information about dental crowns, please call Evolve Dental Care for an appointment.
What’s the difference between a dental crown and a tooth-colored filling?
The main difference between a dental crown and a tooth-colored filling is the extent of damage they can adequately address. Dental fillings are an excellent solution in many cases, but they have their limitations.
For example, we can use a filling to repair a cavity, but if damage has compromised too much of the tooth structure, it wouldn’t be enough to protect it. In this case, our dentists would recommend a porcelain dental crown.
At Evolve Dental Care, we want you to know that you have options. Please call us at (610) 797-8245 to learn how a porcelain crown might benefit you.
What types of crowns do you offer?
Ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are great choices, but there’s one distinct difference. Both materials are durable and long-lasting, but ceramic crowns offer greater cosmetic appeal. It’s easy to spot porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns because of their noticeable dark line near the gums.
These days, more people choose ceramic just because it’s strong and beautiful. While we make recommendations about which type of crown to consider, we always leave it up to the patient to make the final decision.
My old filling is chipping. What can you do to help?
If your tooth keeps chipping, a dental crown may be your best option for restoring it. It’s natural for older fillings to start to deteriorate; but if we don’t take steps to strengthen the tooth, it may become more damaged or even fracture.
Porcelain crowns placed at Evolve Dental Care are durable and beautiful. We’ll create your new crown out of a ceramic material that looks similar to your natural dental enamel.
If you’re worried about fillings that are failing, please call our Allentown dental office. We’ll be happy to set up a consultation so we can make appropriate recommendations.
My crown keeps falling off. What’s going on?
If your dental crown is falling off, one of two things might be happening.
- The tooth beneath it doesn’t have enough structure to stabilize the crown. We may be able to perform additional treatments to build up the tooth to support a dental crown successfully.
- Decay beneath the crown compromised the seal of cement that secures the crown to the tooth.
If your crown comes off, try to place it back on the tooth and call us to make an appointment. Call us at (610) 797-8245 to make an appointment to see what’s happening and the best way to address the problem.
What’s the best way to care for my new dental crown?
Well-made porcelain dental crowns in Allentown, PA that are cared for properly can last 15 years or longer. Here are a few tips to help you get the most longevity from your new dental crown:
- Brush twice and floss once a day and keep current with your six-month dental exams and cleanings. During these visits, we’ll check your dental crown to make sure it’s stable and in good condition.
- Ask your dental hygienist for tips on stepping up your oral hygiene game. Your crown can’t decay, but the tooth beneath it can, which will require further treatment.
- Avoid foods like nuts and crunchy bread that can chip your new dental crown. Likewise, chewing on ice can also damage your crown. Also, stay away from gummy or sticky candies that can pull your crown off.
If you’re considering getting a porcelain dental crown in Allentown, PA, please call Evolve Dental Care to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists.
What is the purpose of dental bridges?
A dental bridge is designed to replace one or more missing teeth to restore function and appearance. It is made up of an artificial tooth that sits in the open space and is suspended on either side by attaching dental crowns to adjacent teeth. Getting a dental bridge is a relatively simple procedure that usually takes place over two dental appointments.
Bridges can last 15 years or longer with proper care. One of the major reasons for bridge failure is that cavities occur in the teeth supporting the bridge. Pay attention to your dental hygiene and visit your Allentown dentist every six months for exams and cleanings.
For more information on dental bridges in Allentown, please call Evolve Family Dental to arrange an appointment.
Why should I replace missing teeth?
If you are missing one or more teeth, it’s critical that you fill in the gap left behind. Although it might not seem like a big deal, an open space in your mouth will lead to the rest of your teeth shifting. This space can alter your dental bite and will likely lead to even more tooth loss.
Dental bridges and other structures can prevent teeth from shifting around after tooth loss. This keeps your bite aligned and can prevent oral issues like temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)—a condition that may cause jaw clicking and headache or facial pain.