Dental Crowns

Damaged, decayed, or missing teeth can cause discomfort and make normal activities, such as chewing and speaking, more difficult.

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we offer both traditional and implant-supported crowns to restore the form and function of your smile.

What makes dental crowns such a trusted treatment option?

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Crowns Offer  Functional and Cosmetic Benefits

Improved Oral Health

Crowns can restore dental function to a severely damaged tooth, allowing you to chew and speak properly once again

Restored Balance 

If you have a worn or unusually shaped tooth, a crown can restore the natural balance of your bite, reducing your risk of TMJ disorder and other dental issues triggered by misalignment. 

Enhanced Self-Confidence 

A crown can enhance your appearance and might be recommended during a smile makeover. After treatment, your smile may look brighter, healthier, and years younger.

Here's how dental crowns are placed...

Curious about how long dental crowns last? 

Is a dental crown right for your needs? 

Crowns Can Also Replace Missing Teeth 

Crowns can also top dental implants or support a dental bridge to replace missing teeth.

Do you qualify for a dental crown? 

Requirements

Drs. John M. Pinnix or George A. Betancourt will thoroughly evaluate your needs and your oral health to determine if a crown is right for you. There are two primary candidacy factors: 

Sufficient Dental Tissue 

In order to receive a traditional crown, the tooth must be able to provide the necessary support. If a tooth is too compromised to support a crown, extraction may be necessary. In this case, we can discuss replacing the tooth with a dental implant-supported crown.

Good Oral Health

Like your teeth, crowns need a healthy foundation. Any issues such as decay or gum disease must be resolved before providing your dental crown.

But is the process painful? 

We Offer Sedation to Help Make Treatment Comfortable 

We understand that for many patients, a fear of the dentist can get in the way of essential dental care. For this reason, we offer various forms of sedation to meet your needs: 

  • Nitrous oxide 
  • Oral conscious 
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation
  • General anesthesia 

Our doctors can administer deeper forms of sedation in addition to the local anesthesia used to prevent you from feeling any pain in the treatment area. Deeper forms of sedation are typically recommended for patients who are undergoing extensive rehabilitation or surgery. 

IV drip

Here's how a conventional crown is placed...

Dental crown placement

What kinds of tools and techniques are used? 

We Use Advanced Imaging  and the CEREC® System

Our office is equipped with digital X-rays, which expose patients to much less radiation than traditional X-rays and are immediately viewable by our dentists. 

If you qualify for a same-day dental crown, Drs. Pinnix or Betancourt will also use a digital intraoral scanner to take impressions of your smile. This eliminates the need for goopy putty impressions. 

These impressions will then be uploaded directly to our in-house CEREC milling unit. This system can fabricate beautiful dental crowns in under one hour so that you can go home with your new restoration permanently in place on the same day. 

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What can you expect when receiving a conventional dental crown? 

Traditional Dental Crowns Can Be Placed in One Day 

After treatment, your smile may look brighter, healthier, and years younger.
After treatment, your smile may look brighter, healthier, and years younger.

Reshaping 

Before placing a crown, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will remove compromised tissue and reshape the remaining tissue before taking impressions of your tooth. 

Impressions

If you qualify for a same-day crown, your doctor will use our CEREC® system to take digital impressions. 

CEREC® Fabrication

These images, used to design your custom restoration, will be uploaded to our in-office milling machine. The system will fabricate your crown in an hour or less. CEREC uses solid, tooth-colored porcelain that is incredibly durable and has a natural sparkle, much like dental enamel.

Offsite Lab Fabrication

If you are not receiving a same-day crown, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will take manual impressions and send them to our state-of-the-art dental lab. There, technicians can create a crown from the material of your choice.

Placement 

After your restoration is fabricated, your dentist will ensure that it fits correctly. If you and your dentist are both happy with the results, your crown will be attached to the tooth.
Image of placement of a dental crown
Dental crowns restore both form and function to your teeth.

What if the crown is replacing a tooth? 

The Process for Receiving an Implant-Supported Crown

An implant-supported crown can restore function while preventing bone recession.
An implant-supported crown can restore function while preventing bone recession.

Imaging

Your dental x-rays will help your dentist place your implant in the best possible position for long-lasting benefits. 

Sedation

Before your implant surgery, your doctor can administer both local anesthesia and a deeper type of sedation at your request.

Implant Placement

Your doctor will create a small incision in your gums. Through this opening, your doctor can place the implant in your jawbone before closing the incision.

Healing

Your jawbone will fuse with the implant post over a period of about four to six months. 

Implant-Supported Restoration

When the implant has completely integrated with the jaw, your dentist will attach an abutment (connector) device to the implant. He will then take impressions of the implant and surrounding teeth to create your crown, which will be attached to the abutment.

How do you take care of your crowns at home? 

Making Your Crowns Last for Many Years 

Although dental crowns are built to last, they are not indestructible. Taking proper care of your crowns can provide many years of benefits:

Watch what you eat. Avoid using your crown to chew especially hard or sticky foods that could dislodge or damage your crown. 

Change your flossing technique. Brush your crowns like you would your natural teeth, but when you floss near the crown, pull the thread from front to back rather than moving it up and down within the gap. This will help you avoid having the thread catch beneath the crown and causing it to become loose.

Attend regular check-ups. During these visits, your dentist can evaluate the integrity of your crowns and make adjustments if necessary. 

An illustration of an implant-supported crown
Dental implants are titanium screws that fuse with your jawbone tissue to provide unrivaled support for restorations.

Implant-Supported Crowns Offer a Unique Set of Benefits

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Protect Healthy Teeth

Because bridges fit on top of the adjacent teeth, your dentist would need to remove a considerable amount of dental tissue to place the restoration. In contrast, implant-supported crowns do not affect your existing teeth.

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A More Durable Option

Dental implants are typically more durable than even the most carefully created bridges. In fact, with appropriate maintenance, implants can last the rest of your life

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Maintain Jaw Health

An implant post promotes bone regeneration, sending signals to your jaw to trigger new tissue growth. Consequently, you will have a much lower risk for additional tooth loss.

Will receiving an implant affect my candidacy?

How do I decide between a dental bridge and a crown?

Understanding the Differences  Can Help You Choose

Implant-Supported Crowns

An implant-supported crown fills gaps in your smile without affecting the health of neighboring teeth. In addition, implants offer unparalleled stability.

However, implant-supported restorations have a much longer timeline than traditional tooth replacement options. You may have to undergo additional procedures, such as a bone graft, to qualify. While most patients find the benefits of implants outweigh the additional costs, it is important to fully discuss your options with your doctor.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge can also replace missing teeth and provide restored oral function and appearance. In many cases, bridge patients can restore their smile in just a few weeks.

However, placing a bridge requires Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt to remove healthy tissue from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. This process may weaken the teeth and cause other oral health issues in the future. Many patients still opt for a traditional bridge due to lower costs and quicker results.

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