Dental Crowns: The Perfect Solution for Damaged Teeth

Dental Crowns: The Perfect Solution for Damaged Teeth

Mar 01, 2021

Decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth are some of the common issues that plague countless people. Aesthetics aside, having flawed teeth can cause other severe oral problems that can lead to tooth loss and sometimes bone loss, as is the case with advanced periodontitis.

However, having such dental issues in our day and age isn’t an option when our Glastonbury dentist offers dental crowns in Glastonbury, CT. For some time now, tooth caps have been the go-to option for patients who desire to rectify dental flaws such as decayed, discolored, or cracked teeth.

Dental crowns in Glastonbury, CT, are an excellent option if you desire to save your natural tooth.

Who Needs a Tooth Cap?

Typically, almost anyone can benefit from using tooth crowns. However, you are a perfect candidate for the treatment if you need to:

  • Attach a dental bridge
  • Restore a fractured or cracked tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has a chunky filling, and there isn’t enough tooth structure remaining
  • Cover an implant
  • Cover a severely damaged tooth
  • Protect a weak tooth

In a nutshell, a tooth cap is designed to restore a damaged tooth to its normal function, size, and shape. It can restore a tooth by completely covering the damaged tooth, making it look and feel like your natural tooth.

What Are Crowns Made Of?

Tooth caps are designed to restore your tooth’s normal functions, and to do so, it has to be made in such a way that it can serve its purpose for a given amount of time. Therefore, they are fashioned from different materials, including:

All- Porcelain

These crowns have excellent aesthetics since they mimic the color and feel of your natural teeth. If you also have metal allergies, porcelain crowns are a good substitute. They are the best option if you desire to restore damaged front teeth.


These are less expensive crowns. This is because they are fashioned from resin (plastic). They also are tooth-colored. However, they tend to get stained much faster and are less resistant to wear. They also break much easier than porcelain-fused to metal.


Various metals are used to make these types of crowns, such as gold, nickel, chromium, and palladium. They are known for their sturdiness. This means that they can last longer than other types of crowns. They can withstand the biting and chewing force, and they rarely chip or break. This makes them an excellent choice for back tooth restorations.

However, they are not considered aesthetically pleasing by most clients due to their color.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Crown

The ideal scenario is when your crown looks natural and can fit comfortably in your mouth. Therefore, you need to carefully choose the type of crown you need so that you leave our Glastonbury dental office satisfied with the results.

To consider the type of material that is appropriate for your situation, you and our dentist will consider certain factors such as:

  • The position of your gum tissue
  • The shade or color of the surrounding teeth
  • The amount of tooth that is visible when you are smiling
  • The tooth’s function and location

Also, essential things that are considered include costs and insurance. After going through all these factors, you can now confidently state your preferences.

How Are Dental Crowns Placed?

Typically, it takes two dental visits before you can get your permanent crown. Here is what you can expect:

  • Our dentist starts by preparing your teeth by carefully removing or filing down the outer portion of your damaged tooth. This is done so that the crown can fit snugly. But if you don’t have enough tooth structure, our dentist will build up the tooth’s core.
  • After that, our dentist will take an impression of your filed tooth. The impression can be made by digitally scanning your tooth or using a mold.
  • A temporary crown will then be fabricated and placed over the tooth while you wait for your permanent crown. The temporary crown is placed on your tooth so that it can protect the remaining tooth structure.
  • After two weeks, your permanent crown will be ready. The temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be cemented in place.

If you desire to get instant results, then you may need to go for same-day crowns that are fabricated and placed in a single visit. If you need porcelain crown services or any other dental service, contact our Glastonbury dentist, Steven F. Hinchey, DMD, to schedule an appointment.

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