DENTAL CROWNS IN PITTSBURGH
In the past, it was fairly easy to tell if someone had undergone extensive dental work. Our goal is for our patients to feel confident in their natural looking, brilliant smile, without tell-tale metalwork or unsightly caps. At our downtown Pittsburgh dental office, Dr. Pounds focuses on both functionality and esthetics, replacing existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Dental crowns are used when the chewing surface of the tooth is too damaged for a filling to repair it. A crown restores the look and function of the tooth, strengthening what remains and providing a solid chewing surface.
Porcelain or porcelain over gold restorations provide the most natural look. Crowns made with these materials are extremely durable, and can last 20-30 years or more if properly cared for. Many people have old crowns made of cheaper metals, which break down more easily and can cause multiple problems.
When Are Dental Crowns Used?
Crown restorations are used in many situations, including:
- When a tooth is damaged by trauma or decay, and an onlay or inlay is not sufficient.
- When previous restorations fail or are unsightly.
- When there is unexplained pain in a filled back molar (usually this points to a hairline crack caused by the old filling expanding).
- After a root canal to create a new, natural looking chewing surface.
- To cover a dental implant with a new, natural looking tooth.
When recommending dental crowns, Dr. Pounds focuses both on functionality and esthetics so that the crown will look and feel like your natural tooth. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.Request an Appointment
Porcelain or Porcelain over Gold Restorations
The first appointment consists of three or four steps, depending on why the crown is being created.
- Decay is removed if necessary, or previous work (such as a root canal or dental implant) is checked to ensure healing is complete.
- The tooth is shaped, if necessary, to accommodate the crown.
- An impression is made to ensure that the manufactured crown fits neatly between the adjacent teeth and has the correct chewing surface.
- A temporary crown is fitted to be worn while the crown is being manufactured.
At the lab, a crown is created using the impression. The crown may be completely porcelain, or porcelain bonded to a gold base. The color of the porcelain is matched to your existing teeth so the restoration will be unnoticeable.
The second appointment consists of three steps:
- The temporary crown is removed.
- The permanent crown is fitted and adjusted.
- The crown is cemented firmly into place.
The result of the restoration is a natural looking and feeling tooth that functions properly, supports the adjacent teeth, helps anchor a bridge if necessary, or covers a dental implant for a healthy, happy smile.
Call our dental office in downtown Pittsburgh and ask for an appointment with Dr. Pounds if you would like to have old, cracked crowns replaced with modern, natural looking restorations!