Dental Crowns

Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile

Nancy Aharon, DDS

Dentist located in Turtle Creek, PA & Forrest Hills, Pittsburgh, PA

Dental crowns are a type of restoration that completely cap or cover a tooth. They can restore your tooth to its original shape and size, and strengthen the affected area. Dr. Nancy Aharon at Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, has demonstrated experience helping her patients decide when to consider dental crowns. Call or book an appointment online today to make the first step toward dental health.

Dental Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are prosthetic devices used to fill gaps and restore your smile in the event of missing or damaged teeth. The team at Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile also recommends crowns to fix alignment and occlusion issues related to missing and shifting teeth.

Crowns typically cap a damaged tooth, covering the tooth entirely to protect, heal, and strengthen the affected area. Unlike other removable devices, crowns are permanent fixtures that can only be removed by a dentist.

What types of crowns exist?

Crowns are made from many different materials to either match the color of your natural teeth or stand out. These include:

  • Stainless steel
  • Metal (gold or alloy)
  • Porcelain
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

Dr. Aharon determines which material is best for you by considering the location of the tooth at hand, the position of the gum tissues, and the tooth’s function. She’ll then create a crown that naturally blends in with your other teeth, and that fits comfortably.

When are crowns necessary?

The dental team at Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile recommends a crown if you have:

  • Suffered from an oversized cavity
  • A missing tooth
  • A dental implant that needs covering
  • A root canal treatment
  • A discolored or cracked tooth

What is the procedure for getting a dental crown?

Dr. Aharon first numbs the tooth in question to make an impression she can base the crown on.

After determining the appropriate material and shading, she’ll cement a temporary crown that can easily come off when the permanent is ready to place. This usually happens a few weeks after the temporary crown is placed, depending on the time it takes the lab to create your crown.

When the permanent crown is ready, Dr. Aharon makes any necessary adjustments before cementing it in place.

How long is a crown supposed to last?

Dental crowns can last up to 15 years, depending on the material used. Dr. Aharon discusses with you what length of time to expect from your crown.

Does a crown require extra care?

Dental crowns require some level of extra care, though they act as any other tooth would. To take care of your crown:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth daily
  • Avoid hard foods
  • Maintain a regular professional cleaning schedule

Call Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile to learn more about your dental crown options or book an appointment online.