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David B. Solomon, DDS | Crowns in Cambridge

David B. Solomon, D.D.S.

                                      Cambridge Smiles


   Family and Cosmetic Dentistry   



Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover or enhance your smile. If Dr. Solomon notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened or cracked, a crown may be necessary to make sure that the tooth may be made structurally intact. In cases like this a filling or bonding may not be sufficient.

The process of installing a crown occurs during two visits to our office. On the first visit the tooth will be reduced by shaping the enamel and removing decay and cracks to make room for the crown that will be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made to fit the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, Dr. Solomon will fit you with a temporary crown until your laboratory fabricated crown is ready. 

The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to our office. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the laboratory crown. You may or may not require a local anesthetic to numb the area to allow the crown to be placed using a cement that allows the crown to set in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. A crown is durable and will usually last about 10 years or more. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.

Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold alloy. To maintain a natural look, a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth. Porcelain, however, can chip or fracture just like a natural tooth, and will require replacement if damaged. Gold alloy crowns, though less aesthetic, do not chip and are a strong alternative for molar teeth. Please feel free to ask us questions about your crown options, and to see models of the crown options available to you.