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When you think of a crown, you may imagine images of kings and queens in castles. However, a crown becomes something very different when used by a dentist. A dental crown can protect and, in some cases, even save a tooth. But what is a crown and how can it benefit you? Find out how you can make your tooth royalty, too, with Dr. Carl Horchos at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is often referred to as a cap since it covers the tooth from the top and “caps” it off. Made from porcelain, the crown fits over the tooth to protect it from future damage, stabilize it against everyday use, or improve its appearance if it is misshapen, yellowed, or stained. In addition to repairing the aesthetics or functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can work together with another dental procedure. Crowns hold dental bridges in place and cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
What can I expect while receiving a crown?
A crowning procedure usually takes at least two visits. The first visit will involve your dentist preparing your tooth to receive the crown, a process which involves shaping the tooth to fit perfectly inside the crown. This ensures a solid and secure bond between the tooth and its new restoration. A dental laboratory creates the crown from a block of ceramic and sends it back to your dentist in about two weeks. The lab uses an impression of your mouth and prepared tooth, taken at your first appointment, on which to base the design of the crown. Your second appointment will occur once your dentist receives the final restoration. At this appointment, your dentist will fit and place the crown permanently onto your tooth.
Dental Crowns in Downingtown, PA
Thanks to their versatility, crowns can benefit many types of patients in various situations. Your dentist can help you determine if crowns are the best treatment for you. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Carl Horchos at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA. Call (484) 364-4292 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Horchos today!
Discover the many wonderful dentistry services we offer right here in Downingtown.
It’s important that no matter how good your oral hygiene is that you have a dentist you can turn to for routine care (and if there are issues). Whether it’s been a while since your last dental visit or you’re currently looking for a dentist, find out what our Downingtown, PA, dentist, Dr. Carl Horchos, can offer you.
No matter how healthy you are, you still need to visit your Downingtown general dentist every six months for routine exams and cleanings. Even if you are a meticulous brusher, you can still miss certain spots where plaque lives. Leave it to us to remove all the plaque and tartar from your teeth, as well as remove surface stains caused by certain foods and drinks. Plus, we can catch problems at their earliest when they are much easier to treat.
Ever dreamed of getting your smile several shades whiter? Want to mask chips and cracks in your teeth or get a straighter smile with dental veneers? Modern-day cosmetic dentistry can do so much for your smile. So, whether you want to make minor tweaks or full-on transformations, we can do it all right here so that you have a smile you love.
Sometimes an infection sets in or a tooth is damaged while playing sports. When these problems arise it’s important that you have a dentist you can turn to right away for immediate care. Not only do we provide emergency dentistry when you need it most, we also provide comprehensive restorative dentistry treatments, from root canal therapy to dental implants.
Gum Disease Treatment
Did you know that most Americans deal with some form of gum disease? A lot of people with gum disease don’t even know it (which is another reason why you should be coming in twice a year for checkups). Gum disease is one of the main causes of tooth and bone loss, but we can prevent these complications from happening altogether by helping you manage your symptoms for the long run.
Whether you need to schedule your upcoming cleaning or you just have questions about the services we offer, don’t hesitate to call Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA, today. We are here to provide you with the care you need for a healthy smile.
Restorative dental procedures improve smiles affected by tooth decay or damage. Dr. Carl Horchos of Chestnut Dental Associates in Downington, PA, shares some information about a few common restorative techniques.
Improving the function and appearance of teeth
A variety of restorative treatments is used to repair damage and transform teeth marred by imperfections, including:
- Fillings: Fillings, one of the most important restorative procedures, protect teeth after decay has been removed. Silver amalgam or composite resin filling materials seal the hole in your tooth, which not only makes it possible to chew on the tooth but also prevents bacteria from invading it.
- Crowns: Crowns slip over teeth and provide superior protection and stability for damaged teeth. They're created using an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new restoration fits perfectly. Crowns are often recommended if your tooth breaks due to a blow to your mouth or a crack, or if your tooth has been weakened by a dental procedure. Although crowns provide the protection damaged teeth need, they can also conceal flaws, such as oddly shaped or pitted teeth or teeth that have become discolored due to side effects from antibiotics or other medications.
- Bridges: Would you like to replace a missing tooth? Bridges, an excellent tooth replacement option, feature artificial teeth suspended between two crowns. After Dr. Horchos checks the fit of your new bridge in his Downington office, he'll permanently attach your bridge to your teeth to ensure that it doesn't slip or move when you eat.
- Dental veneers: Dental imperfections don't always affect your entire tooth. If you're concerned about a chip in the front of your tooth or don't like the gaps between your teeth, you'll want to consider veneers. These tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain are bonded to the fronts of your teeth, providing excellent coverage for discolorations and minor flaws.
- Dentures: Removable dentures can help you regain your ability to eat your favorite foods if you've lost all of your teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, you may want to choose full or partial dentures.
Protect your smile with restorative dental procedures. Call your Downington, PA, general dentist, Dr. Horchos of Chestnut Dental Associates, at (484) 364-4292 to schedule your appointment.
Do missing, chipped or unsightly teeth have you feeling as though your smile is too far gone to repair? If so, you don’t have to give up on your smile yet. Restorative dentistry could help you get your smile back, boost your confidence and make you feel great about your grin again. Find out more with help from your Downingtown, PA dentist at Chestnut Dental Associates.
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry procedures restore the structure of a damaged or weakened tooth, providing a normal appearance and proper chewing surface. Teeth are most often damaged due to tooth decay or trauma to the tooth. Additionally, old restorations may wear down or become damaged over time, requiring replacement.
What can restorative dentistry do for me?
Restorative dentistry is versatile, with many procedures available. Some popular restorative dentistry procedures offered by your Downingtown dentist include:
- Fillings: Dental fillings are usually made from tooth-colored composite materials, though other options like silver amalgam and gold are available. A filling is most common when your dentist removes a cavity from a tooth. The composite materials fill and seal off the tooth, preventing further infection.
- Bridges: Dental bridges replace a missing tooth. The bridge itself is essentially a row of false teeth which attach to the surrounding natural teeth using either dental crowns or metal clasps. Bridges also keep the surrounding teeth from moving to compensate for the gap between them.
- Crowns: Crowns cover a weakened or damaged tooth to stabilize, protect and strengthen it. Crowns are often used after root canal therapy or to protect the tooth after a large filling.
- Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth’s root. A tiny titanium post surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth integrates into the bone over time. This provides a sturdy foundation for a dental crown, which fits over the implant and replaces the tooth itself.
- Dentures: For patients missing all of the teeth on an arch, traditional or implant-supported dentures replace the whole arch of teeth. Depending on the type of denture, they may be permanent or removable.
For more information on restorative dentistry procedures to help you love your smile, please contact Dr. Carl J. Horchos at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA. Call (484) 364-4292 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for restoration dental procedures today!