Michael Sargent Dentistry -  - General Dentist

Michael Sargent Dentistry

General Dentists located in Chelmsford, MA

A crown is a common type of advanced dentistry treatment used to restore a natural tooth or cap a dental implant. At Michael Sargent Dentistry in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Michael Sargent, DDS, and his team offer natural-looking porcelain crowns to maintain your bite and smile. Find out more about dental crowns and if it’s right for you by calling the office.

Crowns Q & A

Why do I need a dental crown?

A dental crown is essential to protect and restore the part of your tooth that’s above the gum line. Your dentist may recommend a crown — or several crowns — if you have any of the following:

  • Severe decay
  • Dental implant 
  • Weakened tooth
  • Misshapen tooth
  • Breaks or fractures
  • Severely discolored teeth
  • Damaged filling that can’t be replaced

Modern crowns are fabricated with state-of-the-art technology, so they blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. No one will be able to tell which tooth is false. 

What is the process of getting a crown?

Getting a crown usually takes at least a couple of visits to the office of Michael Sargent Dentistry. Your first official crown appointment — after your initial evaluation — involves prepping your tooth by reshaping it in a manner to support a crown.

This visit involves taking impressions both before and after prepping your tooth. Your dentist uses these impressions to make a temporary crown to attach the very same day. Then they send the impressions off to a dental lab where your permanent crown is made.

Within 2-3 weeks, your new porcelain crown arrives at the office, and you’ll need to come in to have it bonded. This appointment, which takes just a few minutes, involves removing your temporary crown, cleaning your natural tooth, and bonding your permanent crown into place. 

How long do crowns last?

With good oral hygiene, including twice-a-year dental cleanings and exams, your new crown from Michael Sargent Dentistry can last a lifetime. 

Even though your new crown is durable and can’t decay, your natural underlying tooth certainly can, so make sure you are continuing to practice optimal oral health.

The caring dental team counsels you on how to protect your crown and improve your oral health, so your crown doesn’t break and your underlying tooth doesn’t decay. For instance, it’s important to brush and floss daily and avoid overly hard or sticky foods to help prolong the life of your crown. 

Book your crown evaluation at Michael Sargent Dentistry by calling to speak with a team member.