At Maine Dentistry, placing a crown is a simple, painless, fast process that can take as little as two hours. During your consultation, Dr. Lawlor may find that he is able to have your crown created and delivered that very day. In some places, a crown can require a series of visits and multiple injections, but with a 2-hour crown, you get the same quality as a lab crown in one appointment. It’s an easy, stress-free fix that leaves you with a stronger, healthier smile.
“After a lifetime of problem teeth and many dental problems, it was such a relief to find this practice. Dr. Lawlor and his staff are friendly, caring, professional, and go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable and special. I can’t say enough good things about them. I very highly recommend Maine Dentistry.” —Ruth F.
A dental crown is a ‘cap’ shaped like a tooth that is made out of very strong porcelain. Its purpose is to strengthen or repair a decayed or broken tooth to restore normal appearance and function. Crowns can be customized to each person’s needs. This prevents the unnecessary removal of healthy tooth structure and results in a stronger and longer-lasting tooth. They’re usually necessary for teeth that require very large fillings, fractured teeth, teeth worn down due to grinding, teeth that have undergone a root canal, and misshapen or discolored teeth.
The process for inserting a crown can take as little as two hours. During your first visit, we will examine your tooth to ensure that we determine the most conservative and appropriate restoration. If your tooth is broken down substantially, we may need a custom porcelain restoration to keep your bite from changing and to help the tooth stand up to your chewing. After we remove the bad parts of the tooth, we take a 3D scan so we can design a custom crown to replace the missing parts of your tooth. Each crown is unique and designed to fit like a puzzle piece on your tooth. This advanced method preserves as much of your natural tooth as possible and results in a much stronger tooth.
With our 3D scan, we can design your crown on our computers and then send the 3D file to our in-house milling unit. The milling unit uses diamond burs to cut your crown out of a solid block of porcelain. Next, the crown is fitted for accuracy and fired in the furnace for strength. Lastly, it is adhered to your tooth permanently with cutting edge adhesives and cements. Through the use of these adhesives and desensitizing gels, we are able to greatly reduce the amount of pain and sensitivity. No more temporary crowns to lose and break and no more aching teeth. Most of our patients report no discomfort at all.
Proper at-home care will assist in helping your crowns last as long as possible—which can range anywhere from 10 to 15 years or longer. The most common reason a crown fails is that it gets decay or a cavity around the bottom of the porcelain. Excellent oral hygiene through brushing twice daily, flossing daily (especially around the crown area where your gums meet the tooth), and rinsing at least once a day with an antiseptic mouthwash is the best way to help the crown last a lifetime.
Dental bridges are anticipated to last from 10 to 15 years, with the proper care. Excellent oral hygiene routines and regular check-ups help ensure that we catch and correct any issues before the damage goes too far. Since your natural teeth serve as the foundation for the bridges, it’s incredibly important to take good care of them. The presence of crowns or dental bridges does not mean your teeth or the surrounding areas are protected from issues like decay or gum disease. An oral health routine involving brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day can help with the longevity of your porcelain bridges and the prevention of these problems.
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Dr. Lawlor belongs to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists and has been specifically trained in cosmetic dentistry. The American Dental Association does not issue special certifications or licenses indicating which dentists are cosmetic dentists and which are not. The dentist you go to for twice-yearly check-ups is probably not going to be the same dentist you go to for cosmetic enhancement. Unless you’re in the qualified hands of Dr. Lawlor!
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