Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dental crowns cover a natural tooth like a cap which provides an entirely new surface and adds stability. If you need a crown, cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall … Click to go to the page of Dr Lindsey Marshall … uses advanced technology and quality materials to craft durable dental restorations for patients in and around the Philadelphia area.
Crowns are a more comprehensive option than dental fillings for correcting a number of common issues that affect a tooth. A crown is often an ideal solution for problems like:
- Broken or cracked teeth.
- Teeth with severe wear.
- Oddly shaped teeth.
If you need multiple restorations to treat a health or cosmetic issue, crowns can also help anchor a dental bridge in place. Dr. Marshall … Click to go to the page of Dr Lindsey Marshall … also sees patients who have dental implants and are in need of a custom restoration to complete their newly revitalized smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your common questions answered by the experts.
- What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?A dental crown can be made from gold alloy, dental composite, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all-porcelain. Since Dr. Marshall only uses metal-free and mercury-free products in her office, all of our crowns are all-porcelain only. Dr. Marshall also offers composite crowns but they are not as strong, especially on back teeth where a sturdy chewing surface is essential.
To find out how a crown can help you, please call the office of Lindsey Marshall, DMD, today at (610) 649-0696 … Click to call us … . Dr. Marshall welcomes patients from Philadelphia and other Main Line communities to her office in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
- How Are Dental Crowns Placed?First Dr. Marshall will remove all damage and decay and any old filling that are worn out. After doing a thorough preparation, she will take an impression and photographs of the area and input them with measurements and other data into our CEREC systems. While you wait for a brief time, your crown will be milled according to Dr. Marshall’s specs. She will attach it with a temporary bond to test your bite and ask you how it feels. When you are both satisfied, she will bond it permanently to your tooth.
- What Are Porcelain Crowns?A porcelain crown is a glass-like ceramic not unlike delicate china. By itself it is brittle, but once bonded to your tooth it is hard, durable, and visually pleasing. It contains no metal.
Whatever a crown is made of must be hard enough to withstand chewing forces for years, yet not so hard that it will wear down the opposing teeth. Gold alloy fulfills those requirements, but looks unattractive. Dental porcelain also fulfills them and has the added benefit of looking like tooth enamel.
Tooth enamel and porcelain are not transparent, but they are semi-translucent. Some light penetrates them and some bounces off. The light that penetrates reflects off the layer beneath the surface. In the case of enamel, that is the dentin layer. In the case of porcelain, it is the dental cement attaching the porcelain restoration. By absorbing some light and reflecting some, enamel and porcelain achieve a similar pearly sheen.
Porcelain is also stain-resistant so that your dental crowns, or other porcelain restorations such as porcelain veneers or porcelain fillings, will remain a clean white color for their lifetime.
- How Long Do CEREC Crowns Take To Create?Only one appointment is required for the creation and placement of CEREC crowns, and the appointment only takes about 30 minutes! Dr. Marshall will prepare your teeth and create the crowns in her office using the CEREC technology. Crowns created with CEREC only take about 20 minutes or less to create, allowing Dr. Marshall to prepare, create, and place your crowns in around 30 minutes total.
- Do CEREC Single Visit Crowns Require Any Special Care?CEREC crowns don’t require any specific care other than general, proper oral hygiene. You should treat your crowns as you would your normal, healthy teeth by continuing to brush and floss. This will not only increase the longevity of the crown but promote overall dental health.
- What Happens If My Dental Crown Comes Off?If the crown is properly done by a qualified dentist, it should not come off. Dr. Marshall uses the best bonding material and high-quality porcelain and has over six years of experience placing crowns. A temporary crown might come off, but since we have CEREC technology and can make your crown while you wait, we do not always need to give you a temporary crown.
- What Daily Care Does a Crown Need?It needs the same daily brushing and flossing you give your natural teeth. The crown is part of the tooth, and just as bacteria can spread down between the gums and teeth, they can also spread between the gums and a crown. If you remove plaque and food particles thoroughly and regularly and come for your routine check-ups and professional cleaning, your dental crown should last many years — even decades.
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