Dental crowns are a great solution for restoring teeth for many reasons. See the above before and after photos of one of our patients that Dr. Mark A. Marion restored their smile with crowns. More photos of patients that Dr. Mark A. Marion helped achieve dental health and enhanced their smiles by placing crowns can be found in the Smile Gallery tab of this website.
If you have one or more missing teeth, the most permanent and solid replacement for those teeth is to have dental implants. A dental implant is essentially a titanium screw that is surgically implanted into your jawbone in place of the original tooth, and this helps to maintain the integrity of the jawbone and the other oral tissues. Then, a dental prosthetic called a cap or dental crown is placed on top of the implant.
A crown can also be placed on top of an existing tooth that is compromised. Teeth that have large cavities or fillings often do not have sufficient supporting structure. Teeth that have been root canaled will become brittle over time and can break. By placing protective crowns on top of these compromised teeth, we can help save the remaining portion of the teeth. The crown makes the tooth look and feel just like new again.
Let’s talk about why you may be recommended by your dentist to have dental crowns, and where you can go in Zelienople and Greater Pittsburgh for world-class dentistry.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dr. Marion will first remove any cavities or old, breaking down filling material from your tooth. Sometimes he has to add some bonded filling material to give the crown a solid supporting foundation. If needed, he may then lower and shape the tooth so the new crown will fit nicely overtop (think of a thimble over your finger). One of his dental assistants will then scan your teeth, and the crown will be crafted in the lab to fit your bite and the shape of the new prosthetic tooth precisely. Dental crowns at Marion Smile Center are typically fashioned out of tooth-colored Zirconia material. Not only is this material known for its strength and durability, but it has beautiful translucency more closely resembling natural teeth.
Dental crowns are an ideal solution to:
- Repair a cracked or fractured tooth
- Restore a tooth that has a large and/or old leaking filling
- Strengthen a weakened root-canaled tooth
- Cosmetic dentistry: Help a misshapen tooth blend in with the rest of your teeth
- Fit atop a dental implant to create a full tooth replacement
Your crown will be custom-fabricated to match the color, shape, and size of your teeth. The crown is meant to be long-term protection for your tooth.
How Does My Dentist Determine I Need Dental Crowns?
Dr. Marion will examine your mouth, including your teeth and gums, checking for cavities and gum disease. Our team will also take X-rays and photos to evaluate the integrity of your teeth and bone. A treatment plan will be made based on your personal oral health needs.
If you have large cavities, broken teeth, or old breaking down fillings, Dr. Marion will most likely recommend a crown if a bonded filling won’t suffice. If you need a total tooth replacement, and your bone integrity is strong, the dentist will likely recommend a dental implant and crown.
Other good options besides implants for replacing missing teeth are dentures and bridges. Depending on your specific situation, these options may be better for you. Together, you and Dr. Marion will decide which is best for you.
Top Dentist in Zelienople, PA
Here at Marion Smile Center, we offer impression-free technology to customize the perfect shape and fit of your new dental crown. We create a 3-D image of your teeth and bite – this technology means no gooey impression material! Just a quick scan gives your dentist the most accurate image of your teeth and an easier, more precise way to create your beautiful new crown.
At our dental office, our professional team – headed by Dr. Mark Marion – offers the finest in preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services. Dr. Marion continues to win awards from the Pittsburgh community and from his peers in dentistry.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marion, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (724) 452-4300 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to being your family dentist!