Dr. Doroshenko and Dr. Lazer use porcelain dental crowns to add strength and protection to teeth with a natural-looking result. We now offer the convenience of same-day dental crowns with innovative CEREC technology.
Dental Crowns Restore Health, Beauty, Function
A dental crown restores cracked, broken or crooked teeth; as well as teeth that have decay or had a root canal. Because a dental crown fits over the tooth like a thimble, it is also known as a tooth cap. This common dental restoration can improve the appearance of a tooth and give it strength to protect it from future damage.
You may need a dental crown for the below situations:
- Protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking, or to hold a cracked tooth together.
- Restore a broken tooth or a severely worn down tooth.
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left.
- Hold a dental bridge in place.
- Cover misshapen or severely stained teeth.
- Restore a dental implant.
A dentist can choose amongst many materials for creating a dental crown. Dr. Lazer, Baltimore’s cosmetic dentist, chooses porcelain dental crowns because they offer natural-looking results and long-term strength. No one will be able to notice you are wearing a crown because they blend in seamlessly with your smile.
Single Visit Dental Crown
Dr. Lazer and Dr. Doroshenko are part of a handful of dentists in Baltimore to integrate CEREC technology into his dental practice. CEREC is a state-of-the-art dental technology that allows Dr. Lazer to fabricate same-day dental restorations including dental crowns, inlays, and onlays.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and uses CAD/CAM technology to design and fabricate tooth-colored ceramic dental crowns in one office visit.
How Does CEREC Work?
We are now doing many of our dental crown procedures with CEREC technology in our Baltimore dental office. Dr. Lazer will scan your compromised tooth that will create a 3-D digital image. We will use this 3-D image to design a crown that will fit perfectly.
We will send this image to our in-office milling system where it will make your custom crown. There are so many benefits to using CEREC software, such as:
- The Crown is made of high-quality porcelain
- There is no need for a temporary crown
- There is no need for impression trays
- All steps in the crown process are complete in one office visit
- The crown fits more snugly with the use of digital 3-D imaging
Our dental care team will evaluate your condition and choose the type of dental crown that is right for you. For anterior teeth, those in the smile zone, Dr. Lazer may prefer to use a dental laboratory.
Dental Crown FAQs
How long does a dental crown take to adjust to?
Most patients report it taking about 4 days to adjust to a new crown in their mouth. In most cases after 4 days the crown starts to feel like a normal part of the patient’s mouth.
How long should a crown last on a tooth?
The lifespan of a crown depends on a variety of factors. Depending on a patient’s diet, oral hygiene, and the placement of the crown, a crown can last anywhere between 10-30 years.
Is crown removal painful?
Removing a dental crown at the dentist office is a pain-free procedure. Patients may feel some pressure, but the procedure does not involve any nerves and is generally pain-free.
Does the dentist near me numb you for a crown?
Yes. To place a permanent crown, the dentist must numb the surrounding area of the affected tooth. Then, he will cement the crown to your tooth. The dentist will already have designed and created the crown to fit perfectly over your tooth, so this procedure is fairly simple.
Can you eat normally with crowns?
Patients with crowns can eat normally. We advise patients to avoid sticky things for at least 24 hours following the procedure. Then, patients can eat whatever they choose with caution, as it may take a few days to adjust to your new crown.
What should I expect after dental crowns?
After your dentist places a dental crown, you should expect to feel minor discomfort for a few days. Within a week or two, most patients report decreased discomfort. You can reduce gum swelling by using warm salt water rinses two to three times daily.
How long should my discomfort last after getting a dental crown?
After placing your crown, you may experience some pain and discomfort for a short time. In general, pain should subside after a few weeks. If you’re still in a lot of pain after two weeks, call our office for a checkup.
Why does my crown hurt at night?
A fractured dental crown can cause discomfort and mild pain. Bruxism, or nighttime teeth-grinding, can cause the crown to fracture. This may cause tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold items. Schedule a visit if this occurs.
Schedule a Dental Exam and Consultation
Learning more about dental crowns in our Owings Mills, MD and Baltimore, MD area dental office. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Doroshenko or Dr. Lazer. We are currently welcoming new patients. Call (410) 697-6290 to schedule a free consultation or request a visit using our online form.