Dental Crowns

Russell B. Fox, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentists located in Middleboro, MA

Crowns can strengthen weak or damaged teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. At Fox Dental in Middleboro, Massachusetts, the experienced and highly skilled dentists install durable crowns that look and feel like natural teeth. If you have a tooth that may need a crown, schedule an appointment online or over the phone.

Dental Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A dental crown is a cover that your dentist places over a weak, damaged tooth to protect and strengthen it. A crown is made of a durable material like porcelain or ceramic. 

Your dentist cements the crown in place, and it keeps your tooth from falling apart. Crowns also have the benefit of improving the appearance of your teeth. 

They completely cover the visible portion of your tooth, and they’re designed to match the color and the look of your natural teeth. 

Your dentist may recommend a crown if you have a cracked, chipped, or discolored tooth, or if there’s a good chance of the tooth becoming damaged. It’s also common to get a crown after a root canal or a large filling. 

These procedures may somewhat weaken your tooth, but a crown can reinforce the tooth afterward. 

Depending on your situation, your dentist may recommend crowns to support a bridge or as the covering for an implant.

What is the procedure to install a crown?

When you go to Fox Dental for a crown, your dentist first prepares the tooth for the crown. This includes removing the outer portion, as well as any decay. If necessary, your dentist may also add some filling material to the tooth so there’s enough structure to support the crown.

After shaping your tooth, your dentist scans the tooth using a state-of-the-art 3D scanner, and the imaging data is used to create a crown that fits perfectly in your mouth. Once your crown is ready, your dentist bonds it to your tooth.

How long do crowns last? 

Modern dental crowns are designed to last for at least 10 years. How long your crown lasts depends on how you take care of it. A crown may still break, and the natural teeth under the crown can still get a cavity.

While crowns are durable and work like natural teeth, it’s important to be cautious so you don’t break them. Don’t bite or chew on hard substances, like ice or hard candy. Be sure to contact your dentist if you have any discomfort or if something seems to be wrong with your crown.

To ensure your crown lasts a long time, it’s also important to practice good oral hygiene. That includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting a routine checkup and cleaning at Fox Dental twice a year.

To learn how a crown can restore your damaged tooth, schedule an appointment at Fox Dental by calling the office or using the online booking feature.