Questions About Dental Crowns

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At Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, our team of oral health professionals can install a crown to replace the entire exterior of a tooth. The resulting tooth is stronger, resistant to damage, and protects the interior structure of your tooth, which includes the root, blood vessels, and nerves.

Here are some common questions about crowns, and our procedures in the installation of crowns.

Why is a crown preferable to having a tooth pulled?

Keeping your natural teeth for as long as possible is better for your oral health. Over time, a lost tooth can cause your other teeth to shift and the deterioration of your supporting bone structure, while also affecting the alignment of your bite and increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Pulling the tooth may be more convenient in the short term, but you are better off getting a crown.

How long will my crown last?

At Laser Dentistry of Erie, we employ state-of-the-art materials and techniques that allow us to provide elite dental care to our patients. We handcraft many of our dental restorations, which means you will have a precise, secure fit for your crown. With proper oral hygiene and routine dental examinations and cleanings, your dental crown should last for years to come. 

What will my crown look like?

Our crowns have an exterior of high-grade dental porcelain. This porcelain reflects light the same way that your natural tooth enamel does, and can be shade-matched to look like your other natural teeth. A crown will make your tooth look better, while also improving its shape and alignment.

How long does a crown procedure take?

Typically, any crown procedure requires multiple office visits—one to apply a temporary restoration while the permanent crown is made at a laboratory off-site. However, at Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, we can use our E4D technology to fabricate many crowns and other dental restorations chairside, allowing us to complete many crown procedures in a single day. This technology helps save you time and provides exceptional results.  

Are there alternatives to dental crowns?

Certain alternative restorations may be a better option, depending on your oral health needs. We may suggest placing a tooth-colored filling or inlay/onlay, two restorative options that retain a higher quantity of your natural tooth structure. During your consultation, the dentist will consider your oral health and any pre-existing conditions that you may have to determine which restoration is right for you. 

If you think you need a crown, or want to learn more about our crown procedures, then call our office at (814) 825-2615 to schedule a consultation. We welcome any questions that you may have about getting a crown or the procedure itself. 

Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, is proud to provide top-quality oral health care to Erie, PA, and the surrounding areas.