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Crowns Specialist

Barbara K. Galbreath, DMD

General Dentistry located in Hartford, CT

Are you considering dental crowns to replace missing teeth? Crowns are the right choice for many men and women, and they might be the right choice for you, too. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry 15 million people in the United States have crowns to replace missing teeth. Expert dentist Dr. Barbara K. Galbreath and her team of highly trained professionals in Hartford, Connecticut, can educate you on your crown options. Call or make an appointment online if you suspect you may need a new crown or crown repair.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that's used to cover a damaged or weak tooth. It's crafted to look like the original tooth and can improve its appearance and strength. The crown acts as a protective covering, as it's fitted over the original tooth so that the visible portion of the tooth is encased. It's sealed in place with dental cement.

Are dental crowns a good fit for me?

There are a variety of reasons Barbara K. Galbreath, DMD and her team may suggest a crown. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth.

A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they're strengthened with a crown.

Dental crowns can restore your smile's beauty. They can also be a reliable solution for teeth that need strengthening as a result of severe decay, cracks, fractures, or fillings.

Which kind of crown is right for my teeth?

Dental crown construction has advanced over the years. Crowns can be fashioned out of many materials, including:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

The material used depends on a range of factors. For example, stainless steel is usually the preferred material for temporary crowns. Stainless steel crowns are often prefabricated and are a frequent choice for children who need crowns on baby teeth.

Metal crowns are sturdy and able to endure the force of chewing and eating, but because of their noticeable color, they're commonly used on teeth in the rear of the mouth.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns looks more like natural teeth than metal crowns but have some drawbacks. For example, the metal portion of the crown might show as a dark line close to the gums. The opposing teeth may also experience more wear than they would with another type of crown.

All-resin crowns are more affordable, which makes them an appealing choice for many patients, but they're also more prone to fractures. All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for men and women with metal allergies.

What should I expect when I get a crown?

A majority of the time, a minimum of two appointments is required to complete a dental crown procedure. During the first visit, Dr.Galbreath and her team take some X-rays to determine the health of the tooth that needs a crown.

Next, the dentist will administer anesthesia, then build up or file down the original tooth so that the crown will attach securely. After, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will go to the dental lab and be used to create a custom crown. Your dentist will cover your tooth with a temporary crown until the permanent custom crown is finished.

Getting a dental crown can be a simple, easy process. To discuss your crown options, contact the experienced team at Barbara K. Galbreath, DMD or make an appointment online.