American Board Certified Prosthodontist
If you need to restore a damaged tooth, replace a missing tooth, or cover a stained tooth, a dental crown may be the best solution. At Bucks Dental Health and Esthetics in New Britain, Pennsylvania, Hai Qing, DMD, specializes in giving patients natural-looking crowns and using conservative techniques that maintain as much of your natural tooth as possible. To learn more about crowns or to schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Dental crowns restore your teeth by covering them with a porcelain or zirconia cap. These crowns are strong enough to restore full function to the tooth and beautiful enough to be used for aesthetic purposes.
You may use a dental crown to:
Dr. Qing can also replace a missing tooth with a crown that’s attached to a dental implant.
Your new crown will match the color, size, and shape of your existing teeth. Crowns made for front teeth consist of porcelain or zirconia. Both materials have a translucent quality that makes them look just like natural teeth, and they’re tinted to be the same color as your other teeth.
Crowns made for molars consist of porcelain lined with metal or zirconia alone. Porcelain needs the extra support of metal to stand up to the pressure of chewing, while zirconia is strong enough on its own.
Dr. Qing uses a conservative, minimally invasive technique for crowns. However, the basic procedure typically requires two office visits.
At your first visit, Dr. Qing prepares the tooth by removing decay if necessary and slightly reshaping the tooth to make room for the crown. If you’re getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, the implant is inserted during your first visit.
Dr. Qing then takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to the lab that’s making your crown. You wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. During your second visit, Dr. Qing removes the temporary crown and replaces it with your new permanent one.
If you get an implant, Dr. Qing may recommend giving the bone time to heal and fuse with the implant before attaching your permanent crown. However, he fully explains the procedure to you during your initial visit.
When you need a crown to restore your beautiful smile, call Bucks Dental Health and Esthetics or schedule an appointment online.