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By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
August 16, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Wondering how a crown could improve the health and appearance of a weak or damaged tooth?

According to the American Academy of Endodontists, about 15 million root canals are performed each year in the US and over 41,000 root canals are performed each day. Root canals are often recommended when the inner structure of the tooth, better known as the pulp, is infected or irritated. Luckily, dental crowns are an ideal way to protect and restore the damaged tooth after root canal treatment. Whether you’re preparing for your upcoming root canal therapy or you are simply dealing with a cracked or damaged tooth that you think might benefit from a dental crown, it’s never a bad time to turn to our Putnam, CT, dentists Drs. Stephen & Jonathan Solomon.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are sometimes referred to as dental caps, as they are designed to fit over the top of the tooth to protect it from further damage while also restoring function. Dental crowns are designed to look just like the crown of a natural tooth and are even custom-made to match the shade of your smile.

When are dental crowns used?

If you have a tooth that has severe decay, damage (e.g. a fracture) or an infection, the tooth may lose its strength and durability. Over time, this can lead to further damage to your natural tooth. To prevent further damage, our Putnam, CT, family dentists will recommend getting a dental crown. While crowns are most often placed after root canal therapy, they can also be used to support and strengthen damaged teeth, secure dental bridges in place, improve the appearance of a tooth and cover dental implants to replace a missing tooth.

What are the benefits of getting a dental crown?

The dental crowns we offer are made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain and ceramic, which means that they are made to look just like real teeth. Ceramic and porcelain crowns are also considered allergy- and gum tissue-friendly, and are incredibly durable and long-lasting.

What should I expect during my dental treatment?

First, your dentist will examine your teeth and take impressions to create the right crown for your smile. After this initial consultation and planning phase, you will then come in for the actual procedure.

During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth by shaving down any of the decaying or damaged parts. While your permanent crown is being made, we will fit you with a temporary crown.

When your permanent dental crown is complete, we will cement and bond the crown to your natural tooth. Local anesthesia is always administered before placing a dental crown to ensure that the patient feels fully comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

Our dental team is proud to provide trustworthy dental care to the Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, and Thompson, CT areas. If you’re preparing for your upcoming dental crown appointment, feel free to give us a call anytime at (860) 928-6533 if you have questions. If we can take some of the stress out of your next visit, let us know!

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Find out why dental crowns are one of the most commonly used dental restorations.

Do you have a damaged tooth? If so, a dental crown might be the perfect solution to help restore and strengthen your smile! There are many issues that can cause dental damage, from biting down on something hard to sports-related injuries. Sometimes even a severe cavity can damage to a tooth! If this sounds like you, our Putnam, CT, dentists, Drs. Stephen and Jonathan Solomon, can help breathe new life back into that tooth with help from custom-made dental caps, also known as crowns.

More on dental crowns

A crown is a restoration that is made to resemble the crown of a tooth. This tooth-colored cap is hollow, which allows it to cover the entire visible portion of the tooth to preserve the original structure and prevent further damage. A crown is the perfect option for someone who has a cracked or fractured tooth, as these problems can continue to get worse if they aren’t treated. Plus, after injury or damage to the tooth, the tooth becomes weaker. This means that our Putnam, CT, cosmetic dentist will need to place a crown in order to strengthen it and to improve how well it functions.

Besides protecting the tooth, a dental crown can also improve its appearance. If you have a malformed, oddly shaped, or discolored tooth, a crown may be all you need to alter and improve its shape, size, or color. While we often think of the restorative benefits of crowns, they also offer cosmetic benefits to the wearer.

Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? If so, a dental crown is here to the rescue! That’s right, a dental crown is even an active part of the tooth replacement process. For example, if you decide to get a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth, a dental crown will be custom-made to fit over the implant to complete the restoration. Crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge in place, which will fill the gap left over by your missing tooth or teeth.

Interested? Call today!

Here in Putnam, CT, our dental team is dedicated to providing you with preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about whether dental crowns are right for you, call our office today at (860) 928-6533

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover the many ways in which dental crowns could benefit your smile.dental crowns

Dealing with an injured or unattractive tooth can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. After all, our Putnam, CT, dentists Dr. Stephen Solomon, Dr. Jonathan Solomon and Dr. Gerald Cohen make it easy to restore your smile with the help of a dental crown. Are you ready to learn more about this popular dental restoration and how it could turn your smile around?

What is a dental crown?

Chances are good that you’ve seen this tooth-shaped restoration before, whether you know someone who has one or you’ve seen it advertised on a billboard for a dental practice. This restoration is made to look just like the crown of a tooth and is completely hollow so that it can fit over a tooth to become its new protective outer layer.

Who can benefit from crowns?

Dental crowns can actually offer far more advantages for your oral health then you may even realize. These restorations are multi-purpose and provide those dealing with both cosmetic and restorative problems a chance to get a healthy, beautiful smile back. Our Putnam, CT, cosmetic dentist might recommend getting a dental crown if:

You have a damaged tooth: While teeth are extremely resilient it doesn’t mean that they can’t still incur damage. Whether you chipped, cracked or fractured a tooth during a game or you are dealing with severe decay or an infection, there are many problems that arise that can affect the health and integrity of a tooth; fortunately, by cementing a dental crown over the tooth we can prevent the problem from getting worse and almost fully restore function and strength.

You have an aesthetically unpleasing tooth: There are a lot of people who have healthy smiles but you just wouldn’t know it because there are certain cosmetic flaws such as severe discolorations or malformed teeth that keep them from having that ideal smile; however, if you are looking for a cosmetic solution to improve the shape, size or even color of one or more teeth, then dental crowns could offer the results you want.

You are missing a tooth: Are you missing a single tooth or a couple teeth in a row? If so, then you may be considering dental implants or a dental bridge. Of course, a dental crown is also an integral part of your tooth loss treatment. If you choose to get a dental bridge, crowns will be placed on natural teeth to support the false teeth in the middle. For implants, the crown will be placed over top of the implant to restore a missing tooth.

Are you interested in finding out if dental crowns are the best dental restoration in Putnam, CT, to meet your goals and improve your oral health? If so, let our dental team help you. Call our office today!

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
November 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

A damaged tooth can spell disaster for your smile. This is where dental crowns come in.

A weak or damaged tooth, as you can imagine, will not be as strong or as resilient as a healthy tooth. So you can probably picture what dental crownsawful things could befall your smile should this damaged tooth become worse. Don’t let this happen to you! Turn to our Putnam, CT dentists, Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Gerald Cohen, to find out how a simple dental crown could make all the difference for your smile.

What is a dental crown?

Sometimes referred to as a dental cap, this hollow restoration is designed to look just like the crown of a tooth. A dental crown is even custom made to fit over your tooth to help improve its strength, function and appearance.

When is this restoration used?

Our Putnam general dentists may recommend getting a dental crown if you are dealing with any of these scenarios:

  • You have a weak or decaying tooth
  • You have a cracked or chipped tooth
  • You have a tooth that is severely misshapen, malformed or discolored
  • You need to cover a dental implant
  • You need to cover a tooth after a root canal

What can I expect from the dental crown procedure?

The specific process you go through will depend on whether you need a root canal first or not. A tooth that has an infected dental pulp will need to be treated first before a crown can be placed over it.

But anyone who wants to get a dental crown will need to have their tooth shaved down and prepped for the crown, as well as impressions taken of their mouth. These impressions are used to design a crown that will perfectly fit over your tooth and blend in with the rest of your smile.

A temporary crown may often be placed over your tooth while the permanent one is being made. Once the permanent one is ready, we will cement it over the tooth to restore your smile.

Want to find out if a dental crown could help you? Then it’s time you turned to Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT to learn more. Call us today and let us know that you are interested in finding out whether a dental crown could improve the health of one or more of your teeth.