Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Crowns

How vibrant and healthy you feel is reflected through your smile. However, when a tooth is misshaped or broken, it can often diminish your confidence in your reflection. A broken tooth can also make it quite more difficult for you to chew without feeling discomfort or worried about damaging the structure further.

Dr. Renee Yurovsky and her staff of caring, and experienced professionals want you to know that the top priority is to make sure you feel at ease when you walk into our office. Our second is to show you how Dr. Yurovsky can help restore the functionality and aesthetic nature of your tooth through the application of a dental crown. 

When you are suffering from a damaged or chipped tooth, all you want is the functionality of the tooth back. To fulfill a complete smile that is unmarred by unsightly impairment. Here at Yurovsky Dental, our goal is to provide dentistry, the traces of which are virtually undetectable. We offer a wide array of options for teeth replacement, including comfortable, natural-looking dental implants, to help patients through Philadelphia feel more confident in the way they look.

Our Center City Philadelphia dental office has advanced the science of dental crowns to offer solutions that remedy tooth damage safely and restore a full, attractive smile.

At some point in our lives, most of us will experience some damage to our teeth’s surface (enamel). This damage can be as mild as discoloration. Or more dramatic, such as enamel chipping caused by consuming certain drinks and foods. Many of which can result in acid erosion.

If decay or damage has completely overtaken the tooth, reducing the tooth will begin when the procedure does. Once the decayed portion of the tooth has is gone, we will apply a custom-made tooth bond to the tooth’s surface. This kind of restoration is called a “crown.” The primary function that the application of a crown provides is the prevention of further damage to the tooth’s surface area.

Our dental office provides porcelain crowns, which are fashioned in a dental laboratory by trained technicians who specialize in creating these porcelain bonds. The crown itself will be carefully matched to your surrounding teeth color and will provide the same amount of strength as a healthy tooth would. 

If decay or damage has extended down to the foundation (root) of the tooth, a dental implant or bridge would be better suited for the health of your mouth. After your initial consultation at our dental office, Dr. Yurovsky will discuss your options for restorations with you.

Procedure

At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Yurovsky will remove any decay present on the tooth’s surface and shape the tooth to fit the crown’s proportions. The crown’s structure must ultimately be thick enough to withstand chewing forces; therefore, the natural tooth below the crown must be reduced. 

Following this, the doctor will make an impression of the tooth to record how the teeth fit together. A temporary crown will be fitted to the surface of your tooth while the permanent one is constructed in a dental lab.

Upon the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the fit of the new crown will be carefully checked. The permanent crown will then be bonded to the surface of the tooth, restoring the tooth to its natural strength and functionality.

Post-Operative Instructions

Once you have completed the procedure of acquiring a new crown, you may continue with your normal eating habits. However, to avoid injury, you should ensure your local anesthesia has completely worn off before you eat again. Taking this precaution will prevent you from inflicting any self-injuries, such as biting your tongue and cheeks or lips.

Common and normal reactions to these procedures include gum tenderness and sensitivity to hot, cold, and pressure. Sensitivity will increase with the invasiveness of the procedure. These symptoms should disappear within a few days to a couple of weeks. In some cases, the sensitivity may last longer than a couple of weeks, but you need not worry about this so long as your gums and teeth are progressively feeling better.

If inflammation has affected the area in which the crown was bonded, we recommend you take ibuprofen as an anti-inflammatory. If pain and sensitivity continue for longer than a couple of weeks or worsen over time, contact our office to arrange a follow-up appointment.

Temporary Crowns or Bridges

The temporary crown or Bridge must remain on your tooth until Dr. Yurovsky sets your permanent crown. If the temporary crown becomes loose or comes off at any time, please call the office immediately. Your tooth can shift within a few hours if your temporary crown is missing, which may inhibit the placement of your permanent crown. You can also experience sensitivity if your temporary comes off.

If your temporary comes off or becomes loose, please carefully replace it and immediately call the office. It is impossible to replace it incorrectly because it only fits in one way.

Please avoid hard and chewy foods, such as ice, hard candy, gum, and taffy, as these can pull your temporary off of the prepared tooth.

Flossing is an essential part of caring for your temporary. Please release one end of the floss and pull it through the side of the tooth instead of pulling it up between your teeth.

If your bite feels uneven once the local anesthesia has worn off, please give the office a call immediately. This imbalance of your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.