Strengthen and Repair Damaged Teeth with Lifelike Dental Crowns

Laughing man in plaid shirt with straight, white teethDr. Timothy Sluser offers dental crowns at our Pittsburgh practice. These tooth-shaped dental restorations are durable and extremely lifelike, and can be used to protect a damaged tooth, restore function, and conceal cosmetic imperfections. Crowns are also an essential part of more extensive dental procedures, such as root canals and dental implants. Dr. Sluser offers several types of crowns, and will work closely with you to find the right restoration to meet your unique condition and needs. Book an appointment at Four Seasons Dental today to learn how crowns can restore the appearance and function of your smile.

Common Applications

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile dental restorations available. Dr. Sluser may recommend a crown to hold together a tooth that has sustained a sizable crack or fracture. A crown can also strengthen a weakened tooth that has undergone a root canal or had a large portion removed because of decay

In some cases, Dr. Sluser may use crowns to cover up chips, small cracks, deep-seated staining, or other aesthetic concerns. If you are interested in cosmetic improvements, you can learn more about our treatment options, such as veneers and cosmetic bonding, during a consultation.

The Procedure

Before placing a crown, Dr. Sluser will numb your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Next, he will carefully shape the treated tooth to make room for the restoration and provide a more stable base. Once the tooth is prepared, he will take impressions and place a temporary crown. Lab technicians will use these impressions to fabricate a crown that matches the shape, size, and color of your surrounding teeth so it will blend into your smile. Once your crown is complete, you will return to our office, where Dr. Sluser will permanently bond it in place using a specialized dental cement. In most cases, crowns take roughly two weeks to be completed, but Dr. Sluser also offers tooth-in-a-day and rush options for patients who qualify.

At Four Seasons Dental, we offer all-porcelain, metal fused with porcelain, and all-metal crowns. Metal crowns are typically more durable, but ceramic is often preferred for its aesthetic benefits. We can help you choose the material that is most beneficial to your health, budget, and treatment goals.

Restoring Missing Teeth

Although many crowns are placed directly over damaged teeth, they are also used to replace missing teeth in conjunction with dental implants. Implants are surgically embedded titanium posts that serve as replacement tooth roots. Once implants have fused with the bone, they can support a crown to restore a single missing tooth. We also provide implant-supported bridges, or partial dentures, to complete a compromised smile.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about how crowns can impart strength, beauty, and function to your smile, contact Dr. Sluser’s office today. Our friendly administrative staff will be happy to book your initial consultation at one of our three convenient locations.