Crowns in Toledo, OH

Cracked, broken, and worn teeth need sturdy protection to prevent additional damage. At Tomase Dental Care in Toledo, Ohio, board-certified family and general dentist Timothy Tomase, DDS offers metal-free crowns to protect and restore damaged teeth. Metal-free crowns are strong, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. To learn more about crowns, call Tomase Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.

What is a crown?

A Crown is a cosmetic restoration that protects and rebuilds damaged or decayed teeth. This tooth-shaped cap fits directly over the visible portion of the tooth, called the crown. In addition to improving the appearance of the tooth, a crown restores its function. It also provides a barrier to stop the tooth from enduring additional damage.

What can crowns treat?

Crowns are among the most popular restorative and cosmetic treatments that Dr. Tomase performs. He may recommend a crown to:

  • Protect a cracked, broken, or fractured tooth
  • Restore a misshapen tooth
  • Protect a tooth after root canal therapy
  • Repair function in a tooth worn from bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Cement a dental bridge in place
  • Cover a dental implant

Depending on your needs, Dr. Tomase may place a single crown or multiple to restore the appearance and function of your teeth.

What is the crown process like?

Crowns take two visits to plan and place. During the first visit, Dr. Tomase will perform a dental exam and teeth cleaning that includes X-rays. Next, he will carefully file and reshape the teeth involved to prepare them for impressions. With an intraoral scanner onsite, Dr. Tomase takes mess-free digital impressions that are more accurate and comfortable than traditional molds.

Once your impressions are finished, Dr. Tomase will send them off to an outside lab to create your custom crowns. This process takes 2-3 weeks, so protecting your teeth is essential in the meantime. Before you leave your first appointment, Dr. Tomase will fit you for temporary crowns.

Dr. Tomase will place your permanent crowns during your second visit. After removing the temporary restorations, he will fit your new crowns over your teeth and make any necessary adjustments before cementing them in place.

How long do crowns last?

Metal-free crowns last for about 15 years on average, but you can extend their lifespan with the right care. To ensure your ceramic crowns last, Dr. Tomase may recommend:

  • Avoiding sticky, chewy, or overly hard foods
  • Brushing and flossing twice a day
  • Using a nightguard if you have bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Visiting for teeth cleanings twice a year

If your crown cracks, loosens, or falls out after an accident or injury, contact Dr. Tomase right away for emergency treatment.

Crowns keep your smile beautiful and functional. To learn more, call Tomase Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.