What are dental Crowns?
When a single tooth is damaged or worn down, it may be saved with a dental crown. Also known as a restoration, dental crowns are custom made to cover the needed tooth and colored to match your surrounding teeth for an attractive finish. At Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH, a crown may be used to treat a large area of a tooth because of decay, protect a damaged tooth, hold together a cracked tooth, or cover a discolored tooth. Dr. Kevin Boulard, our general dentist, offers custom crowns with a choice of materials to meet your specific needs, including metal, porcelain, and metal covered with porcelain. Make an appointment with Dr. Boulard to find out how a crown can change your overall oral health and appearance of your smile.
"After delaying dental care for over a year, I found Dr. Boulard and have had two visits with his practice. I could not be more pleased! The staff is friendly and competent and showed deep concern for my needs and well being. After experiencing the intolerance and contempt the medical community at large has for those who cannot safely wear a face mask, I am overjoyed at the treatment and respect I received here. After my dental surgery, I got a follow-up call from Dr. Boulard himself, which I thought was so nice and caring. These folks stand head and shoulders above the rest and I am so grateful to have found them!"- L.P. / Office Visit / Jun 10, 2021
"I’ve been a patient with Dr. Boulard for 14 years. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my teeth! Always makes me feel comfortable and never a painful experience. I love the fact that they have high tech scanners so I never gag, no more gunky impressions. and they have up to date technology, with the option of also getting Invisalign. The rest of the staff is lovely and the office manager, Olga, is amazing! They are so efficient and well mannered. I highly recommend!"- D.S. / Google / May 24, 2021
"The entire staff at Something to Smile About is absolutely amazing. I have severe dental anxiety due to some terrible experiences with other dentists, and they really listened to all of my concerns and did everything they could to make me more comfortable. I have had a couple of rounds of dental work there now, and I don't feel a thing from beginning to end. Dr. Boulard is the best at what he does!"- K.W. / Google / May 15, 2021
"I just started going to Dr. Kevin Boulard after my family dentist, whom I've been with my ENTIRE life, retired."- K.W. / Facebook / Feb 13, 2021
"The staff is so amazing and caring. Takes time to listen to the concerns of the patient. Keeps them comfortable as can be in a dentist office."- T.D. / Facebook / Jul 08, 2020
Who needs a dental crown?
Crowns may be placed to protect a decaying tooth to keep it from chipping, or they can hold together a cracked tooth. Crowns can also fix a worn-down or loose tooth. They can be utilized to support a tooth with a lot of decay that will not take a normal filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or mask discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns may be glued to the tooth or connected to an implant. The material of the crown is selected with consideration to the location of the tooth. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or metal are typically stronger, which makes them better suited for the less visible molars and pre-molars. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are often selected for the visible teeth and customized to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. In your consult, Dr. Boulard will discuss your options and help you choose the best dental crown for your needs and budget.
Dr. Boulard's Crown seating technique
At your consultation, Dr. Boulard will take dental impressions so your crown can be custom made. A temporary crown will also be made to cover your tooth while your permanent crown is being made. Once your dental crown is ready, the area to be treated will be given a local numbing anesthetic. Stronger sedation techniques may be available to soothe any dental fears or anxieties. When you are ready, Dr. Boulard will prepare the tooth by cleaning away any decay, then file down the tooth to make room for the crown. Your dental crown will be cemented to your tooth. Once set, Dr. Boulard can adjust the fit so your bite is correct.
how Do I care for my dental crowns?
You will be able to leave our office once your crown is placed and get back to your day. Dr. Boulard or a member of his team will teach you how to care for your dental crown, including any foods that should be avoided and how to clean your crown. During your yearly examinations at Something To Smile About, Dr. Boulard will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it for comfort. He will let you know when your crown needs to be replaced; however, with proper care, it may last for many years. If you have any problems with your crown (it becomes loose or falls out), call our office immediately. Do not try to repair it or re-attach it because this can lead to a bad fit or infection.
YOUR CROWN LOOKS GREAT ON YOU
A single damaged or decayed tooth can be treated with a custom dental crown at Something To Smile About. Talk to Dr. Boulard about how a dental crown can shield your tooth from continued harm and keep your other teeth healthy. With a wide variety of materials available, a custom-made crown can blend with your teeth to keep your smile beautiful. Contact our team in Merrimack, NH to make an appointment with Dr. Boulard.
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