Dental crowns are a restorative procedure in which a “cap” goes over an injured or decayed tooth to protect it from further damage and to restore your smile. Dr. Dennis is an expert in the latest technology for fast, natural-looking CEREC same-day crowns. The advanced CEREC crown technology spares you from wearing a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent one to be made.

Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are a restorative procedure in which a “cap” goes over an injured or decayed tooth to protect it from further damage and to restore your smile. Crowns sometimes go over dental implants to provide better function. A crown fits over a natural tooth to strengthen it, protect it from further decay, or hide discoloration and stains.

Why would I need a crown?

There are a variety of reasons you might need a dental crown. Dr. Dennis may recommend a crown if you have little or no tooth left for a filling after you’ve had a root canal, or to help support other dental work.

Because of their ability to extend the life of existing teeth for many years, crowns are often an excellent choice for restorative dental care. They make your teeth look and function better, and for optimum convenience, Dr. Dennis offers same-day CEREC crowns.

How are CEREC crowns different from traditional crowns?

CEREC, which stands for “CEramic REConstruction,” uses state-of-the-art dental technology to create a permanent crown in just one appointment. CEREC crowns are the most convenient, natural-looking, and long-lasting type of crown.

Traditional crowns often require two dental appointments. At the first appointment, the dentist has to prepare the tooth, fit it for a crown, then send the information to a lab to construct a permanent crown. You have to wear a temporary crown for a couple of weeks until your permanent crown is ready and return to the dentist to have the new one fitted.

With CEREC crowns, you no longer have to wait to have a crown made, and you won’t have to wear a temporary one, either. Dr. Dennis uses digital 3D imaging to create a ceramic crown that closely matches the shape, size, and color of the rest of your teeth. He can create the crown and place it in about an hour — no messy impressions or multiple dental visits needed.

How long do dental crowns last?

If taken care of properly, your crown can last you around 15 years. Certain habits such as eating ice, teeth grinding (bruxism), biting your nails, and using your teeth as a tool put you at risk of damaging, cracking or having the crown fall off entirely. If you have a crown and notice pain, increased sensitivity, or see that it fell out, call our office immediately.

How do I take care of my crown?

Luckily, dental crowns operate just like regular teeth. While there are no special practices, good oral hygiene is important. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, and remember to floss. It is safe to floss around your cap.

What do I do if my dental crown falls off?

If your crown falls off, call Abington Center as soon as you can. If you can’t make it to our office right away, start by washing the crown gently and putting it in a sealed bag. You’ll need to bring it with you for your appointment. Since the existing tooth beneath your crown is exposed, you risk infection of the pulp or exposed nerves. Local pharmacies sell dental cement and dental wax, which can help keep your tooth safe temporarily. Make sure to avoid any hard foods, since the prepped tooth is not as strong as the crown. You may notice increased tooth sensitivity. If this happens, avoid any hot, cold, or spicy foods, which may agitate your tooth further.

Your new crown begins with a consultation. Call or schedule yours online today, and you can be on your way to a healthier, more beautiful smile in no time.

C Nolan
C Nolan
2022-07-11
Dr. Dennis and his staff are always very friendly, accommodating and professional. I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!
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Ashley Reploeg
Ashley Reploeg
2022-07-08
Stop wasting your insurance money elsewhere. I’ve grown up going from one bad, rude, painful, insensitive, cruel, dentist to another. I’ve spent years trying to achieve one thing. A beautiful smile. I’ve wasted a lifetime of out of pocket money and insurance money (that yes, only let you do procedures ONCE in your life) pain, tears, ridicule, and embarrassment, on all the wrong dentists. Then my husband found Dr. Dennis and recommended I make the switch. After I was yelled at, hurt, treated rudely, and ALOT of my insurance money wasted, I now sit in Dr. Dennis’ chair. Did he tell me everything I’ve had done in my mouth was done wrong, yes. Does it ALL need to be fixed and insurance won’t pay for it again so out of our middle-class pockets it will come, yes. If every dentist had just been as kind and talented as Dr. Dennis. Here’s your sign. Don’t be another story like me. A kind dentist who does things right the first time? In a perfect world we would have all found him at the age of 5 when our fears were high and we are a clean slate but c’est la vie and I’m here to tell you that he does exist. You just hadn’t found him yet. But now you have. My husband and I both would recommend him seven ways from Sunday. And not mention, all of his hygienists are fabulous, kind, very knowledgeable, and explain things so kindly to us in such a nonjudgmental manner. ( It’s a very important and an under-acknowledged virtue.) Lastly, his front desk ladies are just as much the bees knees as well. I love every visit I have there.
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Michele Martin
Michele Martin
2022-07-03
Dr Dennis and his staff are the best I had a broken tooth I was just going to have pulled. They got me in within four days from my first call. I was to be a new patient so I was impressed how quick they got me in. Once there I was given two options he could pull the tooth or clean it up and place a crown over the tooth. After getting the estimates I chose to keep the tooth. 2 days later I was in getting the crown. They make their crowns onsite so I got my tooth that day. I received a call the following day to check how the crown felt check on an discomfort I said all good it works I can eat on the side where the crown is. I have more work that is needed which I won't go anywhere else to have it done. But never have a met a dentist that impressed me like this office has. Thank you for everything you all are awesome.
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Britni Murphy
Britni Murphy
2022-07-01
Dr. Dennis and his staff always provide exceptional services whether it’s a simple cleaning or emergency care. Staff even goes the extra step to reach out over the following days to check in.
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Ernest Keller
Ernest Keller
2022-06-27
Very nice, professional staff. Great service. Always good results
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rachael dowling
rachael dowling
2022-06-23
I’ve had so much work done and past work by other dentists fixed by Dr. Dennis. He is completely confident in the answers he presents to me which allows me to trust him completely with my teeth. I love that he tells me like it is and let’s me decide what to do with the information he gives me! He will truly do what is absolutely best for YOU! All the dental hygienists are always wonderfully social and compassionate too! Today, especially, you made my day! Thank you for getting me in! Love and light!!
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Sayan Bhattacharyya
Sayan Bhattacharyya
2022-06-22
Everyone at the clinic is very friendly and welcoming.All appointments have been catered to on time without any delays.The Doctor has been most patient and understanding. My teeth have never looked better.
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Lizbeth
Lizbeth
2022-06-19
I give them a five star in overall!! Reception, hygienist, dental assistant and Dr!! I had 2 crown replace! The fact that they custom make the crown same day in office is a home run— no temporary cap!!! I also had a filling that was done about a year ago incorrectly by another Dr in NYC. ———Dr Charles Dennis showed me the before picture and it was scary!! He proceeded to clean it all out and replace the filling and it was impeccable. I truly have to say he is the best Cosmetic Dr & Family Dentistry that I have come across.
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