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Quality Dental Crowns in South Hills

When your tooth's structure has been negatively impacted by severe tooth decay or trauma, it can leave you wondering what restorative options are available to you. Crowns provide you with an excellent way to restore the functionality and appearance of your tooth. At the dental practice of John Sartorio, DMD, our team has the skills and knowledge to make your overall experience as hassle-free as possible.

We're privileged to provide quality dental crowns to South Hills and its surrounding communities in Pittsburgh. Whether you've visited us before or this will be your first time, you can rest assured that our team will clearly explain your treatments and answer any questions you may have. Call us or visit our office to schedule your appointment with Dr. Sartorio and his team!


What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a type of restoration designed to improve a single tooth's functionality and aesthetics. Your tooth's enamel, or outer portion, is durable and can withstand decades of repeated use. However, it can also be susceptible to damage either because of tooth decay or trauma.

When the enamel has been compromised, harmful bacteria can enter your tooth's sensitive pulp chamber. If left untreated, the bacteria can lead to an infection that can result in the total loss of your tooth. Dental crowns encase the tooth, protecting it from infection and further damage. Typically, crowns are made of durable materials like resin, metal, and porcelain.

Our Dental Crown Process

At the office of John Sartorio, DMD, we've spent years improving our dental crown process to be as efficient as possible. Placement of your crown starts with an initial oral exam, where our dentist will look at the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbones. Once we've established that a dental crown is right for your situation, our team will take detailed impressions of your tooth. We'll then send your impressions to a trusted local lab, where they can typically craft your restoration in two weeks.

While your restoration is being made, we'll provide you with a temporary crown to help maintain your biting and chewing functionality. Our team will instruct you on caring for your temporary crown in the meantime, as it will be less durable than your final restoration. Once your crown is ready, we'll call you back to our office for placement. Dr. Sartorio will make any necessary adjustments to your crown so that it fits comfortably and securely.

Caring for Your New Crown

Once you've received your new crown, it's important that you understand how to properly care for it immediately after its placement. Dr. Sartorio and his dental team will sit down with you and outline oral care steps to help avoid complications that could compromise or dislodge your new restoration. With proper care and regular dental visits, your crown can last for years. Some of the at-home care instructions we recommend include:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
  • Avoiding extremely hard foods like nuts and sticky foods like caramel
  • Rinsing your mouth regularly with antibacterial mouthwash
  • Flossing your teeth daily
  • Maintaining your regular dental appointments

Dental Crowns FAQs

We understand that our patients will have questions about our dental crown offerings. That's why our friendly and communicative team is here to answer any that you may have. Some of the most frequently asked questions about dental crowns include:

How long will my dental crowns last?

Although every situation is different, dental crowns typically last 5-15 years. It all depends on how much wear and tear your crown goes through and how well you keep up with proper oral care and routine dental visits.

A crown is a dental prosthetic that restores a single tooth. A bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or multiple teeth in a row. It's common for crowns to serve as anchors for bridges.

Crowns are made of smooth, comfortable material that gives them the ability to feel like one of your natural teeth immediately after placement.

Yes. Our practice understands there are times when prompt care is essential, especially for cracked and broken teeth or a dislodged crown. That's why we provide same-day appointments whenever possible.

Your Office for Dental Crowns in South Hills

At the dental office of John Sartorio, DMD, we're proud to leverage our experience and skills to provide you with quality dental crowns in South Hills. Whether you need a crown to rebuild a tooth or protect it from further damage, you can rely on our dental team. We look forward to meeting you and helping give you the healthy and beautiful smile of your dreams. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment and get the excellent crowns you deserve!




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