Dental crowns may be used to restore strength and beauty to teeth that are weak, broken or discolored. A dental crown is the portion of the tooth visible below the gum line and covers the tooth like a cap. Some patients have existing metal crowns that are uncomfortable, unattractive, worn or broken. These can be replaced with more modern, highly durable ceramic dental crowns.
When does your smile need a crown? Will your restoration look natural? Dental crowns are sometimes used during root canal therapy to add stability and reinforcement to the natural tooth structure. In implant dentistry, a crown is used to restore the tooth as it is secured to the artificial root.
Advances in cosmetic dentistry have led to significant improvements in the materials and techniques used in dental crowns. Today’s cosmetic dental crowns look and feel like natural teeth. They are durable and stain resistant and very easy to care for. With a proper oral health routine, dental crowns will last for many years.
See Our Results: A Case Study
Before: Patient had crooked teeth with poor bonding results from previous treatment.
After: We placed whiter, porcelain dental crowns from bicuspid to bicuspid for a more aesthetic result.
The process for dental crowns typically takes place over multiple visits. The first visit will include a comprehensive examination where the entire oral system is evaluated including the mouth, gums, teeth, jaw joints and muscles. Using digital x-rays, digital impressions and other diagnostic imaging, Dr. Cain will plan your treatment with dental crowns. A temporary dental crown may be placed while the permanent restoration is being created. A sophisticated dental laboratory will fabricate the dental crown to fit perfectly in your mouth and match the natural teeth. The permanent dental crown will be secured into place and gently polished.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
Are toothaches a sign of trouble?
While sometimes an aching tooth can be the result of a sinus infection, they are often indicators of tooth decay. They can also occur when a tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, exposing sensitive inner toot structure to bacteria. If you have a persistent toothache, then we urge you to see us right away.
How do crowns differ from fillings?
Made from composite resin, a filling targets a specific area of the tooth. However, a crown fits over the entire visible portion of your tooth. As a result, we can use them to address problem with a tooth’s shape or color, and repair advanced tooth decay or infection.
How long does receiving one take?
We can actually place one in a single visit! We prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of structure. We then take digital impressions, which are used to design the restoration. The information is then uploaded into the CEREC machine, which mills the restoration from a solid block of ceramic. Finally, we place the restoration, all in the same visit.
Will they look lifelike?
Yes. The process uses ceramic to create the restoration, a strong and natural looking material.
Schedule A Dental Crown Consultation
Dr. Cain serves as a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist to patients in the Knoxville, TN area. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how restorative and cosmetic dental care can restore your smile. Contact our dental care team to schedule your next visit to Today’s Dentistry, or you can request an appointment online.