Dental crowns are an excellent solution for restoring damaged teeth and improving their appearance. While getting a dental crown may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. At Atlanta Smiles, we prioritize patient comfort. We ensure you understand the procedure and feel confident asking questions.
One way to feel more comfortable with a procedure is to understand the details of the treatment. Here, we will discuss what you need to know about dental crowns and how they can benefit your oral health and smile.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a custom-made cap that fits over a damaged or decayed tooth, usually after a root canal. However, crowns work as an effective treatment for other situations as needed. The purpose of a crown is to restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance.
Crowns come in a variety of materials, including porcelain, all-white zirconium, and in some cases, metal. The type of material used will depend on your individual needs and preferences. We aim to produce the best outcome to achieve strength and beauty.
Why Is A Dental Crown Needed?
We typically recommend treatment with a dental crown when a tooth has damage or decay to the point that bonding or a filling will not provide a proper repair. A crown can also protect a weak tooth from further damage. Some patients need a crown to hold a dental bridge or cover an implant. In some cases, they may even work for cosmetic purposes, like improving the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. On average, a dental crown lasts between ten and fifteen years. The longevity of your crown will depend on the type of material used and how well you take care of it. To help your crown last as long as possible, practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing daily. Also, schedule regular dental checkups and cleaning to maximize oral health and the crown’s lifespan.
What Is The Process Of Getting A Dental Crown?
Getting a dental crown typically takes two visits to our office. During the first visit, we will prepare your tooth for the crown by removing any decay and preparing the tooth for the crown.
We will then take an impression of your tooth to create a custom-made crown that fits perfectly. While we wait for the permanent crown, we may use a temporary covering to protect the tooth.
Once the crown is ready, you will come back for a second visit to have it placed. We will check the fit and make necessary adjustments before permanently bonding it.
Your Local Experts for Dental Crowns
At Atlanta Smiles, we understand that getting a dental crown can feel stressful. That’s why we strive to provide a comfortable and informative experience for our patients. If you have any questions about dental crowns, please feel free to contact us. Call to schedule a consultation or appointment.