Crowns
Dental Restoration

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Crowns – Dental Restoration

Restore your smile and strengthen tooth function with a dental crown from Atlanta Smiles. Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, cover damaged, decayed, weak, or worn teeth to achieve a radiant and seamless smile. Atlanta Smiles offers dental crowns made of high-quality porcelain or all-white zirconium that look natural and withstand the test of time. We customize each crown to address your specific dental needs and goals.
Dental Crowns in Atlanta, GA

What Is A Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are permanent caps placed over teeth to restore the function and appearance of a damaged tooth. Crowns protect and repair teeth when fillings no longer work to solve the problem. Over time, teeth can develop cavities or become damaged. A crown offers a solution to cover the existing tooth to improve the appearance while strengthening the tooth.

A crown looks like a tooth but is hollow. The crown goes over a prepared natural tooth and covers the tooth’s visible part above the gum line. The doctor cements the crown to hold it permanently in place. While crowns improve the aesthetics of teeth, they are not primarily a cosmetic procedure. Instead, crowns are a corrective dental treatment.

What Is A Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are permanent caps placed over teeth to restore the function and appearance of a damaged tooth. Crowns protect and repair teeth when fillings no longer work to solve the problem. Over time, teeth can develop cavities or become damaged. A crown offers a solution to cover the existing tooth to improve the appearance while strengthening the tooth. A crown looks like a tooth but is hollow. The crown goes over a prepared natural tooth and covers the tooth’s visible part above the gum line. The doctor cements the crown to hold it permanently in place. While crowns improve the aesthetics of teeth, they are not primarily a cosmetic procedure. Instead, crowns are a corrective dental treatment.

Why Is A Dental Crown Needed?

Your doctor may recommend a crown when other treatment options like a filling will no longer work. If you have sensitivity, pain, visible damage, or weakness of a tooth, ask your dentist whether a crown is right for you.

  • Strengthen a weakened tooth, often from decay
  • Replace a large filling, especially when not much tooth remains
  • Provide stability when attached to a dental bridge
  • Cover a dental implant that replaces a missing tooth
  • Cover a misshapen or extremely discolored tooth
  • Restore a broken or worn tooth
  • Place as part of a root canal procedure

 

Work with your dentist to find the best solution to restore your teeth.

What Is the Procedure for Dental Crowns?

Before you begin the process of placing a crown, we are happy to answer any questions you have about the procedure. We want to ensure you understand and have confidence regarding the treatment plan.

Dental crowns typically require two visits. During your first visit, your doctor examines and prepares the target tooth or teeth for the crown. We do so by removing any decay and reshaping the tooth to allow the crown to fit.

Next, we make dental impressions to create an exact model of the tooth. A laboratory receives the impressions and uses them to design and build your customized dental crown. The dentist places a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait on the permanent crown.

Your second dental visit takes place two weeks after your first appointment. During this appointment, we replace your temporary restoration with the permanent one. Once placed, we make any necessary adjustments to the crown to better align it with the color and shape of your natural teeth.

What Types of Crowns are Available?

Atlanta Smiles offers two primary types of crowns: porcelain and all-white zirconium. Metal crowns are available; however, they do not blend with the teeth to create a uniform and beautiful smile.


Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns have been available for many years and provide a natural appearance. Plus, porcelain color matching works well to blend the crown with the surrounding teeth. Porcelain mimics the light reflection of a natural tooth for the best aesthetic crown solution.

All-White Zirconium Crowns
All-white zirconium offers the strength of metal with the added benefit of a tooth-colored aesthetic. Zirconium is a more robust alternative than porcelain while still providing a natural-looking appearance.

Gold Metal Crowns
Gold crowns don’t offer the aesthetic appeal of porcelain or all-white zirconium. Yet, metal offers extraordinary strength. We offer gold crowns when necessary for improved function of the second molars.

 

The decision of crafting your dental restoration using zirconium or porcelain is ultimately yours. However, we provide a recommendation for the best type of crown based on the placement of the dental restoration, your aesthetic goals, and your overall budget.

How Long Do Crowns Last?

We design crowns to last indefinitely. A crown permanently affixes in your mouth, but they do not typically last forever. Most crowns last between 10 and 15 years. However, we’ve had patients with crowns that have lasted for over 20 years. To extend the lifespan of your crown, practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss teeth daily. Plus, schedule regular dental cleanings. Avoid chewing ice, hard foods, or anything that could potentially crack or damage your dental crown.

How Much Do Crowns Cost?

The cost for a crown varies based on the specifics of your treatment plan. Unlike some cosmetic procedures, dental crowns often coincide with other dental treatments. For example, a crown may be added to support a bridge or as part of a root canal. We offer a custom quote for all dental procedures. We want to ensure your experience with Atlanta Smiles is positive. That includes a clear understanding of the costs involved. The good news is most dental insurance plans cover part of a crown placement when the crown is medically necessary.

Benefits of
Dental Crowns

Once in place, dental crowns are virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth. Crowns make an excellent solution to repair and restore teeth. 

  • Save a tooth from extraction, especially when combined with a root canal
  • Work with bridge treatment to provide a strong support
  • Improve the appearance of the teeth
  • Reduce the pain of sensitive teeth
  • Strong and low maintenance
  • Add protection to a damaged tooth
  • Restore a tooth in size, shape, and color

 

Invest in your smile and health with dental crown treatment.

What Is the Difference Between a Crown and A Bridge?

Dental crowns and bridges often work together to repair and replace teeth. However, they do differ. A dental crown covers a damaged or decayed tooth to add protection and restoration. A dental bridge replaces a gap from a missing tooth or teeth. Our professional dental team examines your teeth and recommends the best treatment options to produce a positive and lasting outcome.

Atlanta Smiles Provides Trusted Dental Restoration

Atlanta Smiles offers compassionate dental care to patients throughout the Atlanta area. For over 20 years, we’ve served patients with restorative dental treatments like crowns. Our expert dental team has the knowledge, experience, and technology to provide the best possible treatment options to improve your oral health and your smile. To learn more about dental crowns, schedule a consultation with Atlanta Smiles.

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