Dental crowns are sometimes called “caps” because dentists place them over the tooth, covering the entire tooth structure. Our dentists use a variety of materials to add strength and durability to teeth that are weak from decay or existing restoration. Dental crowns are a restorative dentistry service that Dr. Alla Brown provides to the public in Buford, Georgia.
The crown placement process requires only two office visits. At the first visit, the dentist will remove the portion of the tooth with damage, take x-rays, and attach a temporary crown. We will fit the permanent crown, consisting of porcelain or metal, at the second visit. The permanent tooth will fit comfortably and will blend in with the surrounding teeth.
About Dental Crowns in Buford, GA
Porcelain crowns are extremely natural looking restorations. They are made of tooth colored dental ceramic, which mimics natural tooth enamel almost perfectly. Not only are porcelain crowns very easy to care for, but they are also incredibly long-lasting. Lanier Smiles provides porcelain dental crowns in Buford, Georgia for cosmetic and restorative purposes.
Normally, only adult patients receive crowns. Your dentist may recommend a crown in any of the following situations:
- Tooth that shows signs of severe wear and tear
- Broken tooth
- A tooth with a crack in it that needs extra strength
- Weak tooth at risk of fracturing
- Receiving a dental bridge and need a crown to hold it into place
- Need a crown to cover a dental implant
- Tooth needs a larger filling than is possible
The Dental Crown Process
The process takes place over several appointments:
Consultation & Evaluation
Your dentist will see you for a comprehensive evaluation to inspect the teeth, gums, and mouth. Once the dentist has determined that a dental crown is right for you, she will create a personalized treatment plan to address the functional and health concerns as well as the cosmetic goals.
Next, your Lanier dentist will prepare the tooth to accommodate the dental crown. They will remove any old fillings to create a solid foundation. Your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and select a color for the dental crown to match the natural teeth.
Temporary Dental Crown
Typically, the dentist will place a temporary dental crown over the tooth to protect it while a dental laboratory is making the permanent crown. We will make the provisional dental crown of plastic and temporarily seal it to the tooth.
Final Fit & Cementation
Because of the comprehensive planning upfront, the final visit is relatively short and predictable. We will try on the crown and check it for fit, shape, and color. The dentist will make any minor adjustments if needed before permanently bonding the dental crown to the tooth.
You will care for your dental crown the same way you care for your natural teeth. Routine dental cleanings and examinations are important to ensure long-term health and proper fit. Porcelain crowns are highly stain resistant and will look bright for years to come.
Dental Crown FAQs
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are a common solution to teeth that have damage or unsightly. They consist of a cap that will rest over the tooth, which encases it all the way down to the gum line. A crown is an optimal solution for the restoration of the shape, size, strength, and overall appearance of the treated tooth.
What are dental crowns made from?
We can choose to construct your dental crown from a range of different materials including porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, all porcelain, or all metal.
Why would my dentist recommend that I get a dental crown?
Your dentist will use a dental crown to replace the surface area of a tooth that has damage or is unsightly. Sometimes a tooth that has a cavity or large filling will crack or break off. In other situations, a tooth may be discolored or visually distracting. Replacing the surface area with a crown is a fairly simple procedure. Your dentist may also recommend a new dental crown if yours need repaired or replaced.
Schedule a Consultation for Dental Crowns
Whether you need to fix a broken crown, replace an old metal crown with a new porcelain crown, or need a new restoration, contact our Buford GA dental office to schedule a consultation.