Dental crowns are sometimes called “caps” because they are placed over the tooth, covering the entire tooth structure. Our dentists use a variety of materials to add strength and durability to teeth that are weakened by decay or existing restoration.
About Porcelain Dental Crowns
Porcelain crowns are extremely natural looking.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, they are also incredibly long lasting.
Process For Dental Crowns
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.
Preparation – Next, your Lanier dentist will prepare the tooth to accommodate the dental crown. Any old fillings will be removed 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, a temporary dental crown is placed over the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made at a dental laboratory. The provisional dental crown would be made of plastic and temporarily sealed to the tooth.
Final Fit & Cementation – Because of the comprehensive planning up front, the final visit is relatively short and predicable. 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.
After Care – Crowns can be cared for the same as 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.
Schedule a Consultation for Dental Crowns
Whether you need a new restoration or want to replace an old metal crown with a new porcelain crown, contact our Buford GA dentist office to schedule a consultation.