Do you have broken, chipped, or missing teeth or want a brighter, more aesthetic smile? A traditional dental crown is used to restore the function, form, and appearance of teeth that are too badly damaged for a filling. Our doctors offer metal-free, cosmetic dental crowns that seamlessly blend with your surrounding teeth so you can be confident when you smile. We also coordinate with an implant dentist to provide implant-supported crowns and replace missing teeth. At Gulch Dental Studio in Nashville, TN, we go the extra mile to ensure your comfort and convenience. Our modernized office is equipped with all the latest restorative technology, and we will always prioritize your individual needs and goals.
Dental Crown Basics
A dental crown is essentially a cap that covers an entire tooth, reinforcing and preserving its structure. This means we can restore the tooth to normal function so that you can eat and chew comfortably again. We work with a partner lab that exclusively uses high-quality materials, such as IPS e.max® and IPS Empress®, that can last for many years. Your dental crown will also be specially matched with the natural shade of your smile and bite of your teeth, so that it blends in for a natural-looking fit. With proper care, a dental crown can last up to 10 years before it requires replacement. During your first visit, we will review the various dental crowns, as well as review the advantages and disadvantages of all-ceramic crowns.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Crowns?
Cases where a dental crown may be appropriate include:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- A large cavity
- Old or damaged fillings
- A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- Wearing due to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
Although crowns are usually used for restorative purposes, they can also be placed on stained, worn, or small teeth for a cosmetic enhancement.
Designing and Placing Your Restoration
The process of receiving a dental crown generally takes two office visits. During your first appointment, you will come in for an exam, and your dentist will clean out any decay present in the tooth, first numbing the area so that you are comfortable. He will also need to remove some enamel to make room for the restoration.
When the tooth is prepared, we will take impressions to guide the creation of the crown at an off-site lab. You will be provided with a temporary crown until your next appointment, roughly two weeks later, which will allow you to eat, chew, and talk normally in the meantime. During your second appointment, your doctor will replace your temporary crown with your permanent restoration and cement it in place. He will also check to make sure that your bite is comfortable and feels natural, making any necessary adjustments.
Before you leave, you will also receive detailed instructions on how to care for your dental crown. With good oral hygiene and twice-yearly cleanings and exams, a high-quality restoration can not only improve the function and health of your tooth, but can also improve the appearance of your smile for many years to come.
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If you are suffering from dental sensitivity or have trouble chewing because of decay or damage, a dental crown may be the right treatment for you. At Gulch Dental Studio, we will always put your priorities first, taking the time to listen to your goals and answer all your questions. To learn more about dental crowns and other restorative options, contact our practice online today.