Have you sustained tooth damage from an accident? Are your worn or injured teeth creating an unbalanced bite? Ask us about treatment with dental crowns. As a restorative dental solution, dental crowns renew the look and function of single teeth. Tooth crowns are caps that fully cover teeth. They can address misshapen, broken, weakened, or worn teeth.
Crowns can also stabilize teeth after root canal treatment, cover dental implants, or support a dental bridge. At Sea of Pearls Dental Boutique, Dr. Daniela Lemoine provides dental crown treatment to her East Cobb, GA patients. She wants patients to receive comfortable restorations that match their smiles and make eating, drinking, and speaking easier.
A dental crown may be perfect for your restorative or cosmetic needs. Crowns are customized to your smile, made to blend in seamlessly and support your long-term dental health and wellness.
Dental Crown Treatment in East Cobb, GA
Dr. Lemoine removes a small portion of the tooth enamel to prepare patients for dental crown treatment. Preparing the teeth this way ensures the crowns conform to the teeth and fit comfortably. Then, Dr. Lemoine takes dental impressions, which she sends to a local dental lab. In the lab, technicians create the crowns from reflective porcelain ceramic. Dr. Lemoine will protect the prepared teeth with a temporary restoration while the crowns are fabricated.
When the permanent dental crowns are complete, Dr. Lemoine ensures they fit properly. Finally, she places and shines the permanent crowns. Dr. Lemoine uses the Wand, a dental tool that allows her to administer dental sedation to single teeth. The Wand injects and targets anesthesia into each tooth. This handheld device is much simpler to use than traditional anesthesia.
The Uses of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are important tools in the dentist office. Not only do they treat a variety of restorative concerns, but we can use them for cosmetic treatment as well.
We usually treat discolored teeth with professional teeth whitening, but not all discoloration responds to this treatment. Deeper stains caused by medication or trauma won’t improve with teeth bleaching. We color-match a dental crown to be whatever shade of white you desire to blend in with the rest of your smile. It covers the complete tooth, so the discoloration is never visible.
This is the same with teeth that are disfigured or deformed. Not only may they look unseemly, but they can also cause problems with mouth function. You may have issues chewing or speaking properly, depending on where they’re located in your mouth. We design a dental crown so that the size, shape, and shade blend seamlessly with your smile.
Strengthening Natural Teeth
One of the most common uses for a dental crown is stabilizing a tooth after a root canal. During a root canal, we remove infected dental pulp from the core of your tooth. We fill it back in with a biocompatible material and seal the tooth. However, this isn’t always enough. To restore your tooth to full function, we’ll usually use a dental crown. This also helps to seal it off further from another infection.
When you get a dental bridge, the two anchor teeth beside it support it. It puts a lot of strain on these teeth, making them wear down faster and more likely to break or decay. To prevent this, we can support the anchor teeth with dental crowns. Instead of your natural teeth taking on all that stress, the dental crowns do. You’re less likely to develop bridge and natural teeth issues.
Treating Severe Damage and Decay
We focus on preserving the natural tooth structure whenever possible. Losing a tooth root can have serious impacts on your oral health. A dental crown is often the last resort to save the tooth if severe damage or decay occurs. If your tooth fractures into pieces, a crown holds them together and keeps the tooth intact. If you lose large portions of it to decay, it completes your tooth so that it feels whole again.
A crown can treat milder breakage, too. If a chunk of your tooth chips off, it can expose the dental pulp and nerves. It can be quite painful when something comes into contact with it. The crown protects these sensitive areas of the tooth and ensures that further damage or infection doesn’t occur.
Completing a Dental Implant
Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement. They both look and feel the most like your natural teeth. This is especially true when a dental crown completes the restoration. We create the dental crown to mimic every aspect of your natural teeth. You’re able to use it as you would your natural tooth, and people aren’t able to tell the difference when they look at your smile.
Dental Crown FAQs
Do you have more questions about dental crowns? Continue reading to learn more about this common dental prosthetic.
How do metal crowns compare to porcelain ceramic crowns?
Traditional dental crowns are typically gold, silver, or amalgamated metal. Although these metal crowns are strong, they do not blend in with the shape or shade of natural teeth. Porcelain ceramic crowns provide strength and durability while blending in with the smile.
What are inlays and onlays?
Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays can cover the chewing surfaces of teeth. Although they are similar to crowns, they do not fully cover teeth. Instead, Inlays cover the chewing surface between the cusps or sides of the tooth. Onlays cover the tooth sides and the chewing surface. Like dental crowns, partial crowns may be made of composite resin or porcelain to blend in with the enamel.
How long do dental crowns last?
With the proper dental care, tooth crowns can last 15 to 30 years. To care for your crowns, gently brush them with soft-bristled, non-abrasive toothpaste. Brushing aggressively or using abrasive products can damage your crowns and natural teeth.
Restore Your Smile
Have you worn, chipped, broken, stained, or short teeth? Have you sustained dental injuries? Protect your teeth with East Cobb, Sandy Springs, and Roswell dental crowns. Schedule a dental appointment on our website today. You can also call Sea of Pearls Dental Boutique 470.795.6677. Let our team know if you have further questions or concerns about oral health or treatment options. We are always here to help.