Having a broken or damaged tooth can be a frightening experience. Fortunately, help exists in the form of many dental restorative treatments, including dental crowns. A crown is a prosthetic that fits over a compromised tooth, restoring its health, function and appearance. Crafted using strong and durable materials, dental crowns are long-lasting, allowing you to enjoy a healthy and resilient smile for many years.
At Dr. Dave’s Healthy Smiles, our dentist has helped thousands of patients restore oral health and confidence with dental crowns. Whether you are in need of one or several crowns, Dr. Dave will help you navigate your options so you can be happy with the result.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Crowns?
A dental crown may be a good option if you need to:
Repair a damaged or decayed tooth that cannot be treated with a dental filling
The best way to determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for a dental crown is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dave. He will examine your teeth and recommend the best course of treatment based on your needs and personal preferences.
Dental Crown Options
Dr. Dave believes in offering his patients choices when it comes to their dental care. Dental crowns can be made using several dental materials, including:
All-ceramic or all-porcelain
Each material offers advantages and disadvantages. For instance, gold crowns are considered to be the most strong and durable of all types, but they are much more noticeable in the mouth. All-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns offer the most attractive results, but are most susceptible to damage than gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Dr. Dave will help you select the type that is most suitable for your needs and goals.
Dental Crown Procedure Details
Dental crowns are usually created and placed during the course of two dental appointments. During your first visit, Dr. Dave will examine the damage to your tooth or teeth to determine the type and number of crowns needed. He will then take an impression of your tooth or teeth and send it to the dental laboratory that will create the crown. A temporary crown may be placed in the meantime.
Once your permanent crown is ready, you will return to our office for placement. Dr. Dave will remove the temporary crown and bond the permanent one in place using a strong dental adhesive. He will check your bite to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. The crown will be buffed and polished for a beautiful and flawless finish.
Making Your Dental Crown Last
Dental crowns are designed to be strong and durable, but it’s how well you take care of them that determines their longevity. Good oral hygiene (i.e., brushing twice a day and flossing daily) are important for keeping your crown in good health and appearance. We also recommend you avoid clenching or grinding your teeth, as this can crack and damage your crown. Finally, keeping up with your dental checkups allows our team to regularly evaluate the health of your crown and your overall oral health.
To learn more about dental crowns or the other dental restorations we offer, please schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Dave’s Healthy Smiles. For children and adults age 21 and younger, please contact our Clarksville or Dickson office. For all other adult patients, please contact our Dickson office.
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