Dental crowns can be used for a variety of dental problems. providing a “cap” for a damaged, decayed or badly discolored tooth. Marietta dentists Dr. Michael Mulkey and Dr. Melissa Kennedy may recommend a tooth crown for both restorative and cosmetic purposes due to their durability. A dental crown can be used for many reasons, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Replace metal fillings
Dental crowns are a great solution for the reasons above. However, If we determine that your teeth are more damaged than thought, we will recommend a more lasting and permanent procedure like dental implants.
Dental crowns can be made from different materials such as metal, porcelain, composite or a combination of these materials. The specific choice of material will depend on several factors and Dr. Mulkey can discuss your options with you to determine which is best for you. Porcelain and composite crowns are made to match your natural teeth to blend with your smile.
Dental crowns are durable and will last for many years with proper oral hygiene and routine dental care.
Dental Crown Procedure at Lost Mountain Dental
Initial Visit – First, your Lost Mountain dentist will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, the dentist will look for hidden signs of decay, stress and instability. This exam will help your dentist to design a personalized treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function. The dentist will inform you on the various options you have for dental crowns and help you make the best choice.
Tooth Preparation – Once the treatment plan is finalized, your dentist will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. A temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.
Final Restoration – In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Marietta dentist office for the delivery appointment. Your dentist will try on the dental crown and secure it for a permanent fit.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Dental crown treatment is generally pain-free. Our dentists will ensure you are as comfortable as possible, offering sedation dentistry options when needed.It is normal to experience mild sensitivity following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 to 3 days of treatment.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a tooth crown depends on the material used, location of the tooth and specific condition of the patient. Before your treatment begins, Dr. Mulkey or Dr. Kennedy will complete a full review of the procedure including the dental crown cost. We work with virtually all dental insurance carriers in our Marietta GA dentist office.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have a broken crown, please contact our Marietta dentist office for an appointment with your dentist. We try to see dental emergency patients on the same day whenever possible.
How long should a crown stay on your tooth?
Crowns last between five to 15 years. They may need replacing after 10 years, so it is important to have your dentist check up on them regularly.
Can a tooth rot under a crown?
A tooth can become damaged by bacteria underneath the crown. This can cause cavities and tooth decay. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent bacteria from building up.
How long do dental crowns take to settle?
Although the new crown may feel larger and heavier to the patient immediately after placement, in about 2 weeks the patient will have adjusted to it. Your crown should settle after about 2 weeks after placement.
What to avoid after getting a crown?
To prevent crown tightening, stick to soft foods and stay away from caramel, toffee, and raisins. You can accidentally damage your crown if you eat hard or crunchy foods like celery sticks, carrots, nuts, popcorn, etc. For the first 24 hours following your crown placement, avoid these foods.
How long does it take for your gums to heal after a crown?
After a crown placement patients gums may be sensitive for a few weeks. This is entirely normal and is part of the healing process. It may take up to a month for your gums to begin to feel normal again. Patience is key during the healing process, as this varies per individual.