A dental crown is a “cap” or covering that precisely fits over a broken, damaged, severely decayed or “unattractive” tooth. Crowns are shaped like a healthy tooth and are custom fitted to your mouth for virtually undetected appearance from adjacent natural teeth.
Crowns are designed to strengthen damaged teeth (whether due to age, disease, accidents, or normal wear) and allow them to function normally again. At times crowns can be designed to improve upon a tooth’s original appearance and can play a role in cosmetic dentistry choices. Also, following root canal therapy, crowns are often placed to reinforce the tooth and help prevent tooth fracture.
Crowns are made of many different materials depending on what needs are most important. All porcelain and all ceramic (Zirconia, Emax) type crowns offer the greatest esthetic advantage with a more natural appearance. Porcelain fused to metal crowns (metal coping interior with porcelain exterior) are frequently used also for esthetic restorations. Full cast gold crowns are sometimes placed on posterior teeth where durability and heavy chewing forces are a concern.
Dental crown procedures generally involve two visits to our office. Initially with preparation, Dr. Clanton will remove decay, shape the tooth, and get impression (mold) of your crown preparation. Following this, Dr. Clanton’s assistant will fabricate and fit a temporary acrylic crown which protects your tooth while your permanent crown is being fabricated by our dental lab. Our staff will always make sure you leave our office with your smile intact. At the subsequent visit, temporary crown is removed and permanent crown is fitted and adjusted to where it is comfortable in your mouth. An x-ray is take to further verify accuracy of fit. Finally, the crown is seated and cemented to give you a beautifully restored natural looking tooth.
Capabilities and Considerations
Dental crowns are durable, long-lasting restorations providing full coverage support to the tooth, along with enhancing a patient’s smile. Longevity of several years is expected with good home care regimen (brushing and flossing as with natural teeth) and regular dental hygiene maintenance visits.
Please call our office at 423-929-7146 or contact us online if you have any questions regarding dental crowns.
Ashby P. Clanton, DDS
Professional and caring; Dr. Clanton has a true heart for his patients. From emergency and restorative procedures, I would trust no one else to completely fulfill our dental needs.
- James H
Last Thursday night, I was enjoying a meal of corn on the cob when - disaster struck! Where before there had been plump, juicy, yellow kernels, I noticed a shimmering white tooth lodged in the butter-sodden cob. I was very concerned; as I am a graduate student at ETSU, and having just started the school year, I didn't have a dentist in the area. Dr. Clanton is the dentist for one of my classmates and his family, so I was able to get into his office without a scheduled appointment and was quickly worked in for my emergency. Ava was my dental assistant and she made me feel very comfortable and relieved my typical fears of the dentist (I have been avoiding getting my teeth cleaned for the past few years). With my newly intact crown, I will be back for a cleaning and will recommend Dr. Clanton's office to all of my classmates. Go Bucs!
- James S