questions about dental crowns

Questions About Dental Crowns

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What is a dental crown?

A dental crown also referred to as a “cap” or “crown,” is essentially a cap that covers the exterior surface of a tooth. The purpose of a crown is to strengthen a tooth that is compromised by either a large filling or fracture that cannot otherwise withstand normal chewing pressure. In other words, a crown can save your tooth from needing to be extracted. At Devine Dentistry, we can fabricate a custom porcelain crown for your tooth, providing you with natural, yet comfortable results for your smile. Your new crown will be indistinguishable from your other natural teeth, even down to the tiny natural grooves.

Why should I get a crown, rather than have my tooth pulled?

At Devine Dentistry, we believe saving teeth from being extracted is usually the best approach. Not only does restoring your existing teeth save you money in the long run, but it also helps protect your oral health against the perils of missing teeth such as the resorption of the jawbone and shifting teeth. However, in instances where a tooth must be extracted, we will discuss viable tooth replacement options with you.

Will my crown be permanent?

Yes. Once we seat the permanent porcelain crown over your tooth, it will forever be in place. This is a good thing because you will never have to worry about it! Just carry on as you normally would with your natural teeth, eating and drinking what you like.

What will a crown look like once it is installed?

At Devine Dentistry, we take pride in offering cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry by using advanced technologies and materials. This means that we can offer elite cosmetic dentistry to our patients. By using high-quality dental porcelain and advanced dental technology, we are able to fabricate your dental crown in the same day! This means no waiting for weeks while wearing a temporary crown. You can have a new crown in one appointment to our Nashville office.

What can I expect during a crown procedure? 

During your appointment, Dr. Devine will numb your mouth, and gently remove damaged areas of your tooth to make way for your new porcelain crown. We then use our CAD software to scan your tooth. This is then used in conjunction with our in-office milling machine (CAD), which crafts your customized dental crown all while you wait. Once your crown is ready, Dr. Devine will seat it into place and make any necessary adjustments. Once you leave our office, your new tooth is ready to go!

Are there alternatives to crowns?

Cosmetic dentistry provides various options for patients looking to preserve their smile and correct cosmetic concerns. However, a dental crown certainly is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. At Devine Dentistry, we customize treatment plans based on the individual needs of the patient. With that being said, we also like to take a conservative approach when treating our patients. This means that we prefer to save as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, which means some patients may require more extensive or less invasive treatment to save their tooth. Each case is different, which is why we recommend a consultation to determine if a dental crown is right for you.

To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule your consultation, call our office at (615) 269-4209.

Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.