FAQs on Dental Crowns

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a restoration, usually made of porcelain, which covers all visible surfaces of a tooth. It fits over the tooth like a cap, and is designed to fully restore the appearance, functionality, and health of the treated tooth.

Why would I need a crown?

Crowns are used to restore teeth that are badly decayed, broken, weak, or worn down. A crown is often placed on a tooth following root canal treatment, to prevent fracturing or other damage in the future.

What are crowns made of?

Porcelain is most common, but other options include porcelain-fused-to-metal, zirconia, or gold. A temporary crown may be made of a composite material.

How long does it take to get a crown?

Typically, the entire process is complete in a couple of weeks, with just two office visits.

What should I do if I lose a dental crown?

Call us right away, as the tooth will be fragile and exposed until the crown is replaced. You may be able to secure the crown back on the tooth temporarily with denture cement or toothpaste, which will help protect the tooth until you get to our office.

Will my crown look natural?

In most cases, yes. We work with the finest cosmetic materials, and take great pride in our smile design skills. A cosmetic dental crown will replicate the appearance of a natural tooth, for a flawless smile. If you choose a gold crown, it will not be coated or colored, so it will not look natural. Fortunately, there are many beautiful alternatives, so gold is not necessary.

Can I get a veneer instead of a crown?

The best option will be determined by the health and strength of the tooth to be treated. A veneer is very thin, and it covers one surface of a tooth, whereas a crown covers the entire tooth like a cap. Therefore, a veneer will not provide a great deal of protection or support for a damaged tooth.

If you have any additional questions about dental crowns, or you would like to schedule an appointment at Mouth Carolina Dentistry please call (843)751 4262.

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