When a tooth is worn down or damaged, it may be saved with a crown. Sometimes called a cap, dental crowns are made custom to cover the damage and colored to blend with your natural teeth for an attractive finish. At Buford Family Dentistry in Buford, GA, a crown can treat a large area of decay, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask discoloration. Practitioners create dental crowns with a range of materials to meet your specific needs, including metal, porcelain, and metal covered with porcelain.
If you are missing a tooth, our practitioners may also recommend an implant-retained crown to fill the gap without needing to change the teeth surrounding it. In this procedure, a post is placed below the gumline to fuse into the jaw bone. Once secure, it is restored with a crown that matches the rest of your smile. Make an appointment to find out how a traditional crown or implant-retained crown may repair or strengthen a damaged tooth while also boosting the total health of your mouth.
Crowns may be used in a number of ways. They may cover a weak, decaying tooth to prevent it from chipping or it may hold together a cracked tooth. Dental crowns may also fix a loose or worn-down tooth. They may be used to strengthen a tooth with a lot of decay that will not take a tooth-colored filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or mask discolored or misshapen teeth. As for placement, crowns can be glued over your tooth or connected by an implant. The material is selected with consideration to where it is being placed. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or metal is typically stronger, which makes them better suited for the less visible teeth in the back. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are better for the visible teeth and customized to match the shape, color, and size of your teeth. At your consult, we will discuss your choices and help you choose the best dental crown for your needs.
What To Expect
During your consult, our practitioners will get dental impressions so your crown can be made to fit your tooth. In some cases, a temporary dental crown may be used to cover your tooth as your permanent crown is being crafted. As soon as your dental crown is made, the treatment area will be given a local numbing anesthetic. More sedation techniques may be used if you have dental anxieties or fears. When the anesthesia has taken effect, our staff will prep your tooth by cleaning away debris and decay, then lightly file the enamel to create space for your dental crown. Your dental crown can be either glued to your tooth or connected to an implant. Once set, we can adjust the crown's fit so it is comfortable.
Unless sedation was used, you will be able to leave our office once the procedure is done and get back to your day. A member of our team will discuss how to care for your crown, including any foods that should be avoided as well as how to clean it. During your annual exams at Buford Family Dentistry, our staff will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it to keep it comfortable. We will determine when your crown should be replaced; however, with good care, it may last for several years. If you have any issues with your crown (if it falls out or is loose), call our office right away. Don't try to repair it or re-attach it because this may cause an infection or bad fit.
Based on your dental insurance, a portion of your costs may be paid. Once we talk to your insurance provider, we will be able to better calculate your personal costs. At your consult, our caring team will help you choose the best crown material that suits your needs and budget. We can also discuss payment methods along with financing to help make your procedure affordable.
Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth may be treated with a dental crown at Buford Family Dentistry. Talk to our general dentists about how a dental crown or implant-retained crown can protect your teeth from harm and help keep your mouth healthy. Offering different materials for your needs, a custom crown can blend with your teeth to keep your smile beautiful. Contact our team in Buford, GA to schedule an appointment.